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When an assassin is diagnosed with terminal cancer, she decides to carry out one final killing, assisted by her lover and stepson, Mikey.

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Lee Daniels

Writer:

Will Rokos
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Mikey
Helen Mirren ... Rose
Vanessa Ferlito ... Vicki
Macy Gray ... Neisha
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Dr. Don
Mo'Nique ... Precious
Stephen Dorff ... Clayton Mayfield
Matt Higgins ... Eddie
Tom Pasch Tom Pasch ... Andrew
Ryan Eric Speise Ryan Eric Speise ... Anthony - Age 3
Cullen Clancy Cullen Clancy ... Anthony - age 7
Marilyn Yoblick ... Real Estate Agent
Darnell Williams Darnell Williams ... Mikey's Father
Marvina Vinique Marvina Vinique ... Mikey's Mother (as Marvina Vinque)
John Panzarella John Panzarella ... Man in Hotel (as Johnny Panzarella)
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Storyline

Mikey and Rose are professional assassins. They are also lovers, and once upon a time Rose also knew Mikey's father. During an elaborate hit job for a malicious gangster, Rose fails to kill the main target, the gangster's pregnant girlfriend. Instead, she delivers her baby and convinces Mikey to help her protect them both. As Rose weakens from cancer, Mikey becomes breadwinner for this unusual family. But tranquility will not last. Written by Peter Brandt Nielsen

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Feeling Protected Is Very Seductive


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 July 2006 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Contract See more »

Filming Locations:

Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$103,238, 23 July 2006

Gross USA:

$370,627
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ryan Phillippe was originally cast in the role of Mickey, but had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict. See more »

Goofs

When Dr. Don examines the bodyguard, the bullet hole is straight down through his foot. However, that would be impossible from the distance Clayton shot him. See more »

Quotes

[after shooting two people]
Clayton: Eddie, what'd I tell you about talking when I'm fucking, huh?
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Crazy Credits

In Memory of My Uncle Reggie (1942-2005) See more »

Connections

Referenced in Howard Stern on Demand: Cuba Gooding Jr. (2006) See more »

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Performed by Macy Gray (with special thanks from Lee Daniels)
Written by Macy Gray, Mike Elizondo & Keefus Ciancia
Published by Zomba Songs Inc. o/b/o itself and Happy Mel Boppy's Cocktail Lounge & Music (BMI),
Elvis Mambo Music (ASCAP)
All rights on behalf of Elvis Mambo Music and Blotter Music administered by Music of Windswept and Raven Violet Music (BMI)
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Breaks some rules alright
8 October 2007 | by kosmaspSee all my reviews

As another reviewer stated, this movie does break rules. But is that enough? And through all the rule-breaking, there still is a core/central storyline that does seem familiar, to say the least. OK so some people will/might be offended by the sexual nature of the movie and or maybe by the violence. Although the latter isn't quite as brutal as some other movie efforts, you might have seen. Why is this special then compared to those movies? The cast plays into that. Who would've imagined, Cuba Gooding Jr., Stephen Dorff and Helen Mirren (although only the latter is a real surprise here). A nice little movie, but apart from the obvious scenes that try to provoke a reaction (especially in America and the moral standards, that are implied by some), this isn't really a movie that I would call a classic! I thought it was OK, but it won't shake up your world ...


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