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Bastille Day (2016)

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A young pickpocket and an unruly CIA agent team up on an anti-terrorist mission in France.

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James Watkins
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Idris Elba ... Sean Briar
Richard Madden ... Michael Mason
Charlotte Le Bon ... Zoe
Kelly Reilly ... Karen Dacre
José Garcia ... Victor Gamieux
Thierry Godard ... Rafi Bertrand
Vincent Londez Vincent Londez ... Yannick Bertrand
Arieh Worthalter Arieh Worthalter ... Jean
Mohamed Makhtoumi Mohamed Makhtoumi ... Christophe
Théo Costa-Marini Théo Costa-Marini ... Xavier (as Théo Costa Marini)
Jérôme Gaspard ... Yves
Ismaël Sy Savané Ismaël Sy Savané ... Serge (as Ismael Sy Savane)
James Stewart ... Henri
James Cox ... Pierre
James Harris ... Marcel
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Storyline

Michael Mason, a pickpocket living in Paris, steals a bag with a teddy bear in it. Not realizing the toy contains a timed bomb, he tosses it aside on a busy street. A few seconds later it explodes, killing four people. CCTV footage reveals Mason's face and the French police tag him as a terrorist threat. The explosion, although botched, was set up by a select group of the French Interior Ministry as a decoy so they can make a half billion dollar digital transfer from a bank (closed on French National Day) -- hence the title Bastille Day. In a separate CIA investigation the unruly agent Sean Briar discovers the real story behind Mason's "terrorist attack". The two men, on different sides of the law, collaborate to bring the corrupt members of the Ministry down. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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Plot Keywords:

pickpocket | cia | bomb | swat team | riot | See All (272) »

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With law comes disorder. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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UK | France | USA | Luxembourg

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

18 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Take See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, Île-de-France, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,000, 18 November 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$39,000, 18 November 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,397,593, 20 November 2016
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Dolby Atmos

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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Both lead male actors, Idris Elba) and Richard Madden, used improvisation [aka improv] that helped to build a real and exciting relationship for their characters, Sean Briar and Michael Mason respectively. Madden said: "On one of our first days on set together, we were filming a scene inside a car in a car park for a whole day and we started playing around with a couple of the scenes, firing things back and forth to each other, just having some fun and making sure our American accents were spot on. We thought, this kind of works for the characters, having digs at each other and bantering, so we fed it into the scenes and there ended up being a lot of improv at the start or end of the scene. Even if it isn't used in the final cut, the experience of playing around like that with Idris helped to build the screen relationship between our two characters." See more »

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When the main character leaves the home of the receiver of the stolen goods he spots the sniper because of the laser pointer. No sniper would ever use a laser pointer. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Michael Mason: So where do I go from here? I didn't even get the money. Are the CIA gonna reimburse me?
Sean Briar: Guess you gotta get a job.
Michael Mason: A job? The CIA for anything going?
Sean Briar: Yeah, you can clean the cars.
Michael Mason: Cleaning like swept for bombs?
Sean Briar: No, buddy. Soap and water.
Michael Mason: What about something in surveillance?
Sean Briar: I don't think so.
Michael Mason: The mailroom?
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Featured in Projector: Bastille Day (2016) See more »

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Reverend Black Grape
Written by Shaun Ryder, Paul Leveridge(aka Kermit), Spencer Birtwistle (as Spencer Birtwhistle), Martin Mittler, Ian Bendelow
Performed by Black Grape
(p) 1995 Radioactive Records J.V
© 401K/Mute Song /STIP
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A great thriller
23 April 2016 | by colinwillsgibsonSee all my reviews

Surprised this isn't at least in the 7's on here. Elba is excellent, no cheesy crap Bond esque love interests. Just a proper thriller with some great twists and decent action sequences. Some comical moments in a non Marvel universe cheesy way.

Nothing incredibly new with the plot, but it does keep you interested for the duration. The end hints at a sequel, which could be interesting.

If you like a good action / thriller - this is the best I've seen in a long while. Not quite as good as the old Bournes, but certainly better than recent Bonds.


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