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Hero Wanted (2008)

After he awakens in a hospital, a man tracks down and murders the man that left him and a bank teller for dead during a robbery, only to end up having the slain thief's associates come after him in retaliation.

Director:

Brian Smrz

Writers:

Chad Law, Evan Law
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Liam Case
Ray Liotta ... Detective Terry Subcott
Norman Reedus ... Swain
Kim Coates ... Skinner McGraw
Tommy Flanagan ... Derek (as Thomas Flannigan)
Jean Smart ... Melanie McQueen
Christa Campbell ... Kayla McQueen
Steven Kozlowski Steven Kozlowski ... Lynch McGraw
Gary Cairns ... Gill
Sammi Hanratty ... Marley Singer (as Samantha Hanratty)
Ben Cross ... Cosmo Jackson
Todd Jensen ... Detective Wallace MacTee
Paul Sampson ... Gordy McGraw
Lisa Dunne Lisa Dunne ... Marley's Mom
Elitsa Razheva Elitsa Razheva ... Dawn Case (as Elitza Rajeva)
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Storyline

A man seeks out and murders the thief that left him and a bank teller for dead during a robbery, only to end up having the slain thief's associates come after him in retaliation. Written by Annonymous

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The Hero Becomes the Hunted. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language and brief sexual content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 2008 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$676,860
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Vinnie Jones was initially set to play the role of Skinner but couldn't due to filming commitments on Clive Barker's The Midnight Meat Train (2008). See more »

Goofs

After the cops find the dead body in the bathroom of the nightclub there is a scene where the two detectives play pool in a bar. In one split of a second you can see the que ball on the table but once the pool table is off camera the detective is clearly hitting a different ball. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Liam Case: [narration] I really wish we hadn't start here. It's too easy to get the wrong idea about me.
[photograph]
Liam Case: That's Dawn, my wife. A car accident ended our happiness, leaving me with an empty home, and an empty life.
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Soundtracks

Petey's Blues
Written by Peter Neff (as Peter T. Neff)
Performed by Peter Neff (as Peter T. Neff)
Published by Peter Neff Music (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Neffscores Music
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good idea; poor execution
6 June 2008 | by beregicSee all my reviews

this COULD have had been great . the problem here is the convoluted plot, great script but poorly adjusted for any feature(no matter what the budget might/could been). however the plot and directions DO have their "moments" and i think Cuba Gooding Jr. is exceptionally great here . Ben Cross to some extent as well, but then again. the problem is that the plot does not develops the secondary characters enough to even give actors the chance to "play it". we have Ray Liotta as the best example of such underused and/or wasted actor/character "tallents". he might as well not be in the feature at all, i would not see the difference ; as a matter of a fact a "no name" might be able to be pulling his act with less damage to the movie's rating overall.

in my personal opinion this is a guy's movie. it is NOT the "mobster" type even if has strong such elements, and even leads to get that "vibe" at first. the start looks very promising, then about 40 minutes of "flash backs|( i think they were inserted just to make the story "longer"); then again about 10 minutes of interesting thoughts( that will make you consider this not as "bad" as might seem), only to disappoint towards end by typical "b-movie" shot executions. however the last 2 scenes might leave a great impressions since , i believe, the morals and ethics here are well determined.

all inn all this should had been, at best, a 30 minutes short movie and might had even been considered for "awards". but instead is fully commercialized as for "one time pay/view" and then to be "discared


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