Law Abiding Citizen

October 16th 2009
  • Suspense/Thriller,
  • R,
  • 108 min,
  • Overture Films
  • Cast: Jamie Foxx, Gerard Butler, Colm Meaney, Bruce McGill, Leslie Bibb, Michael Irby, Gregory Itzin, Regina Hall, Emerald-Angel Young, Christian Stolte, Annie Corley, Richard Portnow, Viola Davis, Michael Kelly, Josh Stewart, Roger Bart, Dan Bittner, Evan Hart, Reno Laquintano, Richard Barlow, Greg Young, Charlie Edward Alston
  • Director: F. Gary Gray
  • Writer: Kurt Wimmer
  • Producers: Gerard Butler, Lucas Foster, Mark Gill, Robert Katz, Alan Siegel, Kurt Wimmer
  • Co Producers: Ian Watermeier, Jeff G. Waxman
  • Associate Producer: Dave Gare
  • Executive Producers: Michael Goguen, Neil Sacker
  • Art Direction: Jesse Rosenthal
  • Castings: Deanna Brigidi, Diane Heery, Jason Loftus, Joseph Middleton
  • Costume Design: Jeffrey Kurland
  • D.O.P.: Jonathan Sela
  • Editor: Tariq Anwar
  • Makeup: Adrienne Bearden
  • Music: Brian Tyler
  • Production Design: Alex Hajdu
  • Set Decoration: Chryss Hionis


Clyde Shelton (Gerard Butler) is an upstanding family man whose wife and daughter are brutally murdered during a home invasion. When the killers are caught, Nick Rice (Jamie Foxx), a hotshot young Philadelphia prosecutor, is assigned to the case. Over his objections, Nick is forced by his boss to offer one of the suspects a light sentence in exchange for testifying against his accomplice.

Fast forward ten years. The man who got away with murder is found dead and Clyde Shelton coolly admits his guilt. Then he issues a warning to Nick: Either fix the flawed justice system that failed his family, or key players in the trial will die.

Soon Shelton follows through on his threats, orchestrating from his jail cell a string of spectacularly diabolical assassinations that can be neither predicted nor prevented. Philadelphia is gripped with fear as Shelton's high-profile targets are slain one after another and the authorities are powerless to halt his reign of terror. Only Nick can stop the killing, and to do so he must outwit this brilliant sociopath in a harrowing contest of wills in which even the smallest misstep means death. With his own family now in Shelton's crosshairs, Nick finds himself in a desperate race against time facing a deadly adversary who seems always to be one step ahead.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Philadelphia, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Strong bloody brutal violence and torture, a scene of rape, and pervasive language
  • Production Budget: $40 million
  • Production Companies: The Film Department
  • Production Schedule: 21 January 2009 - April 2009

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At one point Frank Darabont was attached to direct.

Catherine Zeta-Jones was attached to the project in early development.

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 29 October 2009: Greece
  • 5 November 2009: Russia
  • 6 November 2009: Brazil, Denmark
  • 19 November 2009: Czech Republic, Germany
  • 27 November 2009: UK
  • 4 December 2009: Romania
  • 10 December 2009: Netherlands
  • 11 December 2009: Finland
  • 28 January 2010: Australia