The Book of Eli
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The Book of Eli

118 min
Action | Adventure | Drama | Thriller
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Albert Hughes
3 wins & 16 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 2010-01-15
Filming Locations: Albuquerque Studios - 5650 University Boulevard SE, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
Budget: $80,000,000
Opening Weekend: $38,437,553 (USA) (17 January 2010)
Gross: $94,822,707 (USA) (9 May 2010)
Mila Kunis
Mila Kunis
The Book of Eli
Ray Stevenson
Ray Stevenson
The Book of Eli
Denzel Washington
Gary Oldman
Jennifer Beals
Evan Jones
Joe Pingue
Frances de la Tour
Michael Gambon
Tom Waits
Chris Browning
Hijack Leader
Richard Cetrone
Lateef Crowder
Hijacker / Construction Thug
Keith Davis
Don Thai Theerathada
Hijacker (as Don Theerathada)
Thom Williams
Lora Martinez-Cunningham
Young Woman Hijacker
Scott Wilder
Middle-Aged Man
Heidi Pascoe
Middle-Aged Woman
Jennifer Caputo
Spencer Sano
Biker /
Karin Silvestri
Mike Gunther
John Koyama
Mike McCarty
Scott Michael Morgan
Construction Thug Leader
Sala Baker
Construction Thug
Arron Shiver
Justin Tade
Town Doctor
Mike Seal
Door Guard
Richard A. Smith
Orpheum Patron (as Richard Smith)
Paul Crawford
Town Thug
Edward A. Duran
Town Thug
David Wald
Town Thug
Jermaine Washington
Town Thug
Kofi Elam
Convoy Thug
Clay Donahue Fontenot
Convoy Thug (as Clay Fontenot)
Al Goto
Convoy Thug
Brad Martin
Convoy Thug
Tim Rigby
Convoy Thug
Luis Bordonada
Carnegie Gunman #1
Robert Powell
Carnegie Gunman #2
Angelique Midthunder
Gatling Gun Gunner
Todd Schneider
Caddy Driver
Darrin Prescott
Suburban Driver
Laurence Chavez
Ice Cream Truck Driver
Brian Neal Lucero
Alcatraz Guard (as Brian Lucero)
David Midthunder
Alcatraz Soldier
Steven Blacksmith
Dead Body (uncredited)
Vivi Devereaux
Town Extra (uncredited)
Christopher Fodge
Alcatraz Soldier (uncredited)
Josiah D. Lee
Thug (uncredited)
Gregory Leiker
Alcatraz Guard (uncredited)
Malcolm McDowell
Levi Nolasco
Extra - Townsfolk C (uncredited)
Frank Powers
Alcatraz Guard (uncredited)
David T. Quan
Alcatraz Clerk (uncredited)
Jason Rice
Alcatraz Guard (uncredited)
Daniel Teller
Extra (uncredited)
Did you know?
For the movie Denzel Washington studied martial arts under Bruce Lee's protégé Dan Inosanto.
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The sunglasses and backpack Eli used throughout the movie were from Oakley.
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Keeping with the film's ideas on religious faith and belief, there is symbolism in the scene Redridge executes the guard who didn't stop Eli's escape; the guard is shot in the head right next to the corner of two walls, and when the blood spray goes across the walls and down the border of them, it forms the shape of a cross.
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After locking Solara into the spring cave and securing the door behind him, Eli talks to her through the door. The sunlight on that door changes between shots.
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When the convoy goes after Eli and Solara, they are going west. From behind, the shadows are to the left which would mean the sun is on the north side of them when it actually shines from the south.
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In the ending shot, Solara uses Eli's iPod, by pushing different points on the track wheel. However, as we saw before, it's a 3rd generation type - the so called "clickwheel" was only introduced in the 4th generation.
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Eli: [whispering to Solara, after seeing the graves George and Martha made] We gotta go now.
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Solara: What was it like before?
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Eli: They say the war tore a hole in the sky,you've probably heard the stories.
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How is it that Redridge didn't hit Eli when shooting at him in the town shoot out?
Redridge fired one shot at Eli with his pistol and by the sounds of it, completely missed. The second shot, he took his time, gripped his pistol properly, aimed, fired and if you notice he hit Eli in his backpack. At this point Eli turned around and a shoot-out with Carnegie's men ensued. If we are going with realism here, it could be said that improper maintenance caused the pistol to be significantly less accurate, so even if Redridge was aiming directly at Eli, if there was a significant amount of dirt or build-up in the barrel, it could cause the bullet to stray far off course. This would explain why Redridge looked at the gun after he fired his first shot. As for the shot hitting Eli's backpack, it's possible it hit something inside his pack which stopped the bullet. Possibly one of his machetes, the bible, or something else. If you want to go with certain mystical qualities the film presents, it could be said that divine intervention stopped the bullets. Alternatively, several scenes hint that Redridge may be a reluctant killer in a brutal world, hiding a good heart beneath a normally uncompromising exterior and that he found himself unable to kill Eli without flinching at the last second and missing.
Why did Eli have to show everyone the back of his hands? What was the significance of that?
The reason he had to show his hands was to prove that he was not a cannibal. If someone consumes human brain and nervous system tissue, such as the spinal cord, they risk developing "Kuru", a disease related to Creutzfeldt-Jakob (aka Mad Cow disease). It is caused by warped proteins called prions, and causes small holes to form in the brain of infected individuals. The disease causes trembling and shaking all over the body, which worsens over time.
How did Eli die?
It isn't stated but it's implied he died from his gunshot wound. He was shot in the gut and if he didn't receive proper medical care, he would have died slowly, but definitely would have died eventually.
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Photos from cast
Mila Kunis Eddie Perez Ray Stevenson