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Cradle 2 the Grave (2003)

A jewel thief's daughter is kidnapped after he steals a collection of prized black diamonds, which aren't at all what they seem.

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Odion
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Laser Tech
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Storyline

When his daughter is kidnapped and held in exchange for priceless diamonds, the leader of a crew of highly skilled urban thieves (DMX) forges an unlikely alliance with a Taiwanese Intelligence officer (Jet Li) to rescue her. Their race against the clock to find the precious stones ultimately unravels a plot to distribute a deadly new weapon of war. Written by PhatBleek

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Kanteihyôka, 100 karat no kyôki [Japan] See more »


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Rated R for violence, language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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28 February 2003 (USA)  »

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Born 2 Die  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,521,486, 2 March 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$34,604,054, 11 May 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$56,489,558
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Trivia

When filming wrapped up on time and the editing was proceeding at a fast pace, Warner Bros. considered opening the film in late August - a mere three months after it finished shooting. They later opted to release the pic in late Feb the following year. See more »

Goofs

During the alley fight scene with the goons and Fait and Su, the stunt double for DMX's back is shown and you can see that the stunt double is of fair complexion (DMX is a medium-dark complexion black man). This occurs several times during that scene. See more »

Quotes

Fait: You read Chinese?
Archie: No, but I know "cop" in every language.
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Crazy Credits

Archie and Tommy riff on various subjects, including who will star in the movie version of their lives, under the end credits. See more »

Connections

References Sixteen Candles (1984) See more »

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Stompdash**outu
Written by K. Holley, V. Santiago, Tony Pizarro, E. Murray, J. Griannage, E. Randle and J. Shaw
Produced by Tony Pizarro
Performed by C.N.N. featuring M.O.P.
C.N.N. appears courtesy of Thugged Out Entertainment /
Def Jam Records
M.O.P. appears courtesy of Roc-A-Fella Records
Contains samples from "You've Got the Papers (I've Got the Man)"
Performed by Ann Peebles
Courtesy of EMI-Capitol Special Markets and Demon Records
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A reasonably workable action picture is undermined by the inclusion of a stupid little girl and a dedicated daddy motive by DMX.
18 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

What could have been a reasonably acceptable action vehicle for Jet Li became completely annoying thanks to the obligatory (and ridiculously lame) inclusion of what I'd call Hollywood's fascination with "family values" and "kiddie cuteness". An R-rated action picture is no place for cutesy, resourceful brats and there's nothing more bland than an action hero straddled with a family or family members in peril. It all reeks with middle-class political correctness and made the DMX character an unnecessary annoyance. Real villains would have made short work of the kid's ears and gotten a little cooperation from that rapper a lot sooner. This one's pathetically wimpy, even with Jet versus the ultimate fighting boys; not having any gratuitous nudity is unforgivable also, especially when you set the audience up for some!


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