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Nightcrawler (2014)

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When Louis Bloom, a con man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Louis Bloom
... Security Guard
... Scrapyard Owner (as Marco Rodriguez)
... Joe Loder
... Marcus Mayhem Video
... Kent Shocknek
Pat Harvey ... Pat Harvey
Sharon Tay ... Sharon Tay
Rick Garcia ... Rick Garcia
... Female Anchor
... Bill Seward
Rick Chambers ... KWLA Anchor Ben Waterman
Holly Hannula ... KWLA Anchor Lisa Mays
... Pawn Shop Owner
Nick Chacon ... Cop #1
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Storyline

NIGHTCRAWLER is a thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling - where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Written by Open Road Films

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The closer you look the darker it gets. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence including graphic images, and for language | See all certifications »

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31 October 2014 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,900,000, 1 November 2014, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$32,381,218

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,334,418
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Trivia

The music cues in the movie represent the music cues in Lou's head. See more »

Goofs

When Lou tracks down the perpetrators of the home invasion, he uses a resource on the web to run their license plates. While license plate information is not legally available to the general public, the owner's name (but not address) is still available to private investigators - e.g., from www.docusearch.com/california-license-plate-search.html. Lou would have to lie about his reason, pay $39, and still need to track down the owner's address. See more »

Quotes

Lou Bloom: Why you purse something is equally as important as what you purse.
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Crazy Credits

Though hardly perceivable, the moon continues to rise as credits roll. See more »

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Referenced in Filmbarátok Podcast: Episode #1.62 (2014) See more »

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PATRONA DE LOS RECLUSOS
Written by Enrique Bonfante
Performed by The Latin Brothers
Courtesy of Miami Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Stylishly Scary Tour de Force
9 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

From Welles to De Niro to Hanks to Bale, Hollywood has a history of actors going through extreme body transformations. While Gyllenhaal's intense weight loss will easily fit this trend, to only focus on that part of his commitment to Nightcrawler would be overlooking how impressively gone he is as Louis Bloom, the focus of this intense character study about an overlooked and disturbed individual. It's not a particularly "pleasant" film, and the pacing is far from quick, but the tension between Louis and his world progresses so beautifully as to pin you right to your seat. Nightcrawler is an effectively scary, uncomfortably funny, and stylishly gritty tour de force. The premise, plot and protagonist are truly unique: a sociopath becomes a freelance news-cameraman, stopping at nothing to succeed. Though his arc seems implausible, Gilroy crafts it smoothly, and Gyllenhaal's disturbed perfection make it hard NOT to believe. His unsettling bug-eyed expression and breathtakingly inappropriate smile are magnetic. Much like Scorsese's Rupert Pupkin, Bloom seems to believe he is the star of his own story: delusional, bull-headed, and respectably determined. Luckily, there is more here than just Gyllenhaal; powerful set-pieces resound, and the beautifully cool ambient guitar score is among the best of the year, complimenting Gyllenahaal's uneasy intensity. Even the camera consistently reminds us where Bloom stands in the deeply LA locale. At the heart, it's smartly calling out our propensity for praising characters for their desires, reminding us that compassionless ambition is extremely dangerous. For our fame-starved culture, Nightcrawler is a good message within a great movie with an even greater lead performance. A true don't-miss!


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