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Unleashed (2005)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | 13 May 2005 (USA)
A man enslaved by the mob since childhood and raised into behaving like a human attack dog escapes his captors and attempts to start a new life.

Director:

Louis Leterrier

Writer:

Luc Besson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jet Li ... Danny
Morgan Freeman ... Sam
Bob Hoskins ... Bart
Kerry Condon ... Victoria
Vincent Regan ... Raffles
Dylan Brown ... Lefty
Tamer Hassan ... Georgie
Michael Jenn ... Wyeth
Phyllida Law ... Distinguished Lady
Carole Ann Wilson ... Maddy
Mike Lambert Mike Lambert ... The Stranger
Jaclyn Tze Wey Jaclyn Tze Wey ... Danny's Mother
Puthirith Chou Puthirith Chou ... Teen Danny
Tony Theng Tony Theng ... Little Danny
Owen Lay Owen Lay ... Baby Danny
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Storyline

Two men cut off from the world in different ways become unlikely friends and protectors in this offbeat action drama. Danny (Jet Li) is a physically powerful but emotionally stunted man; never given any sort of proper education, Danny has learned little in his lifetime but how to fight, and his minder, Bart (Bob Hoskins), treats him more like a guard dog than anything else, using him in illegal no-holds-barred brawls that earn Bart plenty of money but only reinforce Danny's violent alienation. When Bart is injured in an auto accident, Danny is left to fend for himself, and stumbles upon Sam (Morgan Freeman), an elderly piano tuner who has lost his sight. Sam is the first person to treat Danny with kindness, and the music he plays soothes the troubled soul of the fighter. However, Danny's fighting skills soon come in handy when Sam runs afoul of a pack of small-time crooks who believe he knows too much about their operations.

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Chained by Violence. Freed by Music See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violent content, language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

The screenplay was written by Luc Besson exclusively for Jet Li. See more »

Goofs

In the fight with the man in white, while they are in the bathroom, the holes they make in the wall appear and disappear between shots, most noticeable during the missing head-butt. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bart: Get 'em!
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Alternate Versions

The Europa Ultimate Edition of the film contains deleted scenes like:
  • 1) Danny admits to Sam that he 'hurts people'.
  • 2) An incomplete fight-sequence at a indoor car park.
  • 3) A 3D track shot inside the piano
  • ..and also U.S version scenes include:
  • 1) A longer montage of Bart taking Danny throughout Glasgow to collect money.
  • 2) Alternate ending: instead of ending with a close-up of Danny, it simply ends with the piano crawl.
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Connections

Referenced in Intergalactic Combat (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Round Midnight
(Cootie Williams / Thelonious Monk / Bernard Hanighen (as Bernie Hanighen))
(c) 1944 Advanced Music Corp
with courtesy of Warner Chappell Music France
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Breathtaking and violent fights along with an enjoyable story
1 December 2006 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The film concerns about Danny(an incredible Jet Li) a young man who lives like a slave . He is treated like a dog by his proprietary Bart(a magnificent villain Bob Hoskins)a nasty mobster from Glascow who raised him since child like a savage animal . When Bart unleashes his collar Danny is behaving like a rabid dog and starts hitting and knocking people practicing his natural talent for martial arts.His amazing slickness united to a risk sense converted him in a tournaments champion.Later a car accident is executed by an opposite gangster(a tough Vincent Regan) and Danny flees and shelters at home of a blind tuner of piano named Sam(as always an excellent Morgan Freeman) and his stepdaughter(a charming Kerry Condon).Danny is haunted by the musical sounds which remember him his anterior life.

The picture gets frenetic action, impressive fights with bound and leaps and no stunts but the same actors are the fighters.The struggles are well staged with spectacular choreography in charge of the specialist Woo Ping Yuen(Kill Bill and Matrix).But not only fights but the film has an interesting story(well written by Luc Besson) where a violent Danny is attracted for a familiar feeling .In spite of the crude violence the picture has its agreeable moments here and there narrated with ductility and delicacy and developed with great sense of fairness and sensitivity.The music with a bit of go by Massive attack.The film is produced by the French producer Pierre Spengler with a long career and by the same Jet Li(Cradle 2,Hero,The one,Kiss of dragon) .The motion picture is well directed by Louis Leterrier(Tansporteur I and II). The movie will like to Jet Li fans and martial arts enthusiastic. Rating Better than average, well worth watching.


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Official Sites:

Rogue

Country:

France | USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Unleashed See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,600,000, 15 May 2005

Gross USA:

$24,537,621

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,871,113
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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