Law Abiding Citizen

Movie information

Justice at any cost. Rated R: Restricted (Under 17 Requires Accompanying Parent or Adult Guardian) -- Rated R for strong bloody brutal violence and torture, a scene of rape, and pervasive language.
Released on:
October 16, 2009  

Previously Announced Release Dates:
March 26, 2010

Production Companies:
The Film Department, Warp Films, Evil Twins
Distributors:
Overture Films

Status: Released

Cast:
Jamie Foxx, Gerard Butler, Bruce McGill, Colm Meaney, Leslie Bibb, Michael Irby, Regina Hall, Viola Davis, Michael Gambon

Director: F. Gary Gray

Screenwriter: Kurt Wimmer

Genre: Thriller, Drama
About the film:
Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) is an upstanding family man whose wife and daughter are brutally murdered during a home invasion. When the killers are caught, Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx), a hotshot young Philadelphia prosecutor, is assigned to the case. Over his objections, Nick is forced by his boss to offer one of the suspects a light sentence in exchange for testifying against his accomplice.

Fast forward ten years. The man who got away with murder is found dead and Clyde Shelton coolly admits his guilt. Then he issues a warning to Nick: Either fix the flawed justice system that failed his family, or key players in the trial will die.

Soon Shelton follows through on his threats, orchestrating from his jail cell a string of spectacularly diabolical assassinations that can be neither predicted nor prevented. Philadelphia is gripped with fear as Shelton's high-profile targets are slain one after another and the authorities are powerless to halt his reign of terror. Only Nick can stop the killing, and to do so he must outwit this brilliant sociopath in a harrowing contest of wills in which even the smallest misstep means death. With his own family now in Shelton's crosshairs, Nick finds himself in a desperate race against time facing a deadly adversary who seems always to be one step ahead.
Rated R for strong bloody brutal violence and torture, a scene of rape, and pervasive language.

Project Timeline:
Oct. 9, 2008: Cast: Jamie Foxx
Oct. 12, 2008: Director: Frank Darabont drops out
Oct. 16, 2008: Director: F. Gary Gray (replacing Frank Darabont)
Jan. 6, 2009: Cast: Michael Gambon, Leslie Bibb, Colm Meaney, Theresa Randle
Jan. 29, 2009: Cast: Viola Davis, Bruce McGill, Leslie Bibb, Colm Meaney, Regina Hall
Feb. 24, 2009: Release Date: March 26, 2010
Jul. 28, 2009: Release Date: October 16, 2009
Box Office: Opening weekend: $21.04 mil. (2890 theaters) | Domestic Total: $73.36 mil.
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