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Parker

January 25th 2013
  • Action/Thriller,
  • R,
  • 118 min,
  • FilmDistrict
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  • Cast: Jason Statham, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Nolte, Michael Chiklis, Clifton Collins Jr., Wendell Pierce, Kirk Baltz, Patti LuPone, Daniel Bernhardt, Emma Booth, Carlos Carrasco, Billy Slaughter, Glen Warner, Lawrence Turner, Michelle Torres, Derek Cecil, Alyshia Ochse, Micah A. Hauptman, Elton LeBlanc, Kip Gilman, James Carraway, Charleigh Harmon, Christopher Berry, Randi Lee Krasny, Haylie Creppel, Tom Bubrig, Brian Oerly
  • Director: Taylor Hackford
  • Writers: John J. McLaughlin, Donald E. Westlake
  • Producers: Les Alexander, Steve Chasman, Taylor Hackford, Sidney Kimmel, Jonathan Mitchell
  • Associate Producers: Tami Gunby, Miles Tanter
  • Executive Producers: Stratton Leopold, Brad Luff
  • Art Direction: Mara LePere-Schloop
  • Casting: Nancy Klopper
  • Costume Design: Melissa Bruning
  • D.O.P.: J. Michael Muro
  • Makeups: Donna Camposecco, Steph Gimson, Jenna Marie Streitenfeld
  • Music: David Buckley
  • Production Design: Missy Stewart
  • Set Decoration: Maria Nay

Storyline

Set amidst the unparalleled wealth and glamor of Palm Beach, Jason Statham and Jennifer Lopez team up to get their cut in the crime thriller PARKER based on the series of bestselling novels by Donald E. Westlake. Parker is a professional thief who refuses either to steal from people who can't afford the loss or hurt those who are innocent. On his latest heist, his crew double-crosses him, stealing his cash and then leaving him for dead. Parker sets out to get his revenge, tracking them down in Palm Beach where they are planning a heist to end all heists. Parker takes on a disguise and a savvy partner, Leslie. Together they come up with a plan to foil the heist and get away without a hitch.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Florida, USA; New Orleans, USA; Ohio, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Strong violence, language throughout and brief sexual content/nudity
  • Production Budget: $30 million
  • Production Companies: Incentive Filmed Entertainment, Sierra / Affinity, Alexander/ Mitchell Productions, Current Entertainment, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Anvil Films
  • Production Schedule: 1 August 2011 - 30 September 2011

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Trivia

2013 Guide Analysis: "One of the world's most prodigious novelists of the crime/comic caper genre, Donald E. Westlake penned over a hundred novels in his time under all sorts of pseudonyms like Richard Stark and Alan Marshall. Arguably his most famous character creation however was Parker, a career criminal with basically no redeeming qualities.

As such he's a popular character to translate to the big screen with Lee Marvin ("Point Blank"), Chow Yun-Fat ("Full Contact") and Mel Gibson ("Payback") all playing variations of the character based on the first novel in the series "The Hunter". Now comes Jason Statham's turn in the role for this $30 million caper movie which boasts a stronger supporting talent than the other half dozen action features he seems to star in each year.

Much like Guy Ritchie's "Sherlock Holmes" and Steven Spielberg's "The Adventures of Tintin", the film is an original story blending elements from several Parker-centered novels rather than directly adapting one. In this, Parker turns down a job offer to pull off a jewel heist and narrowly escapes with his life. He ends up teaming with a female real estate agent to find the target of the heist so they can steal the loot for themselves.

With a script by "Black Swan" scribe John J. McLaughlin, and filmmaker Taylor Hackford ("Ray," "Devil's Advocate," "Proof of Life") helming, there was hope we might see a more faithful translation of this fascinating and repelling character. The Parker of the books, especially the earlier ones, is a ruthlessly amoral violent thug who has no problem killing innocents and is anything but the stereotype of the charming and witty thief that usually leads caper movies.

The trailer for this film unfortunately comes off as essentially a random episode of "Burn Notice" but without the fun supporting characters or dialogue. Aside from a brief bit where he dons a horrendous Texan accent, Statham's Parker seems to offer little that's different to all his other characters. As such, it's hard to see anything in this that will draw in anyone but those who worship their bald cinematic god."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 23 January 2013: Philippines
  • 25 January 2013: Turkey
  • 31 January 2013: Portugal, Russia
  • 1 February 2013: Bulgaria, Estonia
  • 7 February 2013: Germany, Netherlands
  • 8 February 2013: India
  • 9 February 2013: Japan
  • 14 February 2013: Singapore
  • 15 February 2013: Norway
  • 22 February 2013: Finland, Norway
  • 28 February 2013: Denmark, Hungary
  • 1 March 2013: Romania
  • 8 March 2013: Ireland, Spain, UK
  • 14 March 2013: Argentina, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand
  • 22 March 2013: Brazil
  • 17 April 2013: Belgium, France
  • 25 April 2013: Greece
  • 5 June 2013: Sweden