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Red Eye (2005)

PG-13 | | Thriller | 19 August 2005 (USA)
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A woman is kidnapped by a stranger on a routine flight. Threatened by the potential murder of her father, she is pulled into a plot to assist her captor in a political assassination.


Wes Craven


Carl Ellsworth (screenplay), Carl Ellsworth (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachel McAdams ... Lisa Reisert
Cillian Murphy ... Jackson Rippner
Brian Cox ... Joe Reisert
Laura Johnson ... Blonde Woman
Max Kasch ... Headphone Kid
Jayma Mays ... Cynthia
Angela Paton ... Nice Lady
Suzie Plakson ... Senior Flight Attendant
Jack Scalia ... Charles Keefe
Terry Press Terry Press ... Marianne Taylor (as Teresa Press-Marx)
Robert Pine ... Bob Taylor
Carl Gilliard ... Taxi Driver
Mary Kathleen Gordon ... Airline Representative (as Mary-Kathleen Gordon)
Loren Lester ... Irate Passenger
Philip Pavel ... Dallas Ticket Agent


This is the story of a young resourceful heroine named Lisa Reisert who hates to fly, but the terror that awaits her on the night flight to Miami has nothing to do with a fear of flying! Upon boarding the plane, Lisa is trapped on a red-eye flight with a creepy villainous handsome and charming man by the name of Jackson Rippner, who's playing middle-man in the plot to assassinate a Homeland Security official. He's got her father pinned down by a would-be killer, using that advantage to coerce Lisa into phoning the luxury resort where she works and arranging to move the target into a pre-set position. Written by Anthony Pereyra <hypersonic91@yahoo.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Fear Takes Flight



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some intense sequences of violence, and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


(at around 12 mins) This is the second movie that Rachel McAdams has starred in that references a man named Duke. Previously in The Notebook (2004), her character's husband in old age is nicknamed Duke. In this movie, she tells Jackson that her grandmother had a boyfriend named Duke. See more »


Throughout the film, you can see that Jackson Rippner's eyebrows are visibly thicker or thinner in some scenes. Due to playing a trans-gendered female in Breakfast on Pluto prior to Red Eye, Cillian Murphy (Jackson) had had his eyebrows tweezed for that role. See more »


[first lines]
Marianne Taylor: Taylor. Bob and Marianne Taylor.
Cynthia: Just bear with me one second.
Marianne Taylor: There are other hotels in Miami.
Cynthia: I'm sorry.
Marianne Taylor: What is the problem? We made these reservations over six months ago.
Cynthia: I know, ma'am, I'm just not seeing it.
Marianne Taylor: Well, where's Lisa? Lisa always takes care of us.
Cynthia: I know, ma'am. She's out of town. Her grandmother passed away.
Bob Taylor: Cynthia, is it?
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My job comes first.
29 October 2007 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Wes Craven's psychological thriller "Red Eye" isn't something we haven't already seen, but the standard format actually generates into a tight, snappy and gripping experience. After breaking away from its vulnerable, claustrophobic intensity. Craven effectively heightens the suspense, for a heart stopping and dazzling last-half potboiler, despite some elaborate and questionable details. This is sure a different mood for Craven, and you probably wouldn't know it was he behind it. Being short and sweet makes the flying time go by in no time. Quantity seems to be replaced with quality, but still this is a streamlined lightweight commercial flight for audiences. The taut premise builds up nicely, because of an always engagingly sharp and sly script. However it does seem to get quite silly, and overstated towards the spontaneous closing. Even the whole set-up is very wishy-washy. One of its driving factors were the profound lead performances. The lovely Rachael McAdams gives a dedicated, headstrong performance. Opposite of her is a sensationally suave, but sinisterly steely Cillian Murphy. The two gelled very well, and their back-and-forth banter was expertly delivered. Veteran actor Brian Cox provides some solidarity, and pleasant support. The cracking music score by Marco Beltrami demonstrates slick panache, and well-timed cues. Craven and his two leads; McAdams and Murphy lift this one up a notch.

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Release Date:

19 August 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,167,662, 21 August 2005

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2.35 : 1
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