September 23rd, 2011

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A David and Goliath law drama about a drug-addicted lawyer who takes on a health supply corporation while battling his own personal demons.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 6.8/10 (6,160 voted)

Critic's Score: 54/100

Director: Adam Kassen

Stars: Chris Evans, Mark Kassen, Vinessa Shaw

Idealistic lawyers Mike Weiss and Paul Danziger are partners. Mike is a drug-addict and and Paul is a family man with a pregnant wife. When nurse Vicky Rogers seeks them out, they learn that she has contracted AIDS a couple of years ago when she was accidentally pinpricked with a contaminated needle by a violent patient. Vicky shows a retractable safety needle invented by engineer Jeffrey Matthew Dancort, who owns the Safety Point Company, but is unable to sell his product to any hospital from the United Medical group, apart from San Antonio Memorial. Danziger and Weiss accept the case and go to court against United Medical, defended by powerful lawyer Nathaniel Price. Soon, they see all the doors closed in their fight against the powerful mafia of the medical supply system.

Writers: Chris Lopata, Ela Thier

Chris Evans - Mike Weiss
Mark Kassen - Paul Danziger
Marshall Bell - Jeffrey Dancort
Brett Cullen - Nathaniel Price
Jesse L. Martin - Daryl King
Vinessa Shaw - Vicky Rogers
Roxanna Hope - Sylvia
Michael Biehn - Red
Kate Burton - Senator O'Reilly
Erinn Allison - Kim Danziger
Tess Parker - Jamie Weiss
Justin Anderson - Skateboard Kid
Jack Lee - Mr. Clean
Brittney Karbowski - Susie / Blonde Student
Mark Lanier - Himself

Taglines: Madman. Genius. Playboy. Friend. Fool. Lawyer.


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 23 September 2011

Filming Locations: Houston, Texas, USA

Opening Weekend: $29,175 (USA) (25 September 2011) (4 Screens)

Gross: $67,071 (USA) (23 October 2011)

Did You Know?

This movie is based on a true story and had the blessing of real-life Weiss and Danziger. Weiss and Danzinger had been approached by an inventor having trouble selling a safety syringe developed to protect health care workers from accidentally being infected by dirty needles due to a major industry needle maker and hospital group purchasing organizations pushing back against the introduction of the new, safer syringes.

Nathaniel Price: I bet you spent your whole life believing that you, you were born to do something great, make a difference, do something special. Important. But Michael, it's the most ordinary thought anybody ever had.

User Review

This is why I love going to the theater!

Rating: 10/10

I didn't know what to expect going into "Puncture," but what I found, surpassed even my most hopeful wishes for an evening at the movies. "Puncture" is a perfectly acted true-life story that still has me thinking about its message 3 days later. It was gripping from the opening credits and I was emotionally pulled in a number of directions. Chris Evans proved he can really act, not just dress up as a superhero and run around a big budgeted set. Mark Kassen was marvelous alongside him as his legal partner and the Houston backdrop made for an unlikely protagonist in and of itself. A story that needed to be shared and with tremendous talent. I only wish there were more films like "Puncture." I encourage people to go see the film.

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