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When his peaceful life is threatened by a high-tech assassin, former black-ops agent Frank Moses reassembles his old team in a last ditch effort to survive and uncover his assailants.

Release Year: 2010

Rating: 7.0/10 (86,902 voted)

Critic's Score: 61/100

Director: Robert Schwentke

Stars: Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman

Frank (Bruce Willis) is retired, bored and lonely living off his government pension in a nondescript suburb in an equally nondescript house. The only joy in Frank's life are his calls to the government pension processing center when he gets to talk to his case worker Sarah (Mary-Louis Parker). Sarah is as bored and lonely as Frank and marks her conversations with the unknown Frank and her spy novels as the only things fun in her life. When something in Frank's past forces Frank back into his old line of work and puts an unwitting Sarah in the middle of the intrigue, Frank and Sarah begin a journey into Franks past and the people he used to work with. Like Frank they are all RED ... Retired Extremely Dangerous.

Writers: Jon Hoeber, Erich Hoeber

Bruce Willis - Frank Moses
Mary-Louise Parker - Sarah Ross
Karl Urban - William Cooper
Rebecca Pidgeon - Cynthia Wilkes
Morgan Freeman - Joe Matheson
Chris Owens - Hanged Man
Jaqueline Fleming - Marna
Randy Wade Kelley - Paramedic
Jason Giuliano - Endercott
Alec Rayme - Cop at Intersection
Lawrence Turner - Retirement Home Assassin
Emily Kuroda - Mrs. Chan
Joe Chrest - Retirement Home Detective
Justine Wachsberger - Nurse Mary
Tara Yelland - Wilkes' Secretary

Taglines: Looking For A Little Action.


Official Website: Official site | Official site [France] |

Release Date: 15 October 2010

Filming Locations: 1507 Magazine Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $58,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $21,761,408 (USA) (17 October 2010) (3255 Screens)

Gross: $186,100,000 (Worldwide)

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Did You Know?

Brian Cox and Helen Mirren play a Russian and British spy, respectively. In real life, their ancestry is reversed: Brian Cox is British and Mirren, though born in England, has Russian ancestry.

Revealing mistakes: (At 15:52) In the limousine when William Cooper opens the file on Frank Moses, the picture is reversed, with flag, ribbons etc. on the left side of the photo.

[first lines]
Frank Moses: [on the phone] 943-66-2291. Pension Services, please.
Woman: Thank you, Mr. Moses, please hold for your representative.

User Review

Ridiculous...Entertaining...Delightful...RED is all this.!

Rating: 7/10

When Bruce Willis plays his indestructible yet on the surface everyday guy he is right where the audience loves him. In RED, "Retired Extremely Dangerous", he has a close to perfect vehicle. And, so RED delivers in spite of a fairly ridiculous scenario of a group of ex-CIA operatives,or which Willis is one, being singled out for execution on the eve of the vice-president announcing his candidacy for president.

We get the message from the first that Willis is somewhat lonely and bored with retirement and is searching for a companion to make his new life matter. He isn't aching to get back to fast track, but is venerable and is fixated on a kind and cheery voice on the other end of the phone line when he complains about not getting his pension checks (he tears them up just to talk to his "handler"). He arranges a meeting with the sweet sounding gal just prior to everything falling apart because the CIA sends in a "wet" team to erase him. As suspected the CIA, as well as most all the resources of the government, are not up to the task.

Willis reassembles his old team, all in his age bracket or older, in order to survive. That team, if not on the surface a formidable threat, is pure cinematic gold as it consists of excellent performances by Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, and Helen Mirren. It is almost impossible not to like this film because of the wonderfully entertaining supporting cast. In fact Malkovich steals the show providing the correct dosage of crazed comic relief. This leads to impossible feats making for deliciously served up entertainment; all with a "nod-and-a-wink" that cuts through the unbelievable. Great action with comedy! Richard Dreyfus turns in a solid performance as a spoiled smart-ass (uber-wealthy and powerful) arms dealer who pulls strings behind the scenes. And, Ernest Borgnine has a cameo role which is memorable.

It's a character driven action comedy that truly is RED (ridiculous, entertaining, delightful). This movie gets a 7.5 and, as such, is hard to fault in spite of being pure light-weight fluff. See it and smile.

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