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Lucky Number Slevin (2006)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  7 April 2006 (USA)
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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Rabbi (as Sir Ben Kingsley)
Michael Rubenfeld ...
Daniel Kash ...
Bodyguard #1
Dmitry Chepovetsky ...
Bodyguard #2


In an airport waiting room, a man in a wheelchair tells a stranger a story about a fixed horse race in 1979 that resulted in a family's deaths. In Manhattan, two bookies and the son of a Mob boss die. A young man just out of the shower answers the door to a neighbor woman and explains that he's visiting, has had a bad week, including being mugged, and doesn't know where his pal, who lives there, is. The neighbor is chatty; she's a coroner. Two thugs arrive and, believing the visitor to be the guy who lives there, take him to see the boss with the dead son, who tells him to kill the son of his Mob rival. Mistaken identity? What connects the threads? Cops are watching. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 April 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lucky # Slevin  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£1,074,550 (UK) (24 February 2006)


$871,360 (Australia) (17 November 2006)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the audio commentary, 'Josh Hartnett' expressed interested in doing a sequel with 'Lucy Liu'. See more »


When Lindsay leaves Slevin (after their initial meeting) carrying a glass cup containing sugar, the cup is only 1/4 filled. When she (immediately) returns, to see if he has, again, removed his towel, the cup is about 2/3 filled. See more »


[first lines]
Soldier: He's clean.
Benny Begin: So, why are you here? Hm?
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References House of Sand and Fog (2003) See more »


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" Danger can arise from any Bad Dog, but mostly from the one you created "
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Our story began in the mind of writer Jason Smilovic and later directed well in the movie called " Lucky Number Slevin " by Paul McGuigan. It relates the story apparently initiated through mistaken identity. A traveler visiting a friend accepts an invitation to stay at an apartment in another city. Once there however, he meets Lindsey (Lucy Liu) a sexy next door neighbor, is slugged and mugged in broad daylight just before he is kidnapped and threatened with death if he doesn't pay a great debt and do a favor for The 'Boss', a local Godfather (Morgan Freeman). However, he also realizes, in order to fulfill the command, he must kill a total stranger for 'The Rabbi' a rival Godfather (Ben Kingsley). The reason for the duel threat dates back some twenty years and involves a professional Hit-man named Mr. Goodkat (Bruce Willis). The film is briefly confusing and further muddled if the audience doesn't pay close attention to the interesting players. Although a serious feature, the inclusion of dark comedy makes for a black situation which is flavored with fast action and hard hitting excitement. Josh Hartnett, plays Slevin Kelevra and holds his own against the heavyweight stars of the movie. All in all, an unexpected and wonderful movie recommended for the thinking audience. The result, . . . a Classic in the making. ****

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