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Lucky Number Slevin (2006)

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Crime, Drama, Mystery |

Lucky Number Slevin is a crime thriller film directed by Paul McGuigan, written by Jason Smilovic, and starring Josh Hartnett, Bruce Willis, Lucy Liu, Stanley Tucci, Morgan Freeman, and Ben Kingsley.

Set in New York City, the plot focuses on the paths of Slevin Kelevra (Hartnett), Lindsey (Liu), two feuding crime lords known as The Boss (Freeman) and The Rabbi (Kingsley), and a mysterious hitman known as Mr. Goodkat (Willis).

It was the first Weinstein Company film to be distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

A case of mistaken identity lands Slevin into the middle of a war being plotted by two of the city’s most rival crime bosses: The Rabbi and The Boss. Slevin is under constant surveillance by relentless Detective Brikowski as well as the infamous assassin Goodkat and finds himself having to hatch his own ingenious plot to get them before they get him.

Two bookies are separately ambushed and murdered by their unseen killers; elsewhere, a young man is killed by a sniper. In a bus terminal, a young man is approached by Goodkat, who tells the story of Max and the Kansas City Shuffle: two decades earlier, Max borrowed money from the mob to bet on a fixed horse race, only for the horse to die mid-race. To set an example to make sure nobody else would try to bet on a fixed race, the mob killed Max, his wife and young son Henry. Goodkat describes the “Kansas City Shuffle”, a misleading double bluff, then tricks and kills the young man, taking the body in a truck.

Director: Paul McGuigan

Writer: Jason Smilovic

Stars: Josh Hartnett, Bruce Willis, Lucy Liu, Morgan Freeman, Ben Kingsley, Michael Rubenfeld, Peter Outerbridge

Cast:

Josh HartnettSlevin Kelevra
Bruce WillisMr. Goodkat
Lucy LiuLindsey
Morgan FreemanThe Boss
Ben KingsleyThe Rabbi (as Sir Ben Kingsley)
Michael RubenfeldYitzchok
Peter OuterbridgeDumbrowski
Stanley TucciBrikowski
Kevin ChamberlinMarty
Dorian MissickElvis
Mykelti WilliamsonSloe
Scott GibsonMax
Daniel KashBodyguard #1
Dmitry ChepovetskyBodyguard #2
Sam JaegerNick Fisher
Danny AielloRoth
Oliver DavisHenry
Corey StollSaul
Howard JeromeAbe
J.D. JacksonMugger (as JD Jackson)
Jennifer MillerSlevin’s Girlfriend
Sebastien RobertsThe Guy
Robert ForsterMurphy
Shira LeighHottie
Janet LaneBlondie
Nicholas RiceDoc
Bernard KayMorty
Sam StoneOld Waiter
Darren MarsmanSlim Hopkins
Gerry MendicinoBenny Begin
Diego KlattenhoffGinger
Rick BramucciSoldier
Rami PosnerThe Mute
Steve LucescuLarge Thuggish Man
Victoria BarkoffAbe’s Wife
Victoria FodorHelen
Kwasi SonguiHenchman
Barbara Barnes-HopkinsBrown Sugar (as Barbara Barnes Hopkins)
Alvin PowellTree
Judy SinclairMrs. Johnston
David WajcmanDesk Clerk
Sacha SojicYitzchok’s Lover
Bobby BrownElevator Man
Frank SaliveRace Announcer (voice) (as Frank Salibe)
Pascal AnctilBusiness Man (uncredited)
Sandrine DugasMary (uncredited)
Matthew G. TaylorFeatured (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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