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Brick (2005)

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Coming Out at 7 April 2006 in theaters

Action, Crime, Drama

Brick is neo-noir mystery film written and directed by Rian Johnson in his directorial debut, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Brick was distributed by Focus Features, and opened in New York and Los Angeles on April 7, 2006.

The film’s narrative centers on a hardboiled detective story set in a California suburb. Most of the main characters are high school students. The film draws heavily in plot, characterization, and dialogue from hardboiled classics, especially those by Dashiell Hammett. The title refers to a block of heroin, compressed roughly to the size and shape of a brick.

High school student Brendan Frye (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) discovers a note directing him to a pay phone, where he receives a call from his terrified ex-girlfriend Emily Kostich (Emilie de Ravin), begging for help. She mentions a “brick”, “Tug”, and “the Pin” before abruptly hanging up, apparently afraid of a passing black Ford Mustang, from which a distinctively-branded cigarette is thrown.

Unable to locate Emily, Brendan enlists his friend Brain (Matt O’Leary) for help. An encounter with another ex-girlfriend, Kara (Meagan Good), leads him to a party held by flirtatious upper-class girl Laura Dannon (Nora Zehetner) and her boyfriend, Brad Bramish (Brian J. White). Laura points Brendan to Dode (Noah Segan), who arranges a meeting with Emily.

Director: Rian Johnson

Writer: Rian Johnson

Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Nora Zehetner, Lukas Haas, Noah Fleiss, Matt O’Leary, Emilie de Ravin

Cast:

Joseph Gordon-LevittBrendan
Nora ZehetnerLaura
Lukas HaasThe Pin
Noah FleissTugger
Matt O’LearyThe Brain
Emilie de RavinEmily
Noah SeganDode
Richard RoundtreeAssistant V.P. Trueman
Meagan GoodKara
Brian WhiteBrad Bramish
Jonathan CauffBiff
Reedy GibbsPin’s Mom
Lucas BabinBig Stoner
Tracy BitterolfStraggler
Ari WelkomTangles
Cody LightningThe Lug
McJoel HamiltonThe Pin’s Driver

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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