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Lucky Number Slevin

Lucky Number Slevin
Lucky Number Slevin Theater Poster.JPG
Promotional poster
Directed by Paul McGuigan
Produced by
Written by Jason Smilovic
Starring
Music by J. Ralph
Cinematography Peter Sova
Edited by Andrew Hulme
Production
companies
  • Ascendant Pictures
  • Capitol Films
  • The Complex Studio
  • FilmEngine
  • VIP 4
Distributed by
Release date
  • February 24, 2006 (2006-02-24) (United Kingdom)
  • April 7, 2006 (2006-04-07) (United States/Canada)
  • January 11, 2007 (2007-01-11) (Germany)
Running time
110 minutes
Country
  • Germany
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Language English
Budget $27 million
Box office $56.3 million

Lucky Number Slevin, known as The Wrong Man in Australia, is a 2006 crime thriller film directed by Paul McGuigan, written by Jason Smilovic, and starring Josh Hartnett, Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Ben Kingsley, Lucy Liu, and Stanley Tucci.

Set in New York City, the plot focuses on the paths of Slevin Kelevra (Hartnett), Lindsey (Liu), two feuding crime lords known as The Boss (Freeman) and The Rabbi (Kingsley), and a mysterious hitman known as Mr. Goodkat (Willis).

During the opening credits, two bookies are separately ambushed and murdered by their unseen killers; elsewhere, a young man is killed by a sniper. In a bus terminal, a young man is approached by Goodkat, who tells the story of Max and the Kansas City Shuffle: two decades earlier, Max borrowed money from the mob to bet on a fixed horse race, only for the horse to die mid-race. To set an example to make sure nobody else would try to bet on a fixed race, the mob killed Max, his wife and young son Henry. Goodkat concludes that a "Kansas City Shuffle" is a misleading double bluff, and so tricks and kills the young man, before loading his body into a truck.

In New York City, Slevin Kelevra is staying in his friend Nick Fisher's apartment and, upon being visited by Nick's neighbor Lindsey, discusses Nick's disappearance and why his apartment was unlocked. Lindsey suggests that Nick may be missing and, after she leaves, Slevin is kidnapped by two henchmen, who take him to "The Boss". Mistaking Slevin for Nick, The Boss orders him to repay a large gambling debt or kill the son of his rival, "The Rabbi"; The Boss believes The Rabbi is responsible for assassinating his son (seen in the intro), and wants The Rabbi's homosexual son, Yitzchok "The Fairy", to be killed in revenge. Slevin then returns to the apartment, but is kidnapped again by two Jewish henchmen working for The Rabbi. The Rabbi also mistakes Slevin for Nick, and also demands he repay a large gambling debt. Slevin returns to The Boss and agrees to kill The Fairy. Concurrently with Slevin visiting the mob bosses, it becomes apparent Goodkat is involved in both sides and is responsible for Nick's debts being called in, and he plans to kill Slevin after The Fairy dies and make it look like they were both killed by a jealous lover (though Goodkat's motivations as to why remain unknown).



Directors Guild of Canada
Milan International Film Festival
Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA
  • Ascendant Pictures
  • Capitol Films
  • The Complex Studio
  • FilmEngine
  • VIP 4
  • February 24, 2006 (2006-02-24) (United Kingdom)
  • April 7, 2006 (2006-04-07) (United States/Canada)
  • January 11, 2007 (2007-01-11) (Germany)
  • Germany
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Nominated: Outstanding Sound Editing – Feature Film
  • Nominated: Best Sound Editing for Music in a Feature Film
  • Nominated: Best Sound Editing for Sound Effects and Foley in a Foreign Film
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