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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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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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6 August 2004 (USA)  »

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Untitled Michael Mann Project  »

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$65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$100,003,492 (USA) (8 October 2004)
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The only film where Tom Cruise plays a villain, besides Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994). See more »

Goofs

In the train car shootout, Vincent and Max empty their pistols at each other and both guns are locked open by design. Vincent ejects a loaded magazine that couldn't have locked his slide open. 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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There are no opening credits of any kind. The title does not appear until the closing credits. See more »

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Featured in City of Night: The Making of 'Collateral' (2004) See more »

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Written by Jose Becerra, Armando Feria, Ernesto Molina, Joaquin Pacheco, Steven Pasillas,
Ray Rivera & Luis Vasquez
Performed by Inner City Soul
Courtesy of East L.A. Sabor
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Tom Cruise - Better than I thought!
10 July 2005 | by (South East of England) – See all my reviews

This film could be a major turning point in Tom's career. He plays Vincent with cold-blooded charm. It is wonderful to watch a character stay flawless throughout an entire film and not be OTT with Hollywood FX etc. The dialogue between Vincent and Max is brilliant and the tug of hate they exchange brings out some chilling truths.

I love the way this movie has been filmed. It almost shows you the dark side of LA as well as the dark side of life.

The soundtrack cruises through the film beautifully. It is well timed at crucial scenes and when the film is done, you just want to buy the soundtrack to listen to.

Everyone that I have recommended this film to have been well pleased. However, Tom Cruise was sensational in this film and I was never keen on him. This film sits high in the rankings table for me and I am telling those who haven't seen it - YOU MUST!


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