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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

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
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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Don't Set Him Off! See more »

Genres:

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

The character of John Wick was originally meant to be in his mid-60s. Derek Kolstad wrote it with Paul Newman in mind. See more »

Goofs

At approx 1 hr 27 min, the rear windscreen of John Wick's car has already been shot through. However, as John spins the car around the dumpster, light is reflected from the intact rear windscreen. See more »

Quotes

Iosef Tarasov: Nice ride. Mustang, Boss 429. She a 70?
John Wick: 69.
Iosef Tarasov: Beautiful car.
John Wick: Thanks.
Iosef Tarasov: How much?
John Wick: Excuse me?
Iosef Tarasov: How much for the car?
John Wick: She's not for sale.
[John gets in the car; Iosef comes to the window and starts petting John's dog]
Iosef Tarasov: Oh, I love dogs.
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Underworld (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

The Drowning
(uncredited)
Performed by Le Castle Vania
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Manly action film
11 November 2014 | by VoeimSee all my reviews

Lesson learned: don't get on retired legendary hit-man John Wick's bad side. In the film of the same name, he goes back into action shooting up bad guys in a city where it seems that the cops have all simultaneously taken a vacation. Played by surprisingly youthful quinquagenarian Keanu Reeves, John Wick's style of shooting baddies is reminiscent of my days playing Whac-A-Mole, Duck Hunt, or any of those arcade games with the plastic guns. Wick is a vengeant superman, and this is the basis of the entire movie. Although he doesn't have a clear weakness that can be exploited like most heroes, Wick does get into enough trouble for the audience to be sincerely worried about him.

If you're planning on seeing John Wick because you like movies with clever or meaningful story lines, then you're going to be disappointed. If you are looking for raw well- choreographed action and machismo, then look no further. House Greyjoy's Alfie Allen stands out as villainous Russian mafia brat Iosef Tarasov, and Michael Nyqvist (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) plays Viggo, his mob boss father. Adrianne Palicki, Willem Dafoe, Ian McShane and Dean Winters round out a strong supporting cast.

Overall, I enjoyed John Wick as a pure action film. It doesn't have a storyline like The Matrix or Speed, but it was visually entertaining and the simplicity of the story allowed for appreciation of the action. This movie is manly and primitive, and proves that at the age of 50, Keanu Reeves can still mix it up as an action star.


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Country:

USA | UK | China

Language:

English | Russian | Hungarian

Release Date:

24 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,415,922, 26 October 2014

Gross USA:

$43,037,835

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$86,081,711
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2.39 : 1
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