August 6th, 2004

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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 LA. He must find a way to save both himself and one last victim.

Release Year: 2004

Rating: 7.7/10 (149,023 voted)

Critic's Score: 71/100

Director: Michael Mann

Stars: Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith

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...

Tom Cruise - Vincent
Jamie Foxx - Max
Jada Pinkett Smith - Annie
Mark Ruffalo - Fanning
Peter Berg - Richard Weidner
Bruce McGill - Pedrosa
Irma P. Hall - Ida
Barry Shabaka Henley - Daniel
Richard T. Jones - Traffic Cop #1
Klea Scott - Fed #1
Bodhi Elfman - Young Professional Man
Debi Mazar - Young Professional Woman
Javier Bardem - Felix
Emilio Rivera - Paco
Jamie McBride - Traffic Cop #2

Taglines: It started like any other night

Release Date: 6 August 2004

Filming Locations: 777 S. Figueroa Street, Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $24,701,458 (USA) (8 August 2004) (3188 Screens)

Gross: $100,003,492 (USA) (10 October 2004)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Hans Zimmer was attached to the film, in an early stage. He was replaced by James Newton Howard, probably by scheduling conflicts.

Continuity: When Annie gets into the cab at the start, she gets in and sits on the left hand side, yet throughout the rest of the cab ride, she is on the right hand side (directions as per facing destination).

[first lines]
Vincent: You OK?
Airport Man: Yeah, I'm fine mate, don't worry about it.

User Review

Thank you God, for Noir has Returned!

Rating: 10/10

One of the most beautifully crafted movies of the past 10 years. Why this movie is going by with very little publicity is beyond me. It has incredible screenplay, incredible directing (Michael Mann puts his trademark two cents in with the camera work and gritty feeling left from the lighting) and above all, great acting. Foxx and Cruise work together in a way unrivaled since..... Excellent story with little or no plot holes I could find. No cheesy lines, although the ending was quite rehashed from other suspense thrillers. All in all, this movie exceeded my expectations for a summer movie.

Pros:Excellent Acting, Screenplay, Plot, Script, and Directing Cons: Unoriginal Ending, seems a bit overly dramatic.


This was quite a beautiful movie.

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