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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.

Director:

Dan Gilroy

Writer:

Dan Gilroy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Gyllenhaal ... Louis Bloom
Michael Papajohn ... Security Guard
Marco Rodríguez ... Scrapyard Owner (as Marco Rodriguez)
Bill Paxton ... Joe Loder
James Huang ... Marcus Mayhem Video
Kent Shocknek ... Kent Shocknek
Pat Harvey Pat Harvey ... Pat Harvey
Sharon Tay ... Sharon Tay
Rick Garcia ... Rick Garcia
Leah Fredkin ... Female Anchor
Bill Seward ... Bill Seward
Rick Chambers ... KWLA Anchor Ben Waterman
Holly Hannula Holly Hannula ... KWLA Anchor Lisa Mays
Jonny Coyne ... Pawn Shop Owner
Nick Chacon 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 »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The red car Jake Gyllenhaal drives in the second half of the film is a 2014 Dodge Challenger SRT8. He starts off driving a Toyota Tercel. See more »

Goofs

After Louis calls in the suspects in the restaurant, the police scanner can be heard identifying the situation as a "code 3." Based on the codes Louis researched toward the beginning of the movie, and listed on his computer screen, a code 3 is an "emergency call, lights and siren." When the officers arrive, they do so absent lights and siren, which would have been a code 2/HIGH based on Louis' research, which was listed as a "priority call, no lights or siren." See more »

Quotes

Lou Bloom: You don't work with me, you're someone I sell to
Nina Romina: And I don't wanna fuck that up.
Lou Bloom: What if by saying no you fuck it up?
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Crazy Credits

NightcrawlerLLC did not receive any payment or other consideration, nor entered into any agreement, for the depiction of tobacco products in this film. See more »

Connections

Featured in The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

THE JOUST - PART 1
Written by Vic Schoen (as Victor Shoen)
From the motion picture The Court Jester (1955)
Courtesy of Dena's Trust and Paramount Pictures
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A razor sharp satire with Gyllenhaal in top form
24 October 2014 | by trublu215See all my reviews

If you take the slick look of Drive and the satirical wit of Network, you get Nightcrawler. This film is a genius first film for director Dan Gilroy, it is darkly comedic, surprisingly disturbing and is brilliantly acted. The film tells the story of Lou Bloom, a freelance videographer who covers the crime world in LA for a local news station and ruthless editor played by Rene Russo. It isn't before long until Bloom's demented job overtakes his life, making him colder and colder the deeper he goes. The film plays like a twisted bloody version of Network and has the satirical wit to back it up. Jake Gyllenhaal is utterly fantastic in this film. Lou Bloom is a role that he is completely submerged in and it oozes through every frame as our dislike for Bloom intensifies throughout the film. But what this film does best is not make us particularly like Bloom but it makes us wonder what he is willing to do next. And trust me, his actions get as sick and as shocking as they come. Bloom is a depraved individual and Jake Gyllenhaal deserves a hell of a lot acknowledgment for this role because he pulls off the tricky task of making the audience care about a character that is truly unlikeable and does so with not one false note. It is truly mesmerizing to see. The supporting cast including Rene Russo and Bill Paxton are absolutely great in this film and deliver career bests here. The cinematography also is top notch here, blending the awesome pallets of Drive with a bitter cold makes for an engaging view and makes it hard for you to peel your eyes from the screen. Writer/Director Dan Gilroy is someone to watch, especially coming out of the gates with a film filled with sheer and raw velocity like this one. It is not only an impressive first film but a brilliant film all around. I highly recommend it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,441,000, 2 November 2014

Gross USA:

$32,381,217

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$47,398,992
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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