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Red Eye (2005)

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Red Eye is a American action thriller film directed by Wes Craven and written by Carl Ellsworth based on a story by Ellsworth and Dan Foos. The film follows a hotel manager ensnared in an assassination plot by a terrorist while aboard a red-eye flight to Miami. The film score was composed and conducted by Marco Beltrami. It was distributed by DreamWorks Pictures and was released on August 19, 2005. The film received positive reviews from critics and fans of Craven’s work and was a box office success. An extended version of the film, which added previously unused footage to increase the running time, was broadcast on the ABC network several times.

Hotel manager Lisa Reisert (Rachel McAdams) arrives at Dallas Love Field to take a red-eye flight back to Miami, Florida. She meets a handsome young man named Jackson Rippner (Cillian Murphy), also traveling to Miami. While waiting to board, they share a drink at the airport bar and engage in small talk.

Lisa is surprised to find that Jackson is seated beside her. After takeoff, Jackson’s charming demeanor quickly turns sinister as he informs Lisa that he works for a domestic terrorist organization planning to assassinate Charles Keefe (Jack Scalia), the current United States Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security. Lisa’s managerial position at the Lux Atlantic Hotel in Miami, where Keefe and his family are staying, is crucial to their plot. As Acting Manager, Lisa must make a call from the in-flight phone to order the Keefe family be moved to a targeted room where a missile launched from a boat in the harbor will strike. Her non-compliance will result in Jackson’s hitman accomplice killing Lisa’s father, Joe (Brian Cox).

Director: Wes Craven

Writers: Carl Ellsworth (screenplay & story), Dan Foos (story)

Stars: Rachel McAdams, Cillian Murphy, Brian Cox, Laura Johnson, Max Kasch, Jayma Mays, Angela Paton


Rachel McAdamsLisa Reisert
Cillian MurphyJackson Rippner
Brian CoxJoe Reisert
Laura JohnsonBlonde Woman
Max KaschHeadphone Kid
Jayma MaysCynthia
Angela PatonNice Lady
Suzie PlaksonSenior Flight Attendant
Jack ScaliaCharles Keefe
Terry PressMarianne Taylor (as Teresa Press-Marx)
Robert PineBob Taylor
Carl GilliardTaxi Driver
Mary Kathleen GordonAirline Representative (as Mary-Kathleen Gordon)
Loren LesterIrate Passenger
Philip PavelDallas Ticket Agent
Amber MeadDallas Ticket Agent
Dey YoungDallas Gate Agent
Brittany OaksRebecca
Tina AndersonRebecca’s Mom
Jeanine JacksonPassenger with Iced Mocha
Joey NaderTex-Mex Bartender
Kyle GallnerHeadphone Kid’s Brother
Dilva HenryNewscaster
Monica McSwainJunior Flight Attendant
Tom ElkinsPilot
Amanda YoungFlight Attendant
Dane FarwellHit Man at Dad’s House
Jennie BaekKeefe’s Assistant
Colby DonaldsonKeefe’s Head Bodyguard
Beth ToussaintLydia Keefe (as Beth Toussaint Coleman)
Adam GobbleKeefe’s Son
Megan CrawfordKeefe’s Daughter
C.C. TaylorKeefe’s Bodyguard
Scott LevaKeefe’s Bodyguard
Marc MacaulayCoast Guard Officer
Skip CrankMan on Fishing Boat
Mark CotoneMan on Fishing Boat
Jim LemleyMan on Fishing Boat
Martin TreesMale Flight Attendant
Noelle DrakeCoffee Shop Girl
Jenny WadeCoffee Shop Girl
Paul AldanéeBodyguard (uncredited)
Terrence BakerAirline Passenger (uncredited)
Lance BaldingCoast Guard Officer (uncredited)
Jason BartleyAirport Security (uncredited)
David BedellFisherman-Terrorist (uncredited)
Chris BenderAirline Passenger (uncredited)
John Eric BrownAirport visitor (uncredited)
Guy ChapmanAirline Passenger (uncredited)
Florence ChungAirline Passenger (uncredited)
Adam D. CohenPassenger / Noodle Boy (uncredited)
Wes CravenAirline Passenger (uncredited)
Patricio DorenPassenger (uncredited)
Nathan EffronAirline Passenger & Singer At End of DVD Gag Reel (uncredited)
Carl EllsworthAirline Passenger (uncredited)
Rand GambleTraveler (uncredited)
Dava HulseyAirline Attendant (uncredited)
Paulina HunterTicket Agent (uncredited)
John Paul ‘J.P.’ JonesMan on Fishing Boat (uncredited)
William LukeAirport Security (uncredited)
Rod LundgrenAirline Passenger (uncredited)
Marianne MaddalenaFlight Passenger (uncredited)
Mason NovickFlight Passenger (uncredited)
John T. O’BrienFirst-Class Passenger (uncredited)
Anthony W. PrestonPassenger (uncredited)
Carmen Gloria PérezAirline Passenger (uncredited)
Elena RosaAirline Passenger (uncredited)
Angela SchnaibleFlight Attendant (uncredited)
Sylvan ShenTraveler (uncredited)
Keith E. SmithBusiness Passenger (uncredited)
Daniel SogamosoAirline Passenger (uncredited)
Jimmy StarAirline Passenger (uncredited)
Liam TuohyAirline Passenger (uncredited)
Sheila WaldronNews Presenter / Woman on Fishing Boat (uncredited)
Molly WeinerAirline Passenger (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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