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Unbreakable [2000] (1 disc)

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Director:M. Night Shyamalan
Writer:M. Night Shyamalan
Composer:James Newton Howard
Length:106 minutes
(1 hour 46 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:Drama
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IMDB Rating:7.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:70%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: A man learns something extraordinary about himself after a devastating accident.


Reaction: The idea is intriguing though the pace of the movie is glacial and near painful at times. It took several years, but eventually the story was picked up and continued with two followups that are much more exciting, intriguing, and fun.


Personal Rating: 6/10

Select Cast and Crew
M. Night Shyamalan => Director / Writer / Stadium Drug Dealer
James Newton Howard => Composer
Bruce Willis => David Dunn
Chance Kelly => Orange Suit Man
Charlayne Woodard => Elijah's Mother
James Handy => Priest
John Patrick Amedori => Hostage Boy
John Rusk => Security Dispatcher (as John Morley Rusk)
Michael Kelly => ER Doctor
Robin Wright => Audrey Dunn (as Robin Wright Penn)
Samuel L. Jackson => Elijah Price
Spencer Treat Clark => Joseph Dunn

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • As in comic books, the main characters have their identified color schemes. David's is green and Elijah's is purple. They show up in their clothes, the wallpaper and bed sheets in their houses, Elijah's note to David, and various personal items, among others. Purple also happens to be Samuel L. Jackson's favorite color. He persuaded George Lucas to allow him to have a purple lightsaber in Attack of the Clones.
  • The name Elijah is a Biblical reference. Elijah was prophesied to return to Earth to pave the way for the coming of the Son of David, a savior.
  • The scene at the stadium in which David Dunn brushes past a mother and child and senses child abuse just before he confronts the drug dealer is believed to be Kevin Crumb and his mother from the movie Split (2016).
  • The scene where David's son tries to shoot him to prove he has super powers is reminiscent of an actual incident in which George Reeves was once confronted by a child who threatened to shoot him with a real gun while he was in his Superman costume. Reeves got the boy to put the gun down by convincing him it would ricochet and hurt someone else.
  • At a budget of $75 million, Unbreakable (2000) cost almost 3 times more money to make than both the sequels (Split (2016) and Glass (2019)) combined.
  • Dedicated to [?] Elizabeth Lawrence.
  • Robin Wright and Michael Kelly would go on to have leading roles in [House of Cards (2013)]; And Chance Kelly and [?] Damian Young also appeared on that series in recurring roles.
  • This marks the fourth film to feature Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson. The others were Loaded Weapon 1 (1993), Pulp Fiction (1994), and Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995).
  • Julianne Moore was offered the part of Audrey Dunn but turned it down to work on Hannibal (2001).
  • [?] Marsha Dietlein's scenes as "Claire" were all cut from the film.
  • In the scene where David looks back at the drug dealer, played by M. Night Shyamalan, and catches the character furtively staring back, the movie makes use of the scary shiny glasses trope. This trope is commonly used in Japanese manga and animé to indicate the sinister intentions of a villain.
  • The glass cane that Elijah Price uses was Samuel L. Jackson's idea.
  • The film is shot as a series of long (very long, by Hollywood standards) tracking shots, often with stark shadows or unusual camera angles, to mimic the storyboard flow of a comic book.
  • One of [?] Quentin Tarantino's favorite films.
  • Charlayne Woodard, who plays the mother to Samuel L. Jackson's character, is actually almost a full five years younger than her on-screen son.
  • Writer and Director M. Night Shyamalan always had Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson in mind to play the roles of David Dunn and Elijah Price.
  • The first of the Eastrail 177 trilogy which consists of: Unbreakable (2000) Split (2016) Glass (2019)