Collateral


2h 2004

Brief Synopsis

Max has lived a mundane life as a cab driver for twelve years. The faces have come and gone from his rear-view mirror: people and places he's long since forgotten--until tonight. Vincent is a contract killer. When an off-shore narco-trafficking cartel learns that they're about to be indicted by a federal grand jury, they mount an operation to identify and kill the key witnesses, and the last stage is tonight. It is on this very night that Vincent has arrived--and five bodies are supposed to fall. Circumstances cause Vincent to hijack Max' taxicab, and Max becomes collateral--an expendable person who's in the wrong place at the wrong time. Through the night, Vincent forces Max to drive him to each assigned destination. And as the L.A.P.D. and F.B.I. race to intercept them, Max and Vincent's survival become dependent on each other, in ways neither would have imagined.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Action
Crime
Thriller
Release Date
Aug 6, 2004
Premiere Information
Los Angeles Film Festival premiere: 17-26 Jun 2004
Production Company
DreamWorks SKG; Edge City Films
Distribution Company
DreamWorks SKG
Country
United States
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles, California, United States; Los Angeles, California, United States

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

Synopsis

Professional assassin Vincent arrives at Los Angeles International Airport, where an anonymous contact passes him a laptop computer with detailed information on the individual locations of five victims to be murdered that night. Simultaneously, cab driver Max Durocher meticulously tidies his taxi before beginning his daily shift. At dusk, Max picks up Annie Farrell, a prosecuting attorney returning to her office in preparation for an important upcoming trial. During the ride, Annie is impressed by Max's sharp observations and shrewd assessment of her and confides a little about the tensions of her work. Max reveals his plans to start his own private limousine company to be called Island Limos. Upon arriving downtown, Annie offers Max her business card and as she enters the court building, Vincent exits it and hails Max's cab. After settling into the car, the impeccably dressed Vincent gives Max his destination address, notes the car's cleanliness and mentions his distaste for the cold anonymity of Los Angeles, where a man can die on the subway and no one notices. Arriving at the address, Vincent reveals that he is closing a critical real estate deal and needs several signatures all over town before catching an early morning flight, then offers to hire Max all night for six hundred dollars. Although it is against his company's policy, Max reluctantly agrees. Unable to double-park on the main street, Max drives to a back alley to wait for Vincent and moments later is stunned when a body crashes onto the cab's roof from a floor above. Bolting from the car, Max surveys the body in horror, and when Vincent returns, realizes by his detached demeanor that he is the killer. When Max demands to know why Vincent killed the man, Vincent coolly points out that he only shot him, the bullets and the fall killed him, then orders the shocked Max to help him place the body in the trunk. Astonished, Max refuses until Vincent pulls a gun on him. After Max and Vincent place the dead man in the trunk and return to the cab, Vincent asks Max why he should care about the death of a stranger and assures him the victim was a criminal. As they proceed to the next address that is listed in Vincent's laptop, the cab is stopped by the police, who inquire about the cracked windshield and dented roof. Terrified that Vincent will kill the officers, Max claims to have hit a deer, but as the police order the men from the car, their dispatcher issues an immediate summons to a crime in progress. At the next location, Vincent apologetically ties Max's hands to the steering wheel, and as Vincent is about to leave, Max's dispatcher radios to ask about the police report on the damaged cab. When Max fumbles for an explanation, Vincent abruptly grabs the radio and tells the dispatcher he is a lawyer, bullying him into silence. After Vincent enters the building in search of his next victim, Max struggles to untie his hands and in frustration honks the horn and flashes the car lights, which draws a passing gang. Several men approach the car and a grateful Max pleads for them to untie him, only to have one man pull a gun and demand his wallet. Spotting Vincent's briefcase, which contains the laptop, in the back seat, the man takes it and he and his partner walk away only to be confronted by Vincent. The men scoff at Vincent's demand to return his briefcase and, as Max watches in dismay, Vincent shoots both men and retrieves his bag. Returning to untie Max, Vincent reproaches him for causing unnecessary deaths by drawing attention to himself. To Max's bewilderment, Vincent declares that as they are ahead of schedule they should visit a jazz club. Meanwhile, undercover narcotics detective Ray Fanning discovers that informant Ramon Aiella, Vincent's first victim, has disappeared and summons his chief, Richard Weidner, to Aiella's apartment. Dismissing Fanning's suggestion that Aiella has been murdered, Weidner reconsiders when a bullet casing is found in the apartment. Across town at a jazz club, Vincent listens with appreciation to a jam session, then invites the horn soloist and club owner, Daniel Baker, to join him and Max for a drink. Vincent listens enthusiastically as Baker rhapsodizes about jazz, but when Vincent makes a reference to drugs, Baker falls silent. Realizing Vincent's mission, Baker sends apologies to the drug lord for whom he once worked, acknowledging that he turned state's evidence against him in order to avoid returning to prison. Vincent then shoots Baker point blank in the head. Dazed, Max stumbles from the club, insisting he cannot continue. Vincent throttles Max against the cab, but is interrupted by the dispatcher's angry call asking Max to contact his mother. Startled, Vincent presses Max for an explanation and the driver reveals he visits his hospitalized mother every night. Insisting Max cannot break routine and draw attention to himself, Vincent forces him to drive to the hospital to see his mother Ida. Vincent accompanies Max, but when the hit man charmingly engages Ida, the disgusted Max abruptly snatches Vincent's briefcase and races from the hospital. Vincent follows but is unable to prevent Max from flinging the briefcase onto freeway traffic. Meanwhile, Fanning visits the hospital mortuary to examine three new bodies. The medical examiner points out that although two of the men were brought in separately, they were all murdered and have identical bullet wounds. Upon examining the body of Vincent's second victim, Fanning recognizes crooked lawyer Sylvester Clarke, and immediately contacts Weidner, as both Aiella and Clarke were informants in their investigation of drug lord Felix Reyes Torina. Just outside the hospital, Vincent forces Max back to the cab and orders him to drive to another nightclub, El Rodeo, where the assassin directs Max to impersonate Vincent and meet with Felix in order to recover the information about his final two victims that was on the laptop. Although terrified, Max complies, unaware that the club is staked out by the FBI, who are also investigating Felix. Posing as Vincent, Max gains an audience with Felix, who is dumbfounded when "Vincent" reveals he has lost the detailed hit information. During their conversation, Fanning and Weidner join the federal agents, led by Frank Pedrosa, to warn him about Aiella and Clarke's deaths and the just reported murder of Baker. Stunned, Pedrosa reveals that all three men were federal witnesses in their case against Felix. Using the security monitors surrounding the club, the agents see and hear Max identify himself as "Vincent," and Fanning spots the damaged cab sitting in the alley. Checking the license number, Fanning learns from the cab company that Max is law-abiding and has driven for a dozen years without incident, but Weidner insists "Vincent" is the hitman. Inside El Rodeo, Max abruptly overcomes his nervousness and demands the information needed to complete his job and Felix grudgingly complies, giving him a computer memory key. Back at the cab, Vincent plugs the computer memory key into the cab's mobile data terminal and orders Max to drive to a Koreatown club, Fever. Meanwhile, Pedrosa has his men follow the cab while Fanning reminds Weidner of a suspicious case years earlier where a cab driver inexplicably committed several murders before killing himself. Fanning suggests that Max is a "front" for the real murderer, but Weidner, content to let the federal agents take over, departs. At Fever, Vincent forces Max to accompany him into the crowded, pulsating club in search of his next victim, Peter Lim, unaware that the federal agents are close behind, and believe that Max is the assassin. As the men push through the crowd and the agents also move in, Lim's private guards panic and begin shooting. In the ensuing melee, Pedrosa is wounded, several of the agents are killed and Vincent unexpectedly saves Max from being shot by a guard. As the club crowd flees in panic and the agents continue focusing on Max, Vincent reaches Lim and kills him. Meanwhile, Fanning, who has followed the agents to the club, grabs Max to rescue him. As they get outside, however, they find Vincent already back at the cab, where he shoots Fanning and orders Max to resume driving. Outraged by the depth of Vincent's callousness, Max furiously races through the streets and, when Vincent berates Max for being a weak failure, purposely crashes the cab. Both men survive, but as police sirens wail nearby, Vincent flees. A policeman arrives and offers to help Max until he spots Aiella's body in the trunk. As the policeman is about to handcuff Max, the cabbie spots the picture and information of Vincent's last victim on the monitor and is stunned to recognize Annie. Galvanized, Max overpowers the policeman and, taking a pistol, races toward the court building several blocks away. On the way, Max steals a cellphone from a pedestrian and, reading the number on Annie's business card, phones her. Although confused and startled when Max babbles about the killings and Vincent, when he mentions Felix, Annie realizes she is in danger. Meanwhile, Vincent arrives at the court building, kills the security guards and makes his way to Annie's top floor office, not realizing she is in the library two floors below. Frustrated when the cellphone battery abruptly dies, Max hastens to the building and confronts Vincent just as the killer finds Annie in the library. Max wounds Vincent, then flees with Annie down to the subway. Vincent revives and follows the couple onto a mostly empty subway train, chasing them into the last car, where the men have a violent shootout in which Max survives, but Vincent is fatally wounded. As he slumps down on a seat before dying, Vincent asks Max if anyone would notice a dead man on the subway. As dawn breaks, Max and Annie get off at the next stop together.

Cast

Tom Cruise

Vincent

Jamie Foxx

Max [Durocher]

Jada Pinkett Smith

Annie [Farrell]

Mark Ruffalo

[Ray] Fanning

Peter Berg

Richard Weidner

Bruce Mcgill

[Frank] Pedrosa

Irma P. Hall

Ida

Barry Shabaka Henley

Daniel [Baker]

Richard T. Jones

Traffic cop #1

Klea Scott

Fed #1

Bodhi Elfman

Young professional man

Debi Mazar

Young professional woman

Javier Bardem

Felix [Reyes Torina]

Emilio Rivera

Paco

Jamie Mcbride

Traffic cop #2

Ken Ver Cammen

FBI agent

Charlie E. Schmidt Jr.

FBI agent

Michael A. Bentt

Fever bouncer

Ian Hannin

Cell phone partier

Robert Deamer

Sergeant

David Mersault

Crime scene cop

Anthony Ochoa

Crime scene cop

Omar Orozco

El Rodeo doorman

Edgar Sanchez

El Rodeo doorman

Cosme Urquiola

El Rodeo doorman

Thomas Rosales Jr.

Ramone [Aiella]

Wade Andrew Williams

Fed #2

Paul Adelstein

Fed #3

Jessica Ferrarone

Female criminalist

Troy Blendell

Morgue attendant

Inmo

Peter Lim

Howard Bachrach

Pissed off driver

Chic Daniel

Plainclothes cop

Corinne Chooey

Waitress

Jonell Kennedy

Waitress

Steven Kozlowski

White guy

Roger Stoneburner

White guy

Rodney Sandberg

White guy

George Petrina

White guy

Donald Dean

Elliott Newman

Trevor Ware

Bobby English

Auggie Cavanagh

Ronald Muldrow

Peter Mckernan Jr.

Police helicopter pilot

Ivor Shier

News helicopter pilot

Daniel Luján

Rubio #1

Eddie Diaz

Rubio #2

Joey Burns

John Convertino

Josh Cruze

Martin Flores

Rick Garcia

Lawrence Goldman

Maurilio Pineda

Daniel Sistos

Jacob Valenzuela

Luis Villegas

Yussi Wenger

Jason Statham

Airport man

Angelo Tiffe

Sylvester Clarke

Ismael Vidrio

Gas station attendant

Ron Eckert

Hotel security desk guard

Manuel Urrego

Direction asking businessman

Jessie Bernard

Nurse

Luis Moncada

Cold eyed killer

Dyna Teal

Sylvester Clarke girl

Sandi Schroeder

Sylvester Clarke girl

Michael-john Wolfe

Hotel clerk

Addie Yungmee

Fever dancer

J. D. Mcelroy

Fever dancer

Megan Hiratzka

Fever dancer

Kate Gopaoco

Young girl

Christy Yi

Young girl

Lisa Marie Basada

Young girl

Wilson Wong

Tactical sergeant

Mark Stainbrook

Tactical

Brandon Molale

Limo driver

Marianne M. Arreaga

Police helicopter co-pilot

Spike Silver

Police helicopter co-pilot

Ben Mihm

News helicopter co-pilot

Niles Roth

Helicopter pilot

Crew

Tsuyoshi Abe

Stunts

Annica Ackerman

Score Coordinator

Millicent Ally

Stand-in for Ms. Pinkett Smith

Edward R. Alvarado

Labor foreman

Gui Amabis

Score Coordinator

Dale E. Anderson

Swing gang

Mike Anderson

Cableman

Scott M. Anderson

On-set dresser

Terry Anderson

Assistant Costume Designer

Pete Anthony

Orchestration

Pete Anthony

Conductor

Michael Archuleta

Production Assistant

William L. Arjona

Driver

Ty Arnold

Addl 2d 2d Assistant Director

Jeff Atmajian

Orchestration

Paul Aulicino

Assistant Sound Editor

J. S. Bach

Composer

Howard Bachrach

Transportation capt

Joseph Bailey

Compositor, Big Red Pixel

Iris C. Barbarino

Driver

Michel Barrère

Best boy grip

Bruce Barris

1st Assistant Sound Editor

Dominic Bartoloe

Digital imaging tech

Art Bauer

Driver

Stuart Beattie

Writer

Jose Becerra

Composer

Jason Bedig

Leadperson

Dion Beebe

Director of Photography

Curt Beech

Art Department prod Assistant

Shaku Bell

Production Assistant

Rich Bennetti

Driver

Big Red Pixel

Visual Effects by

James P. Bittl

Standby greensman

Robert A. Blackburn

Const Coordinator

Ken Blackwell

Visual Effects Editor

Dave Bleiler

Welding foreman

Jeremy Bloch

3D, Big Red Pixel

Gary Blufer

Sound transfer

Fawn Boardley

Assistant to Ms. Pinkett Smith

Simone Boisseree

Stunts

Michael Bondelli

Precision driving Coordinator

Steve Borgese

Greens foreman

Pieter Bourke

Composer

Mike Boustead

Assistant Music Editor

Carla Bowen

2d Assistant Director

Richard M. Brasic

Driver

Thom Brennan

Supervisor Foley Editor

Tom Briggs

Driver

Carrie Brody

Assistant prod Coordinator

Chad Bronson

3rd Assistant accountant

Corey C. Bronson

Costume Supervisor

Toby Michael Bronson

Costumes

Michael W. Broomer

Driver

Glenn Brown

B 1st Assistant Camera

Mark Brown

Driver

Joey Burns

Composer

Lois Burwell

Makeup artist for Mr. Cruise

Eddie Bydalek

Re-Recording

George F. Caccamise

Grip

Dave Calaway

Driver

Paul Cameron

Director of Photography

David Canning

Digital imaging tech

Marie Cantin

Unit Production Manager

Bryan H. Carroll

2nd Unit Director

Bryan H. Carroll

Associate Producer

Derek Casari

ADR Foley/Eng

Al M. Castillo

Rigging best boy grip

Bill Cawley

Assistant Sound Editor

Gusmano Cesaretti

Associate Producer

Gusmano Cesaretti

2nd Unit Director

Matthew B. Chamberlin

Key Assistant loc Manager

Darryl Chan

Stunts

Olivia Doc Chang

Stunts

John Characky

Driver

Gary L. Cheek

Driver

Andy Cheng Kai Chung

Stunts

Cody Chestnutt

Composer

Liz Chiz

Buyer

Mike Chock

Sound Editing

Robert Chookhachian

Driver

Christopher Ciketic

2d Assistant accountant

Charlie Clouser

Addl programming by

Angie Lee Cobbs

Assistant prod Coordinator

Andrew Cocup

Composer

Martin Cohen

Post prod Executive

Keith Collea

Video Assistant op

Timothy Commerford

Composer

Frank Connor

Still Photographer

Christopher Cornell

Composer

Deborah A. Cornett

Post 1st Assistant accountant

Ed Cortés

Orchestration

Judith A. Cory

Hair stylist for Mr. Cruise

Nicole Crandlemire

Production Assistant

Sophia Crawford

Stunts

Josh Cruze

Composer

William Cueto

Electrician

Chris Cuevas

B 2d Assistant Camera

Chic Daniel

Technical Advisor

Max Daniels

Stunts

Frank Darabont

Screenwriter

Frank Darabont

Executive Producer

Miles Davis

Composer

Phyllis Davis

Driver

Jack Davison

Rigging grip

Cisco De Luna

Composer

Brad Dechter

Orchestration

Sandy Decrescent

Music contractor

Jan Dennehy

Prod accountant

Marc Deschaine

Assistant Sound Editor

Beau Desmond

Costumes

Maria Devane

Post prod accountant

Anthony A. Devito

Driver

Deidra Dixon

Hair stylist for Mr. Foxx

Rob Doolittle

Digital on-line Editor

Daniel T. Dorrance

Art Director

Ernest A. Dottlinger

Const foreman

Michael Doven

Associate prod for Mr. Cruise

John J. Downey

Special Effects

Matt Downey

Special Effects

Kathleen Driscoll-mohler

Casting Associate

Dan Duggan

Grip

Craig Eastman

Rabeca violin played by

Siba Eastman

Rabeca violin played by

Michael L. Eisenberg

Assistant to Mr. Giuliano

Kofi W. Elam

Stunts

Michael Endoso

Stunts

Gretchen Engel

Art Department Coordinator

Kendall Errair

Costume for Mr. Cruise

David Evans

Art Department prod Assistant

Steve Fagerquist

Compositing artist, Howard Anderson Company

Skip Fairlee

Driver

Jamal Farley

Electrician

Kenny Farnell

Driver

Michael Farrow

Addl score rec

Dave Feinner

Compositing artist, Howard Anderson Company

Leslee Feldman

Casting Executive

Robyn-alain Feldman

Post prod Supervisor

Armando Feria

Composer

Chris Ferrence

Picture car office

Thomas Findlay

Composer

Keith Fisher

Transportation co-capt

Paula Fisher

Special Effects office Coordinator

Thomas L. Fisher

Special Effects Coordinator

James Flamberg

Music Editor

John W. Forester

Driver

Rodney Foster

Production Assistant

Bruce Fowler

Orch/Conductor

Tarn Fox

Compositor, Big Red Pixel

Joe Francis

3D tracking, Pacific Title and Art Studio

Chris W. Freeman

Production Assistant

Sue Frey

Executive Assistant to Mr. Cruise

Rob Fried

Executive Producer

Glenn M. Friedman

Driver

David Fulton

Unit Publicist

Sean P. Galvin

Production Assistant

Patrick Garbutt

Swing gang

Rick Garcia

Composer

Tom Garelick

High definition dailies op

Joe Gareri

Executive prod, Pacific Title and Art Studio

J. Armin Garza Ii

Driver

Sari Gennis

3D tracking, Pacific Title and Art Studio

Lisa Gerrard

Composer

Mike Gibbons

Armorer

Shawn K. Gillespie

1st Assistant accountant

Sydney Gilner

Script Supervisor

Mike Ging

Score rec

Peter Giuliano

Executive Producer

Betsy Glick

Costumes

Elliot Goldenthal

Composer

Monica Goldstein

Executive Assistant to Mr. Mann

Ronald D. Goldstein

Special Effects foreman

Rob Gomes

Production Assistant

Al Gotto

Stunts

Michael Gould

Technical Advisor

Brick Graham

Driver

Thomas Graham

Score rec

Christopher Grandell

Compositing artist, Howard Anderson Company

Andrew Gray

Composer

Christopher Gray

Extras casting

Joseph Gray

Const foreman

Kurt Greufe

1st Assistant accountant

Christopher Griffie

Production Assistant

John Grillo

A 1st Assistant Camera/Steadicam

Michael Grillo

Head of feature prod

Chris Haarhoff

B Camera/Steadicam op

Mark Haimes

DreamWorkds Executive

Keith Hall

Department head makeup artist

Jennifer Hammon

Prod Assistant to Mr. Cruise

Chris Hampel

Assistant to Mr. Mann

Larry Haney

Swing gang

Julie Hannum

Loc Manager

Barbara Harris

Voice casting

Josh Harris

Assistant to Mr. Cruise

Shane Harris

Assistant col

Coleman L. Hart

Grip

Joe Hathaway

Telecine col

Richard Havens

Composer

Lindsey Hayes Kroeger

Casting Associate

Steve Hellerstein

Driver

Mo Henry

Negative cutter

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Action
Crime
Thriller
Release Date
Aug 6, 2004
Premiere Information
Los Angeles Film Festival premiere: 17-26 Jun 2004
Production Company
DreamWorks SKG; Edge City Films
Distribution Company
DreamWorks SKG
Country
United States
Location
Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles, California, United States; Los Angeles, California, United States

Technical Specs

Duration
2h

Award Nominations

Best Editing

2004

Best Supporting Actor

2004
Jamie Foxx

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

According to a March 2000 Hollywood Reporter news item, Collateral was originally developed as a possible feature for HBO cable television. DreamWorks then purchased Australian writer Stuart Beattie's script to produce as a feature film. According to the same item, the title refers to "hitman slang" for a murder for which a professional assassin has not yet been contracted. A Daily Variety item, noting DreamWorks' purchase of Beattie's script, indicated its setting as New York City and described the title as "in underworld terms, a person who, if he sees a murder, must execute one himself." Although a July 2000 Hollywood Reporter news item reported that executive producer Frank Darabont was "polishing" the script and Hollywood Reporter production charts list Beattie, Darabont and director Michael Mann as writers, only Beattie is credited onscreen.
       In August 2000, Daily Variety indicated that Mimi Leder was in negotiations to direct Collateral. The item clarified the title further by describing it to mean "a witness [to murder] who is then forced to commit murder himself, so as to discourage any report of the crimes." In October 2000, Daily Variety reported that Leder was unable to reach an agreement with DreamWorks for the production budget on the film and withdrew from negotiations. Although Forward Pass, Inc. and Darkwood Productions were listed in some pre-production news items as participating in the project, they are not listed in the onscreen credits. Forward Pass is Mann's production company.
       In January 2002, a Hollywood Reporter news item announced that former cinematographer Janusz Kaminski was set to direct the film. The date at which Kaminski left the project and Mann took over as director has not been confirmed. A later Daily Variety article mentioned that Australian actor Russell Crowe was initially interested in the script. The same article revealed that Beattie got the idea for the story's plot after he had gotten friendly with a cab driver in his native Australia and reflected on the driver's trust in him when he could just as easily have been a "homicidal maniac."
       A June 2003 Hollywood Reporter item indicated that Tom Cruise had been set by that time in the role of the assassin and that Adam Sandler was to meet with Mann to discuss a co-starring role. A September 2003 pre-production chart in Hollywood Reporter included Dennis Farina in the cast. According to an August 2003 Hollywood Reporter article, Val Kilmer was in negotiations for a co-starring role with Cruise and Jamie Foxx. In October 2003, Hollywood Reporter reported that Mark Ruffalo would replace Kilmer in the role of the detective. It is not clear when the script's original setting of New York was shifted to Los Angeles.
       Reviews of the film indicated that it was almost completely shot by cinematographers Paul Cameron and Dion Beebe using high definition digital video cameras, called the Thomson Green Valley Viper Filmstream and the Sony Cine Alta. The cameras enabled Cameron and Beebe to have as much light, clarity and color as possible for the all-night setting of the film. An August 2004 Los Angeles Times article retraced the film's numerous stops throughout predominantly East Los Angeles and downtown, and noted that the exteriors of the Renaissance Hotel at Hollywood and Highland doubled as the high-rise condominium belonging to "Sylvester Clarke"; the nightclub Cheerio's served as the front for "Baker's" jazz club, with the interior shot at Grand Star Jazz Club in Chinatown; and the real El Rodeo club was used for the meeting between "Max" and "Felix." The club Fever was based on an actual Koreatown locale, Café Bliss, which was recreated entirely on a sound stage. Another Los Angeles Times news item noted that a reporter checked on the story told by "Vincent" to Max at the film's beginning, about a man dying on the Los Angeles MTA subway and no one noticing for several hours. The story could not be verified, but the reporter noted that there was such an account of a dead New York City subway rider who went unnoticed for a number of hours.
       Collateral was selected as one of AFI's Top Ten films of 2004 and received two Academy Award nominations, one for Jamie Foxx for Best Supporting Actor and one for Jim Miller and Paul Rubell for Best Film Editing. In addition, the film won the National Board of Review's Best Director award for Michael Mann and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography. Foxx received many critical accolades, including Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild nominations for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. In 2004 Foxx also starred in the Universal release Ray, for which he received the National Board of Review Best Actor award, as well as SAG and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor. Foxx, who also received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television category for Redemption, was the first actor ever to receive three Golden Globe nominations in the same year.
       Many reviews commented that the role of hard-edged sociopath "Vincent" was a departure for leading man Tom Cruise, and noted that the actor's characteristic dark hair was lightened to salt and pepper in order to age and toughen his boyish features.

Miscellaneous Notes

Winner of the 2004 award for Best Cinematography by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).

Winner of the 2004 award for Best Cinematography by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA).

Winner of the 2004 award for Best Director by the National Board of Review (NBR).

Winner of the 2004 award for Best Supporting Actor (Jamie Foxx) by the Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA).

Winner of two 2004 Satellite Awards including Best Film Editing and Best Sound Mixing & Editing by the International Press Academy (IPA).

Released in United States Summer August 6, 2004

Released in United States on Video December 14, 2004

Released in United States June 2004

Released in United States August 2004

Released in United States September 2004

Shown at IFP/Los Angeles Film Festival June 17-26, 2004.

Shown at Urbanworld Film Festival (Opening Night) August 4-8, 2004.

Shown at Venice International Film Festival September 1-11, 2004.

Val Kilmer was previously attached but dropped out due to his commitment to appear in Oliver Stone's "Alexander the Great."

Adam Sandler was previously in discussions to star alongside Tom Cruise.

Fernando Meirelles was previously attached to direct.

Mimi Leder was previously attached to direct and dropped out because of a budget dispute.

Stuart Beattie reportedly received mid six figures for this project.

Stuart Beattie reportedly received mid six figures for this project.

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Released in United States Summer August 6, 2004

Released in United States on Video December 14, 2004

Released in United States June 2004 (Shown at IFP/Los Angeles Film Festival June 17-26, 2004.)

Winner of the 2004 award for Best Actor (Jamie Foxx) by the National Society of Film Critics (NSFC).

Voted one of the 10 best films of 2004 by the American Film Institute (AFI).

Released in United States August 2004 (Shown at Urbanworld Film Festival (Opening Night) August 4-8, 2004.)

Released in United States September 2004 (Shown at Venice International Film Festival September 1-11, 2004.)