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John Wick (2014)

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An ex-hit-man comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that killed his dog and took everything from him.

Directors:

Chad Stahelski, David Leitch (uncredited)

Writer:

Derek Kolstad
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Keanu Reeves ... John Wick
Michael Nyqvist ... Viggo Tarasov
Alfie Allen ... Iosef Tarasov
Willem Dafoe ... Marcus
Dean Winters ... Avi
Adrianne Palicki ... Ms. Perkins
Omer Barnea ... Gregori
Toby Leonard Moore ... Victor (as Toby Moore)
Daniel Bernhardt ... Kirill
Bridget Moynahan ... Helen
John Leguizamo ... Aurelio
Ian McShane ... Winston
Bridget Regan ... Addy
Lance Reddick ... Hotel Manager / Charon
Keith Jardine ... Kuzma
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With the untimely death of his beloved wife still bitter in his mouth, John Wick, the expert former assassin, receives one final gift from her--a precious keepsake to help John find a new meaning in life now that she is gone. But when the arrogant Russian mob prince, Iosef Tarasov, and his men pay Wick a rather unwelcome visit to rob him of his prized 1969 Mustang and his wife's present, the legendary hitman will be forced to unearth his meticulously concealed identity. Blind with revenge, John will immediately unleash a carefully orchestrated maelstrom of destruction against the sophisticated kingpin, Viggo Tarasov, and his family, who are fully aware of his lethal capacity. Now, only blood can quench the boogeyman's thirst for retribution. Written by Nick Riganas

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John Wick isn't the Boogeyman... He's the guy you send to kill the f*cking Boogeyman. See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong and bloody violence throughout, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis, Kurt Russell, Nicolas Cage, Kevin Costner, Johnny Depp and Jason Statham were considered for the role of John Wick. See more »

Goofs

Gregori is playing Dust 514 at the safe house, a First Person Shooter only available on the PlayStation 3 system. Yet he can be seen playing it on Xbox 360. See more »

Quotes

John Wick: Viggo.
Viggo Tarasov: Yeah?
John Wick: When Helen died, I lost everything. Until that dog arrived on my doorstep... A final gift from my wife... In that moment, I received some semblance of hope... an opportunity to grieve unalone... And your son... took that from me.
Viggo Tarasov: Oh, God.
John Wick: Stole that from me... *Killed that from me*! People keep asking if I'm back and I haven't really had an answer. But now, yeah, I'm thinkin' I'm back. So you can either hand over your son or you can die screaming alongside him!
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Evil Man Blues
Written by Leonard Feather and Lionel Hampton
Performed by The Candy Shop Boys featuring Jesse Elder, Matt Parker, Scott Tixier, Sophia Urista, Arthur Vint
and Kenball Zwerin
By arrangement with Cutting Edge Music (Holdings) Limited
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The coolest action film you'll see all year
20 October 2014 | by trublu215See all my reviews

At first glance, John Wick sounds like a terrible film on paper but with the slickness of Keanu Reeves' performance as the titular character and the sheer brilliance in its action sequences, this marks the best action film of the year and one of the absolute best in the past decade. Following a brutal home invasion that leaves his beloved dog murdered by thugs from his past, John Wick vows revenge on the ones who have taken what he loves most. Like I said, on paper, this seems like a direct-to-DVD slopfest starring John Cena but as a film with Keanu Reeves as the lead, it marks the very welcomed return for Reeves to the genre. John Wick is insanely fun, violently brutal and an overall romp especially for those disappointed by The Expendables 3. John Wick is propelled by Tarantino-esque dialog mixed with the swagger of action stars from the 70s. Reeves literally emulates cool in this film and does it with such confidence, that we don't even doubt the character...even when he kills countless bad guys with extreme force in some utterly ridiculous and implausible situations. We don't doubt it for a minute. This is EXACTLY what you want out of an action film. It is briskly paced, brilliantly shot and meticulously choreographed and keeps you wanting more and more. The supporting cast filled with the likes of John Legiuzamo, Ian McShane, and Willen Dafoe also keeps this film very interesting. These guys don't play good guys, hell, John Wick by traditional standards would be a bad guy in any other film. Every character is more ruthless than the next and pushes John Wick to be more ruthless than they are, creating a very cool dynamic between the character and the plot regarding the idea of how far is too far? However, don't expect some revelation from John Wick regarding the morality of bad and evil. This film wants you entertained and does so with brute force, it never lets up, not even for a second. One scene in particular that will have your blood pumping is a showdown between thugs and Wick in a nightclub. This action sequence remains the best in the film and will have you grasping your theater seat because of the sheer intensity of it. Overall, John Wick is slick, violent fun that turns into a remarkable, surprising film that will catch you off guard. It is THAT good. I highly recommend this film to action buffs especially but I'm sure those who just like a good movie will love it as well.


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Release Date:

24 October 2014 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,415,922, 26 October 2014

Gross USA:

$43,037,835

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$86,013,056
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