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Encyclopedia > Firewall (film)
Firewall
Directed by Richard Loncraine
Produced by Armyam Bernstein
Basil Iwanyk
Written by Joe Forte
Starring Harrison Ford
Paul Bettany
Virginia Madsen
Mary Lynn Rajskub
Robert Patrick
with Robert Forster
and Alan Arkin
Music by Alexandre Desplat
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) February 10, 2006
Running time 100 minutes
Language English
IMDb profile

Firewall is a 2006 American action/thriller film directed by Richard Loncraine and written by Joe Forte. Harrison Ford stars as Jack Stanfield, a security expert at a bank faced with a corporate merger and the offer of a new job. Yet the stranger with a job offer is playing a much more sinister game. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (511x755, 67 KB)impawards. ... Richard Loncraine Richard Loncraine is a director of movies and TV. He also invented the chrome version of the popular desk item Newtons cradle. ... Joseph Xavier Joe Forte (born May 23, 1981 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American professional basketball player currently playing in Greece for Apollon Patras. ... Harrison Ford (born July 13, 1942) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Virginia Madsen (born September 11, 1961) is an American actress. ... Mary Lynn Rajskub Mary Lynn Rajskub (pronounced RICE-cub or in IPA: ) (b. ... Robert Patrick (born November 5, 1958) is a Saturn Award-winning American film and television actor. ... Robert Forster (born July 13, 1941) is an American actor. ... Alan Wolf Arkin (born March 26, 1934) is an Academy Award-winning American actor and director. ... Alexandre Desplat is a film composer, he most recently scored the music for the movie Firewall, a primarily digital, synthesized soundtrack. ... Warner Bros. ... February 10 is the 41st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... The thriller is a broad genre of literature, film, and television. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Richard Loncraine Richard Loncraine is a director of movies and TV. He also invented the chrome version of the popular desk item Newtons cradle. ... Joseph Xavier Joe Forte (born May 23, 1981 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American professional basketball player currently playing in Greece for Apollon Patras. ... Harrison Ford (born July 13, 1942) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor. ...

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Plot

The film opens with Jack Stanfield (Ford) leaving his happy, normal wife (Beth), two children, and a beautiful house to go fulfill his duties as Vice President of Security at Landrock Pacific Bank in downtown Seattle (actually is shot in downtown Vancouver, BC as was most of the film). The day goes smoothly until Jack is visited by a collection agency, claiming that he has $95,000 in debts to their online gambling site. He trusts a fellow colleague to take care of it (as he is convinced of some form of identity theft) and goes out for dinner with colleague Harry and potential employer, Bill Cox. After the meal, Harry leaves in a taxi and Jack gets in his car. Unexpectedly, Cox follows him into the back seat. Cox then goes on to tell Jack that his family is being held hostage at their home to ensure Jack's cooperation. He then points a gun to Jack's head and forces him to drive home. City nickname Emerald City City bird Great Blue Heron City flower Dahlia City mottos The City of Flowers The City of Goodwill City song Seattle, the Peerless City Mayor Greg Nickels County King County Area   - Total   - Land   - Water   - % water 369. ... Vancouver (pronounced: ) is a city in south-western British Columbia, Canada. ... Online gambling is a general term for gambling using the Internet. ...


Upon their arrival, Jack sees that, although his family is unharmed, they are under heavy watch by Cox's henchmen. Jack is not told what to do until the next morning, when he is told that he must give Cox $10,000 each from the bank's 10,000 largest depositors ($100 million total). He is outfitted with audio and video devices in the form of a pen and a body microphone, making any intentions to resist useless.


Once at work, Cox makes a surprise visit so that Jack can give him a tour of the facilities and security system. On the way back home, Jack attempts to bribe a henchman into betraying Cox, yet this only results in Cox killing the man. The Stanfields attempt an escape, but the plan barely fails. In retaliation, Cox causes Jack's son to have an allergic reaction and withholds the antidote until Jack acquiesces to their plan.

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The next day, Cox forces Jack to fire his secretary Janet Stone fearing she is growing suspicious. Jack downloads the files for the $100 million onto his daughter Sarah's iPod mini hard drive and then initiates a wire transfer to send the money to Cox's offshore accounts. Cox then sets about wiping his tracks clean, deleting security data and surveillance tapes setting Jack up to frame him for embezzlement. Returning home, Jack finds the house empty except for Liam, one of Cox's men. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (800x900, 79 KB) Summary Landrock Pacific Bank Logo from the Movie Firewall starring Harrison Ford. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (800x900, 79 KB) Summary Landrock Pacific Bank Logo from the Movie Firewall starring Harrison Ford. ... The iPod mini is a smaller version of Apple Inc. ... For other uses, see Security (disambiguation). ...


Realizing his time is almost up, Jack beats Liam with a blender. After three blows, Liam is killed. He then tries to call Harry using the unmonitored cell phone but cannot reach his friend. So he sneaks into Harry's apartment to wait for his friend's return. Both Cox and Harry enter. Cox suddenly shoots Harry from behind, using the gun he had earlier confiscated from Jack. Because of this, along with a message planted on Harry's answering machine earlier by Beth as she is held at gunpoint, it appears that Jack killed Harry in a jealous rage over Beth.


Jack runs to the only ally he has left: his fired secretary Janet. He asks her for help, and she provides him with transportation to a local branch of the bank he works at. There, he finds Cox's account and calls him. Jack tells him that there’s been a change of plans and that he is taking the money back. Cox attempts to kill Beth unless Jack puts the money back, but it is a futile threat. He informs Cox that he will get his money back when Jack gets his family back. Jack tells Cox that he will call him when the banks open to make the exchange before hanging up on him. During the conversation, Jack hears the family dog in the background, and realizes that the family can be located and followed by the GPS tracking unit in the dog's collar. This leads him and Janet to an abandoned house. When Cox shoots one of his own henchman and another chases after Sarah, Jack rams into that henchman and kills him. After confronting Cox, Jack forces him to a final showdown. Jack finally gains the upper hand, defeats the cold-blooded bank robber with a pickaxe and wins his family's freedom. A GPS tracking unit is a device that uses the Global Positioning System to determine the precise location of a vehicle, person, or other asset to which it is attached and to record the position of the asset at regular intervals. ...

Spoilers end here.

Box Office

Filmed for $60 million, it grossed $82,751,189 worldwide, including $48,751,189 in the United States and $34,000,000 in foreign grosses. [1]


Cast

Harrison Ford (born July 13, 1942) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Virginia Madsen (born September 11, 1961) is an American actress. ... Mary Lynn Rajskub Mary Lynn Rajskub (pronounced RICE-cub or in IPA: ) (b. ... James Bennett (born February 9, 1996) is an American child actor. ... Carly Jayne Schroeder (born October 18, 1990) is an American actress. ... Robert Patrick (born November 5, 1958) is a Saturn Award-winning American film and television actor. ... Kett Turton, aka Birkett Turton (b. ... Vince Vieluf (born November 10, 1970 in Joliet, Illinois) is an American actor starring in such movies as an An American Werewolf in London, Rat Race and Grind. ... Danish actor born on July 27th 1970 He has appeared in the following 9 Danish movies: Nattevagten (1994) Nattens engel (1998) Vildspor (1998) Antenneforeningen (1999) Misery Habour (1999) På fremmed mark (2000) Manden bag døren (2003) Rembrandt (2003) Den gode strømer (2004) Has also had played subordinate parts... Alan Wolf Arkin (born March 26, 1934) is an Academy Award-winning American actor and director. ... Robert Forster (born July 13, 1941) is an American actor. ...

Trivia

  • The film was originally called The Wrong Element. It was allegedly changed after actor Kett Turton kept mockingly referring to it as 'The Long Elephant'.[citation needed]
  • Although set in Seattle, the movie was filmed in Vancouver.
  • Richard Loncraine replaced the original director (Mark Pellington) on a recommendation from Paul Bettany, who had already been cast and had starred in Loncraine's film Wimbledon.[citation needed]
  • The scene in a church was filmed at Fraserview M.B. Church
  • The plot is similar to that of Demond Lowden's novel Bellman and True, the film version of which was directed by Firewall 's Richard Loncraine. Lowden's novel was also the basis for the Kim Basinger/Val Kilmer heist movie The Real McCoy.
  • The plot line is similar to a real life robbery (the Securitas depot robbery) that occurred in Southern England on 22 February 2006, twelve days after the movie's release in the USA. The raid was the biggest to date in the history of English crime as armed thieves abducted and threatened the manager (and his family) of a cash storage depot for the Bank of England in order to gain access to over £53 million (approximately US$92.6 million).
  • During one scene, the show on in the background that the kids are watching is an episode of ReBoot. During another scene, an episode of SpongeBob SquarePants ("Squirrel Jokes") is clearly audible. The horror film Ghost Ship also appears twice in the background on TVs.
  • This is Harrison Ford's first movie in almost three years, the last being Hollywood Homicide in 2003. The hiatus between Hollywood Homicide and Firewall was the longest of his career.
  • In one sequence in the film, Harrison Ford's character is driving a car to find his family, but in a brief wide-angle shot you can see his secretary Janet driving the car. This is a flaw that came about because they had already shot the sequence with Janet driving, went back and re-did it, and yet one of the shots taken before the change made it into the final cut.
  • Equifax, one of the most widely known risk management companies in the world and which is in the New York Stock Exchange, was a special consultant for the film's crew.
  • Harrison Ford's character's house is the same one used in Battlestar Galactica for James Callis (Gaius Baltar), both shot in Vancouver, B.C.
  • In 2006, Michael J. Nelson and Kevin Murphy of Mystery Science Theater 3000 fame released a humorous audio commentary for the film on their RiffTrax service.
  • There are numerous hidden references to Dilbert. Ratberts voice is heard on the TV screen early in the film, and when Ford exits the car to bribe the kidnapper with money, Dilberts reflection can be seen on the windscreen. The chef who is cutting the tomato appears to be the Pointy Haired Bosses characters voice actor.

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  Results from FactBites:
 
Firewall (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1336 words)
Firewall is a 2006 American action/thriller film directed by Richard Loncraine and written by Joe Forte.
It was filmed for a comparatively modest budget of $60,000,000.
The film opens with Jack Stanfield (Harrison Ford) leaving his happy, normal wife and two children to go to work at a bank.
Firewall - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (143 words)
Firewall (construction), a physical barrier inside a building or vehicle, designed to limit the spread of fire
Firewall (networking), a logical barrier designed to prevent unauthorized or unwanted communications between sections of a computer network
Firewall (film), a 2006 action film written by Joe Forte, starring Harrison Ford
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