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Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

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A frustrated man decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family's killers free. He targets not only the killer but also the district attorney and others involved in the deal.

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F. Gary Gray

Writer:

Kurt Wimmer
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Foxx ... Nick Rice
Gerard Butler ... Clyde Shelton
Colm Meaney ... Detective Dunnigan
Bruce McGill ... Jonas Cantrell
Leslie Bibb ... Sarah Lowell
Michael Irby ... Detective Garza
Gregory Itzin ... Warden Iger
Regina Hall ... Kelly Rice
Emerald-Angel Young Emerald-Angel Young ... Denise Rice (as Emerald Angel Young)
Christian Stolte ... Clarence Darby
Annie Corley ... Judge Laura Burch
Richard Portnow ... Bill Reynolds
Viola Davis ... Mayor
Michael Kelly ... Bray
Josh Stewart ... Rupert Ames (as Joshua Stewart)
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Storyline

Clyde Shelton's family is brutally murdered. The ones responsible are caught. However, because of improper procedure, the D.A., Nick Rice only has circumstantial evidence. So he decides to get one of them to testify against the other. When Shelton learns of this, he is not happy. Ten years later, the one who was convicted is being executed but something goes wrong; his execution goes awry and he suffers. They learn that someone tampered with the machine. And the other one is found dead, killed in a gruesome manner. Rice suspects Shelton, so he has him picked up. At first, Shelton agrees to a plea agreement with Rice but changes his mind. It appears that Shelton is not done, it appears he blames the whole system and is declaring war on it going after everyone involved with his family's case. So Rice has to stop him but Shelton is way ahead of him. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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How do you stop a killer who is already behind bars? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody brutal violence and torture, a scene of rape, and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Law Abiding Citizen See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,039,502, 18 October 2009

Gross USA:

$73,343,413

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$126,690,726
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Runtime:

| (director's cut)

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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Gerard Butler's character uses the line "It's not what you know, it's what you can prove in court". This is the same line Denzel Washington uses in Training Day minus the "in court". See more »

Goofs

After Clyde's murder of his cell mate with the steak bone, the blood splatter on the back wall increases from the time he lies in his bunk to when the warden looks into the cell. See more »

Quotes

Nick Rice: [to Clyde softly while he sits in a confinement cell] I what I'm about to tell you I don't anybody else to hear as a prosecutor I'm breaking all the rules right now and I don't give a damn because I'm a father, I have a little girl and what you did: bravo, the world is better without Darby and Ames, you're not going to see a tear shed from me or anybody in my office.
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Alternate Versions

The Ireland release was originally rated 18 and revised to get a 16 rating, only to be rated 18 once again for video release. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Eminence Front
Written by Pete Townshend
Performed by The Who
Courtesy of Polydor Records Ltd./Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Great Start and Middle, Really Bad Ending... So A Good Movie Altogether.
15 May 2019 | by patyoSee all my reviews

The movie really had its potential to be a great movie. However, the last 10 minutes of Hollywood garbage writing and plot hole screwed it up. Other than that, a really smart, well-acted, directed, written movie. A true rare piece of original idea.


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