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  • Actors: John Cusack, Morgan Freeman, Jamie Anderson, Alice Krige, Megan Dodds
  • Directors: Bruce Beresford
  • Writers: John Darrouzet, Stephen Katz
  • Producers: Andreas Grosch, Andreas Schmid, Avi Lerner, Boaz Davidson, Danny Dimbort
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Millennium
  • DVD Release Date: 24 July 2007
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000P0I4O4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 276,428 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Contract

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3.2 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Aug. 2013
Format: DVD
The Contract is directed by Bruce Beresford and written by Stephen Katz and John Darrouzet. It stars Morgan Freeman, John Cusack, Jamie Anderson and Alice Krige. Music is by Normand Corbeil and cinematography by Dante Spinotti.

Widower Ray Keene (Cusack) takes his troubled son on a camping trip and ends up trying to bring a well known assassin, Frank Carden (Morgan Freeman), to justice. Not easy since Carden's team are tracking them through the wilderness.

A plodding no thrills wilderness hunt type drama without a sense of purpose or suspense. Pic takes a familiar route with characters tainted by family strife or harbouring good hearts beneath bad exteriors, while the script tosses in mundane exchanges at frequent intervals. Cusack and Freeman are on auto-pilot, though the latter seems to be enjoying himself in a bad boy role, and nobody ever convinces us that this is anything but TV movie standard story telling. Spinotti's photography around a mountainous Bulgaria (standing in for Washington State) is the highlight, and what action there is is handled in decent fashion by the director. Yet as various interesting threads are dangled to end up not being pulled, and the formula of genre is adhered to wholesale, you understand why it went direct to video and why all involved have pushed it out of their minds completely. 4/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY on 15 May 2013
Format: DVD
Major Frank Carden (Morgan Freeman) is the leader of a group of well paid hitmen. His job takes his to Washington state. Through a series of events, his trip is interrupted and rescue attempt is botched.

Ray Keene (John Cusack) is going camping with his son (Jamie Anderson) for a much needed bonding trip. Playing the good Samaritan, Ray gets caught in the middle of the events, finding himself on the run with a handcuffed Morgan being followed by heavily armed bad guys who are being tracked by the good guys...but the bad guys have never seen a John Cusack film and don't know what a school teacher, wanting to bond with his son, is capable of doing.

The acting was good, even if the plot was weak. The film has a twist, but nothing to write home about. Might work for an action flick rental. Not on my keeper shelf.

Parental Guide: Couple of rare F-bombs, no sex, rear nudity (Megan "cute tush" Dodds)
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By tallmanbaby TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 Jan. 2013
Format: DVD
Look at the cast, how can this not be a great film, it has Morgan Freeman and John Cusack, everyone loves them, and Alice Krige and Bill Smitrovich two of the most under-rated actors in the business. And look, it was directed by Bruce Beresford who also did Breaker Morant and Driving Miss Daisy, he must know what he is doing. The plot is about some people caught up in the wilderness in a fight for survival against implacable foes, that worked so well in films like Deadly Pursuit, the River Wild, Nightmare at Bitter Creek.

How could this possibly go wrong?

Hmmm, well the script has to be the most lame ass piece of junk that has ever limped itself across a cinema screen, every single character is a cliche, it ties itself in incredible and implausible knots to avoid falling apart altogether. Why hand your gun to that minor character, oh, so he can get shot by mistake. There are also some seriously duff scenes, the night-time descent down a sheer cliff face would have been quite at home in a 1970s piece of children's tv.

Having got over the howling sense of disappointment and regret this film does at least pass the time, though mainly as you ask yourself 'can it get any worse' or 'could it get any more ridiculous'.

So no, this is not a little known classic, there is a reason it was sitting in the bargain bin, this is the sort of film that would give 'made for tv' a bad name.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Johnentwistlespout VINE VOICE on 1 Dec. 2007
Format: DVD
How much longer will I continue to watch films on the basis of John Cusack starring in them? He's always great to watch, but for every Grosse Point Blank or Being John Malkovich there's a Pushing Tin or Americas Sweethearts...it really is luck of the draw what you end up with.
The Contract firmly falls into the latter camp in that it is basically First Blood meets The Fugitive...but minus the tension and plus a diabolical script. Its not a fun film like ConAir but its watchable because Morgan Freeman and Cusack are great actors, but unfortunately nothing they do makes any sense at all. I am writing this review 10 mins after watching it because I know I will have forgotten everything about it tomorrow morning. Even the makers seem to forget what they're doing by the end, and the whole premise for the film - PE teacher (I kid you not)Cusack performing a citizens arrest on fugitive Freeman - just falls by the wayside like a deflating balloon...which, ironically, is the noise I wanted to make as the credits rolled up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Liam Smith on 28 Feb. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a very understated movie. A mix of action, adventure & intrigue with a great cast. Morgan Freeman rarely makes a mistake in his choices of movies & this is no mistake. It has the bonus of 2 of my favourite female actresses in Alice Krige ( the Borg Queen in Star Trek First Contact) & Megan Dodds (better known now for CSI New York).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By N. Burgess on 15 April 2008
Format: DVD
Professional hitman Morgan Freeman gets caught by police and then escapes during a car crash, but happens to run into John Cusack on a fishing expedition with his son. Morgan warns Cusack to walk away and pretend he saw nothing, but Cusack, much to his son's dismay, decides he's going to take Morgan in and return him to justice. The trouble is a team of Morgan's fellow villains are frantically trying to find Morgan themselves, so Cusack and son have to get Freeman back to civilisation (they're in the middle of a forest), whilst also avoiding Freeman's team.

I don't understand why people think this storyline is so weak as is makes for a compelling and suspenseful film as it turns out Freeman genuinely doesn't want to see Cusack and his son come to harm and wants to escape as much for their benefit as his. There is also a twist to the story when one of Freeman's team double-crosses him.

This is a very original storyline with Freeman playing the likable villain and Cusack trying to simultaneously bring a villain to justice and improve the relationship with his son, as the film progresses a strange bond develops between the three, this film is definitely worth checking out, Cusack and Freeman are excellent.
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