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Brick (2005)

A teenage loner pushes his way into the underworld of a high school crime ring to investigate the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend.


Rian Johnson


Rian Johnson
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Brendan
Nora Zehetner ... Laura
Lukas Haas ... The Pin
Noah Fleiss ... Tugger
Matt O'Leary ... The Brain
Emilie de Ravin ... Emily (as Emilie De Ravin)
Noah Segan ... Dode
Richard Roundtree ... Assistant V.P. Trueman
Meagan Good ... Kara
Brian White ... Brad Bramish
Jonathan Cauff ... Biff
Reedy Gibbs Reedy Gibbs ... Pin's Mom
Lucas Babin ... Big Stoner
Tracy Bitterolf Tracy Bitterolf ... Straggler (as Tracy Wilcoxen)
Ari Welkom ... Tangles (as Ari Velkom)


The lonely teenager Brendan finds his former girlfriend Emily dead in the entrance of a tunnel of sewage and recalls her phone call two days ago, when she said to him that she was in trouble. Brendan, who still loved Emily, met bad elements of his high-school trying to contact her, and when he succeeded, she told him that she was OK. He hides her body in the tunnel and decides to investigate the meaning and connection of four words, including "brick" and "pin", that Emily told him to find who killed her. Using the support of his nerd friend Brain, he successively meets the small time drug dealers Kara, Dode, Brad Bramish, Laura and Tugger, to reach the teenager powerful drug dealer The Pin. Slowly, Brendan unravels the motives why Emily was killed and plots a revenge. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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"A spellbinder! It pins you to your seat." See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violent and drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 April 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Ponta de um Crime See more »

Filming Locations:

San Clemente, California, USA


Box Office


$475,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$83,574, 2 April 2006

Gross USA:

$2,060,589, 9 July 2006
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The director was asked about his frequent shots of birds and feet in the movie. "'Birds and Feet' could be an alternate title for the movie," Rian Johnson joked. " The birds were definitely a little nod to The Maltese Falcon (1941), but it has more to do with shooting in San Clemente, a little beach-town in Orange County. It's my hometown actually, and we shot it at my high school. That town is full of birds, full of seagulls. I grew up surrounded by them and I knew that shooting there, we were going to be surrounded by them, so it kind of made sense to make that some sort of ongoing motif in the movie. The feet thing, I just personally really like shoes as a design element for a character. They can give you a very instant snapshot of the essence of that character. Brendan with his good solid, no-nonsense weathered shoes, or Emily, with shoes that were these beautiful delicate little things that now are all beat-up." See more »


When Brendan confronts Kara for the third time, she is wearing a choker with a huge flower on it. The flower keeps moving from the side of her neck to the center of her neck between shots. See more »


[first lines]
[Brendan answers the pay phone]
Emily: Brendan.
Brendan Frye: Emily.
Emily: Yeah-h... How's things?
Brendan Frye: Status quo.
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15 May 2006 | by dannyfitzukSee all my reviews

Having absorbed all the hype about this film I went along to see it with great expectations. How disappointed I was. There are many defects and errors in this film. Here is my list:

I found the dialogue inaudible and when I did hear what the characters were saying I found it completely incomprehensible.

The lead who played Brendan has to be the most uncharismatic actor I have ever seen on screen. Top marks to this guy for being able to deliver the gibberish dialogue, but aside from that this anti-hero character that he plays is truly repellent. Even the poorest most unpopular student in high school wouldn't have bad hair, bad shoes, and completely ill fitting denim pants. Do all squares have to be so unstylish? How can someone so skinny and badly dressed walk around like he's a jock and not to be messed with? The Laura character is prematurely middle-aged and totally pretentious and irritating and that's only when you can hear what she's actually saying. If this film is a satire on American youth - where everyone is sixteen going on 42 then it works on this premise. However I don't believe for a moment that there is even a high school in Hollywood where all the kids talk in hyper-slang with perfectly polished sophisticated responses. This film could never be called realistic.

The only redeeming feature in this project is the lovely Emilie De Ravin who unfortunately plays the soon-to-be dead girlfriend Emily. If she played Laura she would have had more screen time and perhaps would have delivered the strange dialogue with more clarity than the actress who played her.

De Ravin is like a composite of Jodie Foster and Michell Pfeiffer when they were younger. And and yet far from reminding us of them, she also seems to possess an ethereal quality that transcend that initial impression - innocence corrupted springs to mind when I saw here in this flick. I hope this is the start of a glittering career for her.

Watch out pointy chinned Witherspoon!

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