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Collateral (2004)

A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles.

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LA cabbie Max Durocher is the type of person who can wax poetic about other people's lives, which impresses U.S. Justice Department prosecutor Annie Farrell, one of his fares, so much that she gives him her telephone number at the end of her ride. Although a dedicated man as seen through the efficiency in which he does his work, he can't or won't translate that eloquence into a better life for himself. He deludes himself into believing that his now twelve year cabbie job is temporary and that someday he will own his own limousine service. He even lies to his hospitalized mother that he already owns one, with a further lie that he tells her as such primarily to make her happy, rather than the truth which is that he won't do anything to achieve that dream. One night, Max picks up a well dressed man named Vincent, who asks Max to be his only fare for the evening. For a flat fee of $600, plus an extra $100 if he gets to the airport on time - Vincent wants Max to drive him to five stops ... Written by Huggo

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It started like any other night

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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6 August 2004 (USA)  »

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$65,000,000 (estimated)

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$24,701,458 (USA) (6 August 2004)

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$100,003,492 (USA) (8 October 2004)
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The train sequence was shot with a green screen background because Michael Mann had very precise ideas about what should be visible through the train windows. See more »

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During the gunfight at the nightclub, Vincent fires at least seventeen shots from his gun before reloading, even though the USP he uses only holds twelve. See more »

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[first lines]
Vincent: You OK?
Airport Man: Yeah, I'm fine mate, don't worry about it.
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Written by Rick Garcia, Rene Reyes & Cisco De Luna
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One of the Best movies I've seen this year
16 December 2004 | by (Windsor, Canada) – See all my reviews

Who would have ever thought that Jamie Foxx and Tom Cruise would be an on screen duo? Well it has happened in fine fashion. Michael Mann's articulate direction and his obsession with nitetime LA have made this film fast paced an smooth looking. The basic plot revolves around Foxx as a cabbie who catches a stroke of bad luck by acquiring Cruise as a passenger. Cruise turns out to be a hit-man who is picking people off as his temporary employer sees fit. A wild ride through LA's nightlife gives way for a journey of self-realization for Foxx (whom dreams of his own limo company and tropical islands). The slick script and sophistication of the plot and character development always keep the audience on the edge of their seats. Although this movie has received good ratings, I feel that the film is slightly overlooked. Collateral serves as a great model for how thrillers should be made, and it delivers a great breakthrough performance by Foxx. Well Done!


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