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Law Abiding Citizen

Release Date: October 16, 2009 (US)
Director: F. Gary Gray
Writter: Kurt Wimmer
Jamie Foxx as: Nick Rice
Co-Stars: Gerard Butler, Leslie Bibb, Colm Meaney
Runtime: 108 min | 118 min (director’s cut)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Rated: R for strong bloody brutal violence and torture, a scene of rape, and pervasive language
Production budget: $53 million (estimated)
Box office: $126 million
Links: ImdbOfficial Site


Plot Summary

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.


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  • Gerard Butler was originally set to play Nick Rice until Jamie Foxx called the producers and asked if Butler would like to play Clyde Shelton instead, as he liked the role of Nick. When the producers approached Butler about playing Clyde, he thought about it for a second and reportedly said “Jamie as Nick… and me as Clyde? That would be awesome!”
  • The movie was shot in Philadelphia, PA


Gary’s eye is incredible. Right off the bat, the movie looks epic because of the way he shot it, and not a lot of directors are able to do that. He’s able to work in larger-than-life proportions and make people want to give him the best they can on screen – Jamie Foxx about the director, F. Gary Gray.