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Nightcrawler (2014)

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When Louis Bloom, a con man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.

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Dan Gilroy

Writer:

Dan Gilroy
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 42 wins & 123 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Gyllenhaal ... Louis Bloom
Michael Papajohn ... Security Guard
Marco Rodríguez ... Scrapyard Owner (as Marco Rodriguez)
Bill Paxton ... Joe Loder
James Huang ... Marcus Mayhem Video
Kent Shocknek ... Kent Shocknek
Pat Harvey Pat Harvey ... Pat Harvey
Sharon Tay ... Sharon Tay
Rick Garcia ... Rick Garcia
Leah Fredkin ... Female Anchor
Bill Seward ... Bill Seward
Rick Chambers ... KWLA Anchor Ben Waterman
Holly Hannula Holly Hannula ... KWLA Anchor Lisa Mays
Jonny Coyne ... Pawn Shop Owner
Nick Chacon Nick Chacon ... Cop #1
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Storyline

NIGHTCRAWLER is a thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling - where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Written by Open Road Films

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The closer you look the darker it gets. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence including graphic images, and for language | See all certifications »

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Despite receiving nominations for Best Actor at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs, SAG, Critics Choice awards, Independent Spirit Awards and even the Saturn Awards, Jake Gyllenhaal failed to receive an Academy Award nomination. Critics, audiences, major film groups and publications considered this a major snub. He is only one of eight actors that this has happened to. See more »

Goofs

The stolen watch always appears to have a silver band, but the last time we see Lou wearing it, the band looks black and plastic. See more »

Quotes

Rick: You saw him. You saw him!
Lou Bloom: I can't jeopardize my company's success to retain an untrustworthy employee.
Rick: You're crazy. You're crazy.
Lou Bloom: You took my bargaining power Rick. You used it against me. You would've done it again. Just admit it.
Rick: I don't know. I don't know.
Lou Bloom: I know. I know.
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Though hardly perceivable, the moon continues to rise as credits roll. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 24 July 2015 (2015) See more »

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HONKY TONK HOE DOWN
Written by Richard Myhill
Courtesy of APM Music
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Media propaganda meets psycho in this fascinating film
3 February 2015 | by gotlbhSee all my reviews

This film essentially tells the story of an ambitious and somewhat psychotic news video freelancer (played by Jake Gyllenhall) who will do anything, literally, to make his way in the world and be successful and a media editor (played by Rene Russo) who,in her own world of news casting, also has few if any scruples when it comes to her career and reputation. Put the two together and you get an escalating set of events in which the video freelancer goes to greater and greater extremes to film shocking scenes of crime, encouraged along by the media editor who is paying for his results.

What makes the film more interesting than just another action drama is the social commentary and the character studies. The main characters are very well crafted, believable, explained through back drop and excellently acted out. The parallels between them are also interesting to observe. Both pretty much without any care for the people around them and focused solely on personal gain. What the video guy will do to get his paycheck is shocking, but what the media editor will do to get her news reel is just as distasteful.

The social commentary is also sharp. The media is portrayed essentially as caring about nothing but a good story, even in fact if that story happens to be untrue. What matters is the narrative and the narrative has to fit the agenda of the media agency. By this measure all news is little more than propaganda. The video guy, despite his barbaric methods and behaviour, is also tolerated by those around him and the message, at least from the media editor and her team (acknowledging one dissenting voice in the film), is that it is OK to be cruel and to hurt others if it is in the pursuit of personal ambition. Both are valid observations and comments on today's society, whether we, the viewers, happen to agree with them or not.

The film also has a touch of originality which isn't easy to do these days when so many movies have already been made. Yes there are studies out there of psychos, yes there are films that vilify the media and there are films about morbid voyeurism and about the exploitation of victims of crime for personal gain. The originality comes from putting them all together. I couldn't really think of a parallel, although others might.

This is well worth watching. You may not ultimately enjoy the film, after all it isn't pleasant, but I am fairly sure you will remember it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,441,000, 2 November 2014

Gross USA:

$32,381,217

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$47,398,992
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Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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