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Homefront (2013)

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A former DEA agent moves his family to a quiet town, where he soon tangles with a local meth druglord.

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Gary Fleder

Writers:

Sylvester Stallone (screenplay by), Chuck Logan (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Statham ... Phil Broker
James Franco ... Morgan 'Gator' Bodine
Izabela Vidovic ... Maddy Broker
Kate Bosworth ... Cassie Bodine Klum
Marcus Hester ... Jimmy Klum
Clancy Brown ... Sheriff Keith Rodrigue
Winona Ryder ... Sheryl Marie Mott
Omar Benson Miller ... Teedo
Rachelle Lefevre ... Susan Hetch
Frank Grillo ... Cyrus Hanks
Chuck Zito ... 'Danny T' Turrie
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Werks
Linds Edwards ... Jojo Turrie
Austin Craig ... Teddy Klum
Owen Harn ... Clay
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Storyline

Phil Broker is a former DEA agent who has gone through a crisis after his actions against a biker gang went horribly wrong ,and it cost the life of his boss's son. He is recently widowed and is left with a 9 year old daughter, Maddy. He decides to quit the turbulent and demanding life of the DEA for Maddy's sake and retires to a small town. His daughter fights off a boy who is bullying her at school, and this sets in motion a round of events that end in his direct confrontation with the local Meth drug lord. His past with the biker gang also enters the arena, making matters more complex. But he has a mission in his mind to protect his daughter, and he is ready to pay any cost that it demands. Written by Mujahid Khattak

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How far would you go to protect your home? See more »

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, drug content and brief sexuality. | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Línea de fuego See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,915,241, 1 December 2013

Gross USA:

$20,158,492

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$51,695,362
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Sound Mix:

Datasat (uncredited)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Winona Ryder said she accepted the part as it allowed her to explore something new: "What's creepy is that she's sober and she's running this drug operation with James Franco's character, and to me it's the epitome of evil, in a weird way. If it's possible to be a victim and be diabolical at the same time, I had never explored that. There was also a slightly campy, arm-candy element to her that appealed to me. She's such a complete chick. She's what you think of when you hear the words 'biker chick'". See more »

Goofs

The shotgun Broker grabs appears to be a Benelli M4 12 gauge, a semi-auto shotgun (you can tell this by the way Broker loads it by pulling the charging handle on the side of the receiver). Yet every time Broker fires the shotgun you can hear the sound of someone racking the slide of a pump action shotgun. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
'Danny T' Turrie: This will make me happy.
Jojo Turrie: How much should we cook?
'Danny T' Turrie: This batch will yield 30 pounds.
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I Got Mine
Written by Dan Auerbach and Patrick J. Carney (as Patrick Carney)
Performed by The Black Keys
Published by McMoore McLesst Publishing (BMI)
Courtesy of Nonesuch Records
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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The term 'pleasant surprise' was made for this good ol' fashioned crime thriller
18 April 2015 | by ArchonCinemaReviewsSee all my reviews

Sylvester Stallone writes the screenplay for the Jason Statham and James Franco led Homefront, and we love it! Yes, you read the right.

For all intents and purposes, Homefront should be a train wreck of an abomination in film-making. But if you squash your preconceived biases that will doom Homefront to failure, you open yourself to watch a supremely entertaining, funny and highly thrilling film.

Phil Broker recently widowed and struggling to raise his 9-year old daughter Maddy the only way a father knows. Broker also happens to be a well trained DEA agent who chooses to leave the dangerous action and retire to a small town in Louisiana to care for his daughter. With small town life comes small town trouble, and Broker is quickly thrust into the drama despite his fervent effort to remain impartial and uninvolved. Unfortunately, his past history and the criminal occurrences of his new residence makes matters more complicated and he must soon use his skills to protect his daughter the only way he knows how.

Homefront has an energy and vibrancy about it, a spark, that revitalizes the potentially stagnant action film type. It does not deviate from the formula too much to make it feel forced and contrived, but it has a well formed and original enough plot thanks to the source material from Chuck Logan's original and synonymously titled novel. Sylvester Stallone, the film's screenwriter and executive producer, who never makes a token egotistical cameo, translates Logan's narrative into an un-caricaturized action-crime-drama, a pride worthy feat. The difference between Homefront and its inferior counterparts is Homefront focuses on the story and the characters and the creative direction of Gary Fleder never veers into nonsensical excess.

Jason Statham is quintessential Statham as Phil Broker, bringing his stoic charisma and martial arts ability to be used perfectly in this film as the steadfast protagonist. No protagonist is complete without an equally matched antagonist, of which Homefront has several players, all of which fully formed and complete characters. Kate Bosworth, James Franco and Winona Ryder are all notable in their acting and contributing to the film's overall success.

At first glance, Homefront should be an uninspired derivative action flick solely for box office numbers. But, it is not. It is a surprise of a film and a shame that some potential viewers may choose to overlook this film due to their misinformed prejudices for the actors, crew and subject matter. Anyone willing to take my word for it and give this film a chance will not be disappointed.

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