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He Was a Quiet Man [2007] [DVD]

Sascha Knopf , William H. Macy , Frank Cappello    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sascha Knopf, William H. Macy, Christian Slater, David Wells, Elisha Cuthbert
  • Directors: Frank Cappello
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: High Fliers
  • DVD Release Date: 26 May 2008
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001732LFQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,349 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Disgruntled office worker Bob Maconel (Christian Slater) is having another bad day at work. Trapped in his dull cubicle, mostly ignored by his co-workers and bullied by his superiors, Bob daydreams of blowing his office skyscraper sky-high, before ending his own miserable existence. But on this particular day, Bob is transformed from potential killer into accidental hero when another stressed employee beats him to it and opens fire. Unfortunately, going from zero to hero in the blink of an eye has its downside and soon Bob finds himself closer to the edge than ever before.


Sharply Funny...Darkly Witty...Excellent --Empire

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compulsive 5 Dec 2007
Watched on a long haul flight, missed the last two minutes. Now I must buy it. That's an approval in my books. Great movie, credible if scary characters, soundtrack a bit muffled, but that could have been the jets!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but derivative 4 Nov 2008
By Jason Mills VINE VOICE
It's about the oppressed office worker, seething inside. It uses a lot of visual tricks but without developing a distinctive style. Almost everything in it reminded me of other films: "Stalking Laura", "Fight Club", "Falling Down", "Arlington Road", "The Assassination of Richard Nixon", "The Hudsucker Proxy" - it even stole the tumbling rolled-up newspaper from "Blood Simple".

It's interesting enough, occasionally clever and surprising, and doesn't outstay its welcome, but ultimately it has nothing to say that hasn't been said many times before, and better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slater's best in a long while 13 Dec 2007
By Matty
So good to see Christian Slater in a good role again. Frank Capello's film is funny and disturbing in equal measures. Probably not to everyones taste (particularly the ending), but the beauty of He Was A Quiet Man is it's continuous surprises, never following down the route the viewer is used to in a standard Hollywood flick. Great support from Elisha Cuthbert and William H Macy. This is a fine example of a film that didn't set out to tick all the boxes, but instead set out to tell an interesting story.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Curious black comedy 16 Feb 2010
Christian Slater is excellent as the office drone Bob Maconel in this curious black comedy about a man going 'postal' as it has become known. William Macey has fun as his boss and Elisha Cuthbert gives a sensitive performance as the office beauty suddenly crippled by the tragic events of the story. Star of this movie though is Bob's talking goldfish encouraging him to murder all his workmates then feed him. This is a black comedy but not obviously so and there were times when I was about to give up on it when something else would happen that sparked my interest and kept me watching. This film has invoked a lot of discussion on IMDB as to its true meaning so I won't spoil it for you here. Suffice it to say the ending left a lot of viewers wondering. The dvd is presented in full screen format with an adequate audio track.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Surprisingly good drama 22 Jan 2008
Bob Maconel (Christian Slater) is the ultimate outsider; he has no friends and hates everyone, except for his secret crush, Vanessa (Elisha Cuthbert), but she doesn't know he's alive. The only one who talks to him (besides his goldfish) is the office bully who makes his life miserable. A man who is just as crazy as Bob suddenly starts mowing down his co-workers, including the lovely Vanessa, but then Bob takes action.

I loved this movie. It was sad, funny, and unique. Christian Slater is virtually unrecognizable as the meek, middle-aged pencil-pusher whose fantasy life is the only life he has. Kudos to him for taking on a really complex and mature character. Elisha Cuthbert gives a fine performance as the unattainable office beauty who loves life more than she ever could have imagined. The movie goes beyond the typical alienated-man-against-the-world story and is quite really remarkable in its sensitivity and raw emotion. This is an unusual movie and an unforgettable one, and may cause you to look twice at that quiet guy in the corner cubicle. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A looser becomes hero by accident. 8 Jun 2014
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Christian Slater is here giving a character to a man bullied and laught at everyday by his bosses, and overlooked
by every girl in the office where he works. His life is miserable and lonesome, until he one day bring with him
a snubnose revolver to do something about his situation. He`s fed up, but almost by accident he ends up being
hero of the day, and suddenly he get some attention from the women, but can he handle his new position?
He`s even promoted by his cynic boss, very good played by William C. Macy. And his out of reach dreamgirl played by
Elisha Cuthbert, seems suddenly possible to get, since she`s badly hurt, and doomed to a life in a wheelchair after
the shootout that day. Reminds a little of the film "Boxing Helena" but this one is far better and realistic.
This story is mercyless, and right on spot in describing different human minds.
A film worth to collect, and to watch again now and then.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Cover 17 Sep 2013
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Buying for the cover on the box. The disc thrown. Russian audio on it is not. And it is difficult to sell. very cheap
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 30 Jun 2013
By booze36
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again slater gives a performance of quality a man on the edge,with super twists and good story its worth a view.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Christian Slater as you've never seen him before!
One of those films that you don't really like but can't seem to turn off! Christian Slater is an office geek who hates where he works and also hates his colleauges. Read more
Published on 8 Sep 2010 by Michelle Harvey
3.0 out of 5 stars Quirky, surreal and dark comedy drama.
Bob Maconel is a lonely and unhappy man. Working as an office clerk for the nondescript ADD Corporation, he is often abused, ridiculed and humiliated by his colleagues and... Read more
Published on 4 July 2010 by Ernie
4.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm?
Funny, obscure and without an happy-ending. Slater is doing a good job , but he speaks a bit inapprehensible. One of the better snap-out movies.
Published on 30 Jun 2009 by Mac
1.0 out of 5 stars One of the worst films I've ever seen
I just watched this film and I can't believe how bad it was. If you like good quality films with intelligent (or funny) plots then this one's not for you. Read more
Published on 6 Feb 2009 by AJ
3.0 out of 5 stars Christian Slater Is Still Hot!
Bob (Christian Slater) is a middle-aged guy, stuck in a mundane job he hates with people he dispises. One day a co-worker of his comes to work & has a shoot out. Read more
Published on 30 Nov 2008 by Claire Frances
2.0 out of 5 stars Not impressed
What a horrid little film this is. In my book the only thing to recommend it is the actors' performances. Other than that it is a miserable,garbled mess. Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2008 by Charles Gosling
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended!!
An excellent film, well-acted, good script and a superb performance by Christian Slater. An unusual film with plenty of surprises and a good story I would not be a quiet man in... Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2008 by C. J. P
4.0 out of 5 stars Slater's best in a long while
So good to see Christian Slater in a good role again. Frank Capello's film is funny and disturbing in equal measures. Read more
Published on 23 April 2008 by Matty
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