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The Machinist (2004)

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An industrial worker who hasn't slept in a year begins to doubt his own sanity.

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Brad Anderson

Writer:

Scott Kosar
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Bale ... Trevor Reznik
Jennifer Jason Leigh ... Stevie
Aitana Sánchez-Gijón ... Marie
John Sharian ... Ivan
Michael Ironside ... Miller
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. ... Jackson (as Larry Gilliard)
Reg E. Cathey ... Jones
Anna Massey ... Mrs. Shrike
Matthew Romero Moore ... Nicholas (as Matthew Romero)
Robert Long Robert Long ... Supervisor Furman
Colin Stinton ... Inspector Rogers
Craig Stevenson ... Tucker
Ferran Lahoz Ferran Lahoz ... Gonzales
Jeremy Xido ... Evangelisti
Norman Bell Norman Bell ... DMV Clerk
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Storyline

Trevor Reznik is a machinist in a factory. An extreme case of insomnia has led to him not sleeping in a year, and his body withering away to almost nothing. He has an obsessive compulsion to write himself reminder notes and keep track of his dwindling weight, both scribbled on yellow stickies in his apartment. The only person he lets into his life in an emotional sense is Stevie, a prostitute, although he has an infatuation with Maria, a single mother waitress working in an airport diner. His co-workers don't associate with and mistrust him because of not knowing what is going on in his life that has led to his emaciated physical appearance. A workplace incident further alienates him with his coworkers, and in conjunction with some unfamiliar pieces of paper he finds in his apartment, Trevor believes that someone or some people - probably one or some of his coworkers - are out to get him, using a phantom employee named Ivan as their front. As Trevor goes on a search for evidence as to... Written by Huggo

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A little guilt goes a long way... See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and disturbing images, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Spain | France | UK | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

3 December 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Machinist See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$64,661, 24 October 2004

Gross USA:

$1,082,715

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,203,235
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Because the film was shot almost entirely on location in Barcelona, Spain, the production designers had to painstakingly re-create the look and feel of Los Angeles with many "everyday Americana" items in both interior AND exterior shoots. This included cigarettes, alcohol, street signs, traffic signals, public telephones, retail signage, automobiles, license plates, and also shooting in what writer Scott Kosar called "some of the worst areas of Barcelona". See more »

Goofs

In the driving sequence after Trevor is asked if he has had any head injuries, the cigarette lighter position changes between the time it is pushed from when it pops out. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ivan: Who are you?
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Connections

Featured in Manifesting 'The Machinist' (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

After Hours
Written by Tommy Carter
(c) British Audio Cathalogue
Authorised by Konga Music, S.L., exclusive subpublisher for Spain
All rights reserved
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Great thriller mystery
4 April 2012 | by scoupSee all my reviews

The Machinist is an instant classic.

A riveting descent into madness with Christian Bale bringing his A game. Bale wastes himself away to 120 lbs of a haunting and creepy shell of a man both visually disturbing and compelling. The story ambles along laden with foreshadowing and clues keeping the viewer involved in the mystery.

Not much needs to be said except "Brilliant." Well constructed and nuanced atmospheric film that will be viewed 50 years from now and not lose anything; maybe only to be elevated as an example of filmmaking at its best.

It's easy to draw a parallel to Hitchcock; but maybe it is closer to the truth that The Machinist is a movie that he would have evolved to make if he had lived longer. Hitchcock would have been fascinated by Bale and his extreme dedication to his craft. My imagination takes me away to a place where Hitchcock has just finished watching The Machinist and feels just a small pang of envy...followed by an immediate call to Bale's agent for casting in his next movie. If wishes were horses...


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