A frustrated office worker discovers that he is the son of a professional assassin, and that he shares his father's superhuman killing abilities.

Director:

Timur Bekmambetov

Writers:

Michael Brandt (screenplay), Derek Haas (screenplay) | 5 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James McAvoy ... Wesley
Morgan Freeman ... Sloan
Angelina Jolie ... Fox
Terence Stamp ... Pekwarsky
Thomas Kretschmann ... Cross
Common ... The Gunsmith
Kristen Hager ... Cathy
Marc Warren ... The Repairman
David O'Hara ... Mr. X (as David Patrick O'Hara)
Konstantin Khabenskiy ... The Exterminator (as Konstantin Khabensky)
Dato Bakhtadze Dato Bakhtadze ... The Butcher
Chris Pratt ... Barry
Lorna Scott ... Janice
Sophiya Haque ... Puja
Brian Caspe ... The Pharmacist
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Storyline

A young man finds out his long lost father is an assassin. When his father is murdered, the son is recruited into his father's old organization and trained by a man named Sloan to follow in his dad's footsteps. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Choose your destiny. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, pervasive language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Trivia

While on location in Chicago, The Dark Knight (2008) was the neighboring film production, in which Morgan Freeman worked while shooting this film. On one occasion, Mark Millar, the creator, snuck onto the neighboring set to see the Batpod which was used for filming. He was evicted from the set when security and producer Lauren Shuler Donner (who visited the set as well) caught him in the act. See more »

Goofs

When Fox picks Wesley up after he quits his job, there is a close-up of the knife used to steal the car. The knife-blade is translucent and the entire ignition slot through it. Additionally, despite the fact that the car is moving, the speedometer is set at zero. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Wesley: [voice-over] It's my anorexic boss' birthday. This means there's a certain amount of inter-office pressure to stand around the conference table, eating crappy food and pretending to worship her. Acting for five minutes like Janice doesn't make all our lives miserable is the hardest work I'll do all day. My job title is account manager. I used to be called an account service representative, but a consultant told us we have to manage our clients, and to not service them. I have a ...
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Crazy Credits

There are no opening credits. The title appears as a headline on a newspaper well into the movie. See more »

Alternate Versions

The Australian theatrical version cut a 10 second sequence where Wesley jams a gun through a dead man's mouth and uses his body as a shield while he shoots down other gunmen. This version was rated MA15+. Oddly enough, when the DVD came out, it had a sticker on the cover touting the film as "Uncut". While this was true -- and the violence in the gunfight had been re-instated -- the DVD carried the same MA15+ rating. See more »

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Referenced in Greek: The Day After (2009) See more »

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Gleefully fun and thoroughly entertaining.
23 February 2020 | by MR_HeracliusSee all my reviews

'Wanted' is a film that's having too much fun not to like. Who cares about the impossibility of bullet bending when most audiences accept superheroes with inhuman powers and strengths based on comic book characters. As with those comic book films, it's just a work of fiction and fantasy, and since 'Wanted' doesn't take itself at all seriously, then you can suspend utter disbelief. The casting and performances are all spot on, above all James McAvoy who delivers one of his best performances in his career so far, even if the might not be the best film he's been in. Stylish, funny, competently directed and paced, this is a great action flick with an ordinary story that is more than the sum of its parts due to slick a execution.


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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wanted See more »

Filming Locations:

Sokolec, Czech Republic See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$50,927,085, 29 June 2008

Gross USA:

$134,508,551

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$342,463,063
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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