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Collateral (2004)



Critic Consensus: Driven by director Michael Mann's trademark visuals and a lean, villainous performance from Tom Cruise, Collateral is a stylish and compelling noir thriller.

Movie Info

A taxi driver is unexpectedly taken on the ride of his life in this stylish thriller from acclaimed director Michael Mann. Max (Jamie Foxx) is a cab driver who hopes to some day open his own limo company; one night behind the wheel begins promisingly when he picks up Annie (Jada Pinkett Smith), an attorney working with the federal government who is attractive, friendly, and gives him her business card after paying her fare. Max thinks his luck is getting even better when his next fare, Vincent (Tom Cruise), offers him several hundred dollars in cash if he'll be willing to drop him off, wait, and pick him up at five different spots over the course of the evening. Max agrees, but he soon realizes Vincent isn't just another guy with errands to run -- Vincent is an assassin who has been paid to murder five people who could put the leaders of a powerful drug trafficking ring behind bars in an upcoming trial. As circumstances force Max to do Vincent's bidding, the cabbie has to find a way to prevent Vincent from killing again and save his own skin, a task that becomes especially crucial when he discovers Annie is one of the names on Vincent's hit list. Collateral also stars Mark Ruffalo, Peter Berg, and Bruce McGill as police detectives hot on Vincent's trail. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: R (for violence and language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Stuart Beattie
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 14, 2004
Box Office: $100.0M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


Tom Cruise
as Vincent
Jamie Foxx
as Max Durocher
Mark Ruffalo
as Fanning
Peter Berg
as Richard Weidner
Bruce McGill
as Pendrosa
Irma P. Hall
as Ida Duricher
Bodhi Elfman
as Young Professional M...
Debi Mazar
as Young Professional W...
Richard T. Jones
as Traffic Cop No.1
Jamie McBride
as Traffic Cop No. 2
Siba Eastman
as Rabeca Violin
Jeffrey Hwang
as Korean Vocal
Ken Ver Cammen
as FBI Agent
Craig Eastman
as Rabeca Violin
Michael A. Bentt
as Fever Bouncer
Ian Hannin
as Cell Phone Partier
David Mersault
as Crime Scene Cop
Anthony Ochoa
as Crime Scene Cop
Klea Scott
as Federal Agent No.1
Wade Williams
as Federal Agent No.2
Paul Adelstein
as Federal Agent No.3
Omar Orozco
as El Rodeo Doorman
Edgar Sanchez
as El Rodeo Doorman
Cosme Urquiola
as El Rodeo Doorman
Jessica Ferrarone
as Female Criminologist
Troy Blendell
as Morgue Attendant
as Peter Yip
Howard Bachrach
as Pissed-Off Driver
Chic Daniel
as Plainclothes Cop
Rodney Sandberg
as White Guy
George Petrina
as White Guy
Elliott Newman
as Jazz Musician
Trevor Ware
as Jazz Musician
Bobby English
as Jazz Musician
Auggie Cavanagh
as Jazz Musician
Ronald Muldrow
as Jazz Musician
Peter McKernan Jr.
as Police Helicopter Pi...
Ivor Shier
as News Helicopter Pilo...
Daniel Lujan
as Rubio No.1
Eddie Diaz
as Rubio No.2
Joey Burns
as El Rodeo Band Member
John Convertino
as El Rodeo Band Member
Josh Cruze
as El Rodeo Band Member
Martín Flores
as El Rodeo Band Member
Rick Garcia
as El Rodeo Band Member
Lawrence Goldman
as El Rodeo Band Member
Maurilio Pineda
as El Rodeo Band Member
Daniel Sistos
as El Rodeo Band Member
Jacob Valenzuela
as El Rodeo Band Member
Luis Villegas
as El Rodeo Band Member
Yussi Wenger
as El Rodeo Band Member
Jason Statham
as Airport Man
Angelo Tiffe
as Sylvester Clarke
Ron Eckert
as Hotel Security Desk ...
Ismael Vidrio
as Gas Station Attendan...
Manuel Urrego
as Direction-Asking Bus...
Luis Moncada
as Cold-Eyed Killer
Dyna Teal
as Sylvester Clarke Gir...
Sandi Schroeder
as Sylvester Clarke Gir...
Michael-John Wolfe
as Hotel Clerk
Addie Yungmee
as Fever Dancer
J.D. McElroy
as Fever Dancer
Megan Hiratzka
as Fever Dancer
Kate Gopaoco
as Young Girl
Christy Yi
as Young Girl
Wing Wong Wilson Kam
as Tactical Sergeant
Brandon Molale
as Limo Driver
Marianne M. Arreaga
as Police Helicopter Co...
Spike Silver
as Police Helicopter Co...
Ben Mihm
as News Helicopter Co-P...
Niles Roth
as Helicopter Pilot
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News & Interviews for Collateral

Critic Reviews for Collateral

All Critics (238) | Top Critics (48)

I loved it.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A visually striking film from the unhinged, endlessly creative mind of Michael Mann.

Full Review… | May 17, 2015

The year's best action thriller with excellent performances from its two leads and Mann's brilliant direction making something as pedestrian as a taxi ride a pulse-pounding thrill ride.

Full Review… | April 18, 2013
Lyles' Movie Files

Powerful but violent thriller -- not for kids.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
Common Sense Media

Mann takes a predictably clichéd, far-fetched crime yarn and transforms it into a fascinating thriller.

Full Review… | April 5, 2010
Movie Metropolis

If anyone is ever to mount an argument for the superiority of video over film, this movie would of necessity be very near to the center of that argument.

Full Review… | June 30, 2009
Antagony & Ecstasy

Audience Reviews for Collateral


Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer


A captivating, accelerative, albeit glossily cliched ride through LA after dark. Shout-out to the horrible soundtrack and the awfully boring side characters.

Kevin Cookman
Kevin Cookman

Super Reviewer

I'm definitely not comfortable seeing Tom Cruise in negative character but he was good.

Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

Collateral Quotes

Vincent: Everybody want heaven--nobody want dead!
– Submitted by Jesse K (3 years ago)
Vincent: Hey homie, is that my briefcase?
– Submitted by Brendan C (3 years ago)
Vincent: Tell him he's an asshole.
Max: You're an asshole.
– Submitted by Brendan C (3 years ago)
Vincent: She carried you on her womb for 9 months.
– Submitted by Bryan O (3 years ago)

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