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The Samaritan (2012)

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After twenty years in prison, Foley is finished with the grifter's life. When he meets an elusive young woman named Iris, the possibility of a new start looks real. But his past is proving to be a stubborn companion.

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David Weaver

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Elan Mastai (screenplay), David Weaver (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Samuel L. Jackson ... Foley
Luke Kirby ... Ethan
Ruth Negga ... Iris
A.C. Peterson ... Miro
Gil Bellows ... Bartender Bill
Aaron Poole ... Jake
Tom McCamus ... Deacon
Martha Burns ... Gretchen
Deborah Kara Unger ... Helena
Tom Wilkinson ... Xavier
Rob Archer ... Vernon Hicks
Diana Leblanc ... Celia
Rufus Crawford ... Construction Foreman
Andrew Butcher Andrew Butcher ... Construction Worker
Frank Moore ... Walker
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After twenty years in prison, Foley is finished with the grifter's life. When he meets an elusive young woman named Iris, the possibility of a new start looks real. But his past is proving to be a stubborn companion.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language, some sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Samaritan See more »

Filming Locations:

Havana, Cuba See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,744, 20 May 2012

Gross USA:

$2,521

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,220
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Stereo | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Samuel L. Jackson and Ruth Negga appeared on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013). See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film, when Iris is shot and needs a blood transfusion, Foley tells the doctor to use his blood because 'it will work.' However, parents are not automatically compatible blood donors to children. They could actually have different blood types which are incompatible. See more »

Quotes

Iris: If you keep on doing what you've always done ,you'll keep on being what you've always been, nothing changes unless you make it change, I know what it sounds like but every morning that I wake up I think about what that really means .Nothing Changes Unless You Make It Change.
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Not terrible, but quite familiar
16 October 2012 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

I am stumped as to why an actor like Samuel L. Jackson, who regularly appears in big budget Hollywood movies, would be doing in a low budget Canadian movie. Apparently he was very attracted to this project, since he's also listed as one of the movie's producers. And the movie does have some positive attributes. Though low budget, it looks pretty slick, with good cinematography and intricate camera techniques. The acting by Jackson and the no-name Canadian cast is also pretty good. However, the screenplay is kind of inadequate. To be fair, it puts in a couple of twists that I didn't see coming. But for the most part, the movie travels down a very familiar path that will have you repeatedly saying, "I've seen this before." This isn't a terrible movie, but it's not very successful. By the way, this is one of the few Canadian movies to be set in Canada and involving Canadian characters... but the Canadian aspect of the movie is presented in such a soft and blink-and-you'll-miss-it manner that most viewers will think the story is taking place in the United States with American characters.


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