Law Abiding Citizen

October 16th, 2009

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Law Abiding Citizen

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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.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 7.2/10 (87,779 voted)

Critic's Score: 34/100

Director: F. Gary Gray

Stars: Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx, Leslie Bibb

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.

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 - 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)

Taglines: They killed his family. Now justice is his vengeance. (UK Quad)


Official Website: Constantin Film [Germany] | Official Facebook |

Release Date: 16 October 2009

Filming Locations: 500 Cheyney Rd, Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $21,039,502 (USA) (18 October 2009) (2890 Screens)

Gross: $73,343,413 (USA) (31 January 2010)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | (director's cut)

Did You Know?

Director F. Gary Gray decided to use Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse as the restaurant that caters Clyde's lunch after dining there several times during filming. The restaurant was also the location of the film's after-party following its screening at the Philadelphia Film Festival.

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Clyde ordered french fries (pommes frites) to go with this steak as part of his deal, however, came lunch time, no fries were served.

[repeated line]
Clarence Darby: Can't fight fate.

User Review

Great Idea, Poor Ending

Rating: 7/10

This is a great idea. A technical genius who is somehow able to commit revenge murders from his jail cell. He doesn't hide the fact he's a killer; in fact he announces each murder just before it happens.

Technically everything was possible and the method very cleverly hidden so I was kept in suspense until the last 20 minutes when the cat was let out of the bag too early. The ending is a let down. It's true Hollywood: Technically improbable, illogical, and in my opinion it spoils all the character development made until that point and wastes the opportunity for a much darker ending with a more satisfying outcome.

All that said I really enjoyed it. I would recommend it to anyone not disturbed by moderate violence. Go see it!

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