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He Was a Quiet Man (2007)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance, Thriller | 7 December 2007 (UK)
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An office worker inadvertently becomes a hero after he saves a woman's life.

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Frank A. Cappello

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Frank A. Cappello (as Frank Cappello)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael DeLuise ... Detective Sorenson
Christian Slater ... Bob Maconel
Jamison Jones ... Scott Harper
Anzu Lawson ... Nancy Felt
John Gulager ... Goldie / Maurice Gregory
Elisha Cuthbert ... Venessa Parks
K.C. Ramsey ... Jackson
Sascha Knopf ... Paula Metzler
David Wells ... Ralf Coleman
Frankie Thorn ... Jessica Light (as Frankie Lou Thorn)
Randolph Mantooth ... Dr. Willis
Sewell Whitney ... Derrick Miles
Lisa Arianna Lisa Arianna ... ADD Assistant
Livia Treviño ... Shelby's Secretary (as Levia Trevino)
William H. Macy ... Gene Shelby
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Storyline

A troubled loner, Bob Maconel, imagines blowing up the tower in Los Angeles where he works. He takes a revolver to his office intent on killing colleagues, and then himself. At home, he holds conversations with his fish, who encourage him to do it. His supervisor picks on him. As he's screwing his courage to the sticking place, he drops a bullet; while on the floor looking for it, another colleague does exactly what Bob has been planning. Bob emerges a hero and the one colleague he likes, a woman with a bright smile, is severely wounded. Can Bob help her through despair and find himself and joy in life? Or, as everyone says, is this impossible for a man like him? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 2007 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A Fúria See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,431, 2 December 2007

Gross USA:

$2,431

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$83,440
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to the director's commentary on the DVD the entire movie was shot in only 21 days. See more »

Goofs

When Bob goes to lunch, he carries his briefcase by the handle, then sets it down flat on the top of the wall. When he opens the case, the items inside are perfectly arranged. See more »

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[first lines]
Bob Maconel: It was easier in the past. A man knew what it was to be a man. He stood up to things that were wrong, and had the right to do so. Were expected to do so. And the way you lived, the training you put yourself through, prepared you for the inevitable confrontations. Ones that could end in dismemberment or even death. Then something happened. We passed laws of decency, lawyers became our shepherds. And what was once a fairly easy thing to understand, became muddled in a bureaucracy of ...
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Crazy Credits

A still photo of a child appears in the Very Special Thanks section. See more »

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Referenced in Pulse 3 (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Inner Depths Of A Tortured Soul
Written by Robert Cosio
Performed by Robert Cosio
Produced by Robert Cosio
Courtesy of R World Music (ASCAP) 2007
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Loneliness, Humiliation and Paranoia
3 August 2008 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Los Angeles, the lonely and paranoid Bob Maconel (Christian Slater) is a complete loser: at home, in spite of living in the same address for five years, his next door neighbor ignores his existence and he only talks to his alter-ego golden fish in his aquarium; in the office at ADD company, he is abused and humiliated by his colleagues and nobody has ever asked an opinion to him or invited him to a happy-hour. Every now and then Bob imagines shooting five loath coworkers or blowing up ADD's building. When his next cubicle colleague has a breakdown and shoots his colleagues, Bob kills him with five shots and becomes a popular local hero. His boss Gene Shelby (William H. Macy) moves him from his cubicle to an office in the last floor and makes him the VP of Creative Thinking as the substitute for Vanessa Parks (Elisha Cuthbert), who has become quadriplegic with one bullet in her spine. Bob visits Vanessa in the hospital and after the initial rejection, she asks him to help her to commit suicide. However, they become close and Bob falls in love for Vanessa. But the mistreatment in the past and lack of confidence of the quiet Bob haunt him, driving him to an insanity process.

"He Was a Quiet Man" is an impressively dark and morbid character study of a paranoid man after years of humiliation and loneliness. Most of the characters in the office are usually found in most companies, from the sweet woman that uses sex to climb positions to the apple-polisher; the abusive to the abused worker. Therefore, there is a total credibility in the universe of the employees of ADD. The underrated Christian Slater gives a fantastic performance with the quiet and ignored Bob Maconel and his character is very well developed, slightly recalling Michael Douglas in "Falling Down". The extremely dark humor may be unpleasant to some viewers but I found this movie a gem to be discovered. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "A Fúria" ("The Rage")


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