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Bullet to the Head (2012)

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After watching their respective partners die, a New Orleans hitman and a Washington D.C. detective form an alliance in order to bring down their common enemy.



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Revenge never gets old.


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Rated R for strong violence, bloody images, language, some nudity and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 February 2013 (USA)  »

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$55,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,548,201 (USA) (1 February 2013)


$9,483,821 (USA) (8 March 2013)

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Did You Know?


Thomas Jane was brought into the project by original director Wayne Kramer. When Kramer left the project, Jane suggested Sylvester Stallone to hire Walter Hill. After Hill took over directorial duties, Joel Silver came on board the project and fired Jane because he wanted an ethnic guy for the other lead role. Sung Kang was subsequently cast. See more »


When Kwon is recording the conversation of the bad guys talking, the cellphone display shows that it is charging. See more »


[first lines]
James Bonomo: The guy I just saved is a cop. That's not the usual way I do things, but sometimes you gotta abandon your principles and do what's right.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, an animated flying bullet destroys the logos of the various production companies. See more »


Featured in Film 2015: Episode dated 29 January 2013 (2013) See more »


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Written by Leroy Williams
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Watched the movie expecting absolutely nothing, came out having a good time
1 February 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

2013 has already brought back two of the coolest, if not the coolest action heroes: Schwarzenegger and now Stallone. The funny thing about it all is that Stallone already had his returning movie last year with the Expendables 2 as it mainly focused around him. Anyways, the trailer to the movie, as many may have said, looked absolutely horrible and I didn't really have any intention of seeing this, despite Stallone being my second favorite action star. Now, I'm kinda glad I saw it The film is based around Stallone's character James who is on a rampage to avenge the death of his fellow partner who was killed. Now the story line has been done to death but there is an alliance formed which was kinda cool. The most important thing about this movie is that it isn't trying to take the story far too seriously but keeps it important and is actually very good if you look at it.

The acting in the movie can be both good and crap but we really don't care much about the acting. Its about the action and having fun and the film knows itself. It actually brings us back to the 80's Stallone we used to love and is really cool! Sure there is plenty of bad dialogue, but no one really cares about that neither with any of the other flaws all for a legit reason; because the film knows what it is.

There is plenty of digital blood which is now commonly used in all action movies and can sometimes get a tad frustrating but is not a big issue.

Overall, I can say that this movie is made for Stallone fans! Worth a watch!

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