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The Chronicles of Riddick

119 min | USA:134 min (director's cut)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi | Thriller
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David Twohy
3 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 2004-06-11
Filming Locations: Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
Budget: $105,000,000
Opening Weekend: $24,289,165 (USA) (13 June 2004)
Gross: $57,761,012 (USA) (5 July 2012)
Vin Diesel
Colm Feore
Lord Marshal
Thandie Newton
Dame Vaako
Judi Dench
Karl Urban
Alexa Davalos
Linus Roache
Yorick van Wageningen
The Guv
Nick Chinlund
Keith David
Mark Gibbon
Roger R. Cross
Terry Chen
Merc Pilot
Christina Cox
Eve Logan
Nigel Vonas
Shawn Reis
Fabian Gujral
Ty Olsson
Peter Williams
Darcy Laurie
John Mann
Adrien Dorval
Convict (as P. Adrien Dorval)
Alexander Kalugin
Slam Boss
Douglas Arthurs
Slam Guard
Vitaly Kravchenko
Slam Guard
Ron Selmour
Slam Guard
Raoul Ganeev
Slam Guard
Mark Acheson
Slam Guard
Shohan Felber
Slam Guard
Ben Cotton
Slam Guard
Kim Hawthorne
Alexis Llewellyn
Charles Zuckermann
Andy Thompson
Scalp Taker
Cedric De Souza
Black Robed / Meccan Cleric
Ahmad Sharmrou
Black Robed Cleric
Stefano DiMatteo
Black Robed Cleric (as Stefano Colacitti)
Mina E. Mina
Coptic Cleric (as Mina Erian Mina)
John Prowse
Bump Pilot
Lorena Gale
Defense Minister
Christopher Heyerdahl
Helion Politico
Rob Daly
Helion Politico
Michasha Armstrong
Lead Meccan Officer (as Micasha Armstrong)
Aaron Douglas
Young Meccan Soldier
Colin Corrigan
Vault Officer
Kristin Lehman
Shirah (director's cut)
Did you know?
Linus Roache originally auditioned for the part of Vaako, but David Twohy immediately saw him instead as the Purifier.
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David Twohydecided not to set "The Chronicles of Riddick" again on the desert planet which Riddick, Imam and Jack had escaped from at the end of "Pitch Black" and again make a deadly encounter with that planet's flesh eating alien creatures. David Twohy wanted to create for the character of Riddick a mythology and decided to have Riddick go up against The Necromongers.
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It was shipped to theatres under the name "D Shoes".
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When Riddick climes the rope on Crematoria, Toombs is hanging on the same rope, but when Riddick reaches the top, it's obvious that there's no weight on the rope below Riddick.
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When Imam is checking if the way is clear for his wife and daughter, directly after the initial Necromonger landing, the debris on the ground around him moves from one shot to the next.
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when Riddick lays Kyra down on the ground, her head turns to the right as she dies. In the next shot, Kyra's head is facing upwards.
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Slam Guard: You'll kill us... with a soup cup?
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Dame Vaako: I've always wondered, can an air Elemental fly? Now do me a favor. Calculate the odds of you getting off this planet alive... and now cut them in half.
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Purifier: We all began as something else.
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How does the movie end?
Disguised as a Necro warrior, Riddick returns to Helion Prime on the Necro ship to rescue Kyra (Alexa Davalos) and kill the Lord Marshal. Meanwhile, Lord Vaako (Karl Urban) is named first among Commanders making him heir apparent to Lord Marshal. Vaako and his wife (Thandie Newton) scheme to kill Lord Marshal until Dame Vaako realizes that Riddick is still alive. She suggests that Vaako let Riddick attack Lord Marshal first in order to weaken him so that Vaako can strike the killing blow while he is down. As the Necro warriors assemble in the Necropolis for the 'day of days' celebration, Riddick makes a leap for Lord Marshal, who easily evades him. Instead of having Riddick instantly killed, Lord Marshall invites Riddick to join with the Necromongers and shows him that Kyra has already converted. As Kyra walks past him, Riddick asks her if she's 'with him', but Kyra does not reply. Riddick reacts by throwing a Furyan blade at Lord Marshall, which nicks him slightly, and they turn on each other. Using his Half Dead powers, Lord Marshal gains the upper hand. When he tries to take Riddick's soul, however, Riddick gets a rush of strength, and they go at it again. Just as Lord Marshal starts to gloat about his powers, Kyra spears him in the back. Lord Marshal retaliates by batting her across the room, impaling her on a spike. Realizing this is the best time to strike, Vaako grabs a Necro axe and makes his move but misses. Riddick picks up his Furyan knife and stabs Lord Marshal in the head, killing him. Tending to the mortally wounded Kyra, Riddick asks her once again if she is with him. 'I was always with you,' she says with her dying breath. In the final scene, Riddick collapses on the Necro throne, and the Necromongeers kneel before him. 'You keep what you kill,' Riddick reminds himself.
How many versions of "The Chronicles of Riddick" are there?
To gross more at the box office, the film was heavily cut in order to obtain the financially lucrative PG-13 rating. This version was released in theatres and later on DVD. Some time later, an Unrated Director's Cut found its way on the home entertainment market. It includes all the scenes that had to be cut out and adds more story to the film. It runs more than 14 minutes longer. A detailed comparison between both versions can be found here.
What is 'The Chronicles of Riddick' about?
Escaped convict Richard Riddick (Vin Diesel) is lured to the planet Helion Prime by Imam Abu al-Walid (Keith David) with whom he was marooned five years ago on a desert planet where they were hunted by vampiric raptors. Imam and air elemental Aereon (Judi Dench) believe that Riddick was born a Furyan and may be the only one able to stop evil Half Dead Lord Marshal (Colm Feore), the leader of a crusading warrior sect known as Necromongers who are planning to convert or kill all humans in the universe. Helion Prime is subsequently invaded by Lord Marshal, and Riddick is captured by bounty hunter Toombs (Nick Chinlund) and transported to Crematoria, a prison planet where daylight temperatures climb to over 700 degrees and nighttime temperatures plunge to -300 degrees. But it's not all that bad, because Riddick learns that the only other person to have survived the raptors with him and Imam, a young girl named Jack, is also imprisoned on Crematoria. However, the Necromongers are also on their way.
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