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Standoff (2016)

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Carter (Thomas Jane), a troubled veteran, gets a chance at redemption by protecting a 12-year-old girl from an assassin (Laurence Fishburne) after she witnesses a murder. Holding a shotgun ... See full summary »


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Adam Alleca





Credited cast:
Thomas Jane ... Carter
Laurence Fishburne ... Sade
Ella Ballentine ... Bird
John Tench ... Roger
Jim Watson ... Officer Baker
Ted Atherton ... The Priest (as Tim Atherton)
Joanna Douglas ... Mara
Laura de Carteret ... Woman
Craig Porritt ... Dispatcher
Darcy Roy Darcy Roy ... Bodyguard
J.J. Dimichele J.J. Dimichele ... Sam


Carter (Thomas Jane), a troubled veteran, gets a chance at redemption by protecting a 12-year-old girl from an assassin (Laurence Fishburne) after she witnesses a murder. Holding a shotgun with a single shell, he engages in physical and psychological warfare in a desperate fight for the girl's life. Written by IvanWong

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Plot Keywords:

21th century | child | girl | man | woman | See All (182) »


A Deadly Game Only One Can Survive


Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language throughout | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 February 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Acorralados See more »

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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Thomas Jane's background story is similar to the role he played in the Punisher where after the death of his family (minus his wife) he starts drinking and contemplates on committing suicide. See more »


It's tough to see, but when Carter loads the 20 gauge shotgun both times, the primer on the shell is already dimpled which indicates that the round has already been hit by a firing pin and therefore would not "go off" in the shotgun he loaded it into. See more »


Bird: What's the water for?
Carter: For drinking
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What you'd expect given its synopsis - and that's a good thing.
13 February 2016 | by OfCopsandMonstersSee all my reviews

First, an explanation for that admittedly inflated rating: I felt it necessary to offset what I think were some pretty harsh ratings given elsewhere. As far as the film goes, I think its first-time writer-director did a great job in crafting a story whose plot-line and characters' actions are rationally defensible. That alone is a goddamn miracle in this day and age. True, I would have given more consideration in establishing the cemetery scene as the explosive catalyst, but it accomplishes what it's meant to: It gets Thomas and Lawrence where they need to be - at each other's throats. As is always the case with such fare, you can nitpick elsewhere, too. But the bottom line is that "Standoff" plays fair with its audience. Despite not taking my Ritalin I didn't get bored once or felt like my intelligence was insulted. The best piece of advice I can give the prospective viewer is not to expect any Michael Bay-level pyrotechnics. It ain't that kind of flick, Bubba (again, that's a good thing). It's an interesting study of two men at the end of their ropes whose skill sets lend themselves to the tasks at hand. All the actors are at least credible and the camera work and lighting are exceptionally good for this kind of film. Finally, the banter between the two stars is what makes the film.

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