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When two married business executives having an affair are blackmailed by a violent criminal, the two must turn the tables on him to save their families.

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 6.5/10 (38,840 voted)

Critic's Score: 40/100

Mikael Håfström

Stars: Clive Owen, Jennifer Aniston, Vincent Cassel

Charles is worn down by his home life where he and his wife struggle to cope with the demands of their daughter's illness and his job. When he meets Lucinda on the train to work in Chicago, there is an immediate spark between them. Soon they are doing lunch; dinner and drinks follow. This leads to an adulterous rendezvous in a hotel. However, no sooner have they torn each other's clothes off than their room is invaded by a thief who beats Charles and rapes Lucinda. Because of the illicit nature of their relationship, Charles agrees with Lucinda who is reluctant to go to the police and soon finds he is powerless to resist the demands of the thief.

Writers: Stuart Beattie, James Siegel


Clive Owen

Charles Schine

Jennifer Aniston

Lucinda Harris

Vincent Cassel


Melissa George

Deanna Schine

Addison Timlin

Amy Schine


Winston Boyko

Tom Conti

Eliot Firth

Denis O'Hare

Jerry the Lawyer

Richard Leaf

Night Clerk Ray



Giancarlo Esposito

Detective Church

Sandra Bee

Train Conductor

William Armstrong


Rachael Blake

Susan Davis

(as Rachel Blake)

Catherine McCord

Avery Price Receptionist

Some lines should never be crossed.


Official Website:
The Weinstein Company [United States] |

Release Date: 11 November 2005

Filming Locations: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $22,000,000


Opening Weekend: $12,211,986
(13 November 2005)
(2443 Screens)

Gross: $57,479,076
(23 July 2006)

Technical Specs


(unrated version)

Did You Know?


When Laroche (Cassel) goes over to Schine's house, he tells Schine's daughter in French: "Je m'appelle Laroche, comme une petite roche qui va bientôt baiser ton père par derrière". Translation: "My name is Laroche, like a little rock who will soon screw your father from behind." Then, he tells her that in English, it means: "My name is Laroche, it means a rock. Like the little rocks rolling down a river".


Although the card at the end of the film reads "December", the last shot is that of Charles's daughter running outside with fall leaves and trees all around her, clearly not a Chicago winter.


Charles Schine:
Eliot, I'm in trouble.

Eliot Firth:
What kind of trouble?

Charles Schine:
I cheated on Deanna.

Eliot Firth:
You never cheated before?

Charles Schine:

Eliot Firth:
Everybody cheats, Charles and you know what? Everybody gets over it.

Charles Schine:
No, this is different.

Eliot Firth:
Everybody says it's different too. Don't worry you'll be fine…

Charles Schine:
There's this man…

Eliot Firth:
-I don't wanna know who it was with.

User Review

Under rated

Rating: 9/10

I was avoiding the film because of the lower ratings it had received
but after several recommendations, I went and saw it and was
surprisingly pleased with the whole film from start to finish. In my
opinion, this could be very well one of the best thrillers of the year.
The trailer for it really doesn't do it justice for what the movie
really is; a dark, suspenseful, edge of your seat thriller. Jennifer
Aniston does a great job breaking out of her Friends character that
everyone associates her with and that so few sitcom actors have been
able to do. Don't wait for this one to come out on DVD. You definitely
want to catch this one in the theater.