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Collateral damage

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Movie propaganda

Collateral damage tells the story of family man and fire fighter Gordon Brewer (Arnold Schwarzenegger), who is plunged into the complex and dangerous world of international terrorism after he loses his wife and child in a bombing credited to Claudio "the Wolf" Perrini (Cliff Curtis). Frustrated with the official investigation and haunted by the thought that the man responsible for murdering his family might never be brought to justice, Brewer takes matters into his own hands and tracks his quarry ultimately to Colombia.

Also starring John Leguizamo as Felix Ramirez, John Turturro as Sean Armstrong, Elias Koteas as CIA Agent Peter Brandt, Shelley Malil as the doctor, Ehécatl Chávez as Augustin, Jsu Garcia as Roman, Francesca Neri as Selena Perrini, Rodrigo Obregón as Rodrigo, Tyler Posey as Mauro, Jorge Zepeda as Rocha, Lindsay Frost and Harry J Lennix. Written by Terry George, David Griffiths, Peter Griffiths, Nicholas Meyer and Ronald Roose, directed by Andrew Davis.

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  • FYI: "Collateral damage" is the military term for any damage caused by a military action that was not part of the intended target, such as your own soldiers, innocent bystanders, hospitals, orphans, etc
  • NB: Because of the attacks on the World Trade Centre towers and the Pentagon, the release of this film may have been delayed or the content altered
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Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report

Arnie: Arnie running, Arnie hitting, Arnie killing. Arnie taking on an army. Arnie getting revenge.

Themes: Terrorism is bad. Individuals can do more than entire government departments. Governments don't care about individuals. Women and children are more important than men. A New York fireman can take on an entire army of terrorists... and win. When the USA gets violently involved in the affairs of other nations it's good, but when people from other nations get violently involved the affairs of the USA it's bad. Sometimes a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do.

Formula: Action with a twist. Just the one.

Gossip: The studio wanted to rewrite the character of Gordon Brewer into something more heroic because New York firemen aren't. On 12 September 2001 the rewrite was cancelled.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Disc: Single side, single layer
  • Features:
    • Additional scenes
    • Cast/crew film highlights
    • Commentary: Andrew Davis
    • Documentaries: Behind-the-scenes, HBO's First Look documentary and The hero in a new era - featuring interviews with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Andrew Davis and the producers
    • Trailers: Theatrical
  • Languages: English, French (Quebec)
  • Picture: Widescreen (16:9 1.85:1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

Security censorship classification

M (Medium level violence)

Surveillance time

105 minutes (1:45 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 2 May 2002
DVD rental: 25 September 2002
DVD retail: 25 September 2002
VHS retail: 25 September 2002

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