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Year:
Duration:
91 min
Genres:
Action | Crime | Thriller
IMDB rate:
6.5
Director:
David Koepp
Awards:
1 win & 5 nominations
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 2012-08-24
Filming Locations: Upper West Side, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
Earnings
Budget: $35,000,000
Opening Weekend: $6,300,000 (USA) (26 August 2012)
Gross: $20,275,446 (USA) (21 October 2012)
Cast
Actor
Character
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Premium Rush
Dania Ramirez
Vanessa
Sean Kennedy
Marco
Kym Perfetto
Polo
Anthony Chisholm
Tito
Ashley Austin Morris
Receptionist
Wolé Parks
Manny
Kevin Bolger
Squid
Aasif Mandvi
Raj
Lauren Ashley Carter
Phoebe
Charles Borland
Campus Guard
Michael Shannon
Bobby Monday
Aaron Tveit
Kyle
Jamie Chung
Nima
Christopher Place
Bike Cop
Amy Hohn
Upper West Side Lady
Douglas C. Williams
Desk Officer
Sebastian La Cause
Detective
Nick Damici
Detective
Kelvin Whui
Dealer
Henry Kwan
Lin's Pai Gow Player
Keenan Leung
Lin's Pai Gow Player
Wally Ng
Lin's Pai Gow Player
Nancy Eng
Lin's Pai Gow Player
Zhao Mao Chen
Lin's Pai Gow Player
Brian Koppelman
Loan Shark
Hoon Lee
Floor Manager
Boyce Wong
Mr. Lin
Jimmy P. Wong
Enormous Asian Man
Kenny Wong
Second Asian Man
Jade Wu
Bingo Caller
Lyman Chen
2nd Floor Manager
Huang Gian Jin
Basement Pai Gow Player
Tony Cheng
Basement Pai Gow Player
Li Jing Xian
Basement Pai Gow Player
Lam Yung
Basement Pai Gow Player
Hui Yuk Lung
Basement Pai Gow Player
Darlene Violette
Debra
Henry O
Mr. Leung
Kin Shing Wong
Sudoku Man
Jason Iannacone
21st Precinct Cop
Ted Sod
Worker
Alexis Krauss
Sleigh Bells
Derek Miller
Sleigh Bells
Carsey Walker Jr.
Dread
Matthew Rauch
Paramedic
Michael-Leon Wooley
NYPD Tow Truck Driver
Victor Chan
Squad Cop
P.J. Sosko
Uniform Cop - Impound Lot
Jerry Walsh
Uniform Cop - Impound Lot #2
Ruth Zhang
Nima's Mom
Bojun Wang
Nima's Son
Richard Hsu
Clipboard Guy (China)
Mario D'Leon
Moosey
Kate Manning
Bike Chick
Fernando Rivera
Cyclehawk Guy
Djani Johnson
Johnny
Wai Ching Ho
Sister Chen
Marc Bicking
Professor
David Bowen
Central Park Bicycle Racer
Jennifer Butler
Pedestrian
Scott Chan
Casino Dealer #2
Peter Conboy
New York City Police Officer
Gustavo Cunha
Skateboarder
Shirley Dluginski
Extra (uncredited)
Sean Grady
Columbia Student #2
Rosemary Howard
Flower Shop Owner
Jian
New Enforcer
Shing Ka
Pai Gow Gambler
Steven J. Klaszky
Pedestrian
Anna Kuchma
Background
Paul Jude Letersky
New York Businessman
Sabrina Lott
Passerby
Ronald Scott Maestri
Pedestrian on Cell Phone
John Mancini
Cyclist
Jeffrey M. Marchetti
Cab Driver
Danielle McKee
Pedestrian on Cell Phone 2
Jeremy McLain
Pedestrian
Michael Morana
Precision Driver
Mark J. Parker
College Student
Grim Reaper Q.
Alonzo
Jonathan Root
Younger Cop
Terry Serpico
Policeman in Park (uncredited)
Brian Smyj
Cab Driver
Wayne Stephens
Marco
Aija Terauda
Columbia Student
Paul Thornton
Central Park Pedestrian
Uzimann
Pedestrian
Tet Wada
Office Worker
Steven Weisz
Taxi Driver #2
Rick Zahn
Older Cop
Did you know?
Trivia
Bobby Monday's alias Forrest J Ackerman is a tribute to Forey Ackerman, noted science fiction and horror movie fan and memorabilia collector (he coined the term "sci fi" in 1959). He's had cameos in 48 movies and represented Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, and Hugo Gernsback (after whom the "Hugo" award is named) as their literary agent.
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The character of Sister Chen is very likely loosely based on Cheng Chui Ping, aka Sister Ping, who was a notorious smuggling gang leader from 1984 to 2000.
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Bad cop Bobby Monday several times uses an alias of Forrest J. Ackerman, an American collector of science fiction books and movie memorabilia and principle writer and editor of the fan magazine Famous Monsters of Filmland and father of science fiction fandom. Ackerman died in 2008.
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Goofs
Shortly after the first chase begins, Wilee is shown riding past the same Mobil gas station twice without doubling back.
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Outside the flower shop right after bike-riding cop tackles Manny, the practice skid marks from the stunt cyclist can be seen on the ground before Wilee skids to a halt.
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When the bicycle cop gets doored by the taxi, the door has been visibly modified for the stunt. The window frame has been removed to allow the stuntman to pass over it. In a later shot, the door is back to normal, with the bicycle stuck through the window frame.
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Quotes
Bobby: [to Wilee] This whole city hates you.
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Wilee: Suck it, douchebag!
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Vanessa: [yelling at a cab driver] Hey Jersey, you wanna move your fat ass?
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Faq
Q
What's the significance of the ticket?
A
It's merely a token (in the movie's case, a movie ticket stub with a smiley face drawn on it) that signifies the money being held in custody of the hawaladar (Mr. Leung). When the token is brought to the recipient, it authorizes the recipient to collect the money through their own agent.
Q
What are some of the terms used in the movie?
A
Hawaladar: a broker in the Hawala system of money transfer. Relying on an honor system, it uses a series of go-betweens to transfer money from one person or organization, to another. Hawala is illegal in a number of states in America because it can be used to avoid taxes and move wealth anonymously for criminal purposes.Pai Gow: A Chinese gambling game played with a set of 32 dominoes. The name loosely translates as 'make nine' or 'card nine.' Seven players all play, but each player only plays against the house, not each other.Snakehead (She-Tou): A criminal organization that smuggles people from China into Europe or The United States.Premium Rush: Bicycle Messengers are paid on commission. The more packages they deliver, the more money they make. All deliveries are considered rushes. A premium rush is special high priority, usually with an agreement that if the delivery is untimely, the commission is forfeited.
Q
Why does Nima employ a Hawaladar to pay for her family's entry into the U.S.?
A
While Nima was raising the money to bring her family into America, a paper she wrote in school was found and published on the internet. Displeased with the contents of the paper, the Chinese government put a mark on Nima's name and family, thus blocking Nima's mother and young son from escaping China. Sister Chen, the smuggler, refused to take direct cash payment and referred Nima to Mr. Leung, the Hawala broker. This allowed the money to be transferred without any paper trail or bank records. This is exactly why the hawala system is illegal in much of the United States.
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt