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Proud Mary (2018)

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Mary (Taraji P. Henson) is a hit woman working for an organized crime family in Boston, whose life is completely turned around when she meets a young boy whose path she crosses when a professional hit goes bad.

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Babak Najafi

Writers:

John Stuart Newman (story by), Christian Swegal (story by) | 3 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Taraji P. Henson ... Mary
Billy Brown ... Tom
Jahi Di'Allo Winston ... Danny
Neal McDonough ... Walter
Margaret Avery ... Mina
Xander Berkeley ... Uncle
Rade Serbedzija ... Luka
Erik LaRay Harvey ... Reggie
Danny Glover ... Benny
Adobuere Ebiama Adobuere Ebiama ... Woman
Owen Burke ... Jerome
Bo Cleary Bo Cleary ... Benny's Guy / Tyson
Therese Plaehn ... Saleswoman
James Milord James Milord ... Miller
Alex Portenko ... Ivan
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Storyline

In Boston, Mary (Henson), an expert assassin, kills her target Marcus Miller, a bookie, in his apartment. She discovers that Marcus had a son, a young boy named Danny (Jahi Di'Allo Winston), when she finds him in his room playing video games. Filled with guilt, Mary takes her leave. A year later, Danny is living on his own and has been working for a criminal named Uncle (Berkeley) and Mary has kept a distant eye on him. When a drug delivery to Jerome (Burke) goes bad, Danny asks for more money, finds it in a fridge, and takes it to Uncle. However, Uncle notices some is missing and smacks Danny when the boy says he used it to get food, with Uncle threatening to hurt the boy. When Danny is taking a nap on a bench, he notices someone swipes his bag and gives chase. Pulling out his gun and getting the thief to drop it, Danny then faints and falls to the ground. Several moments later, Mary finds him..

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Killing for the man every night and day. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

12 January 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Proud Mary See more »

Filming Locations:

Lawrence, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,959,053, 14 January 2018

Gross USA:

$20,877,013

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,753,365
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Company Credits

Production Co:

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby (5.1 surround)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Multiple scenes filmed in Lowell, MA. See more »

Goofs

Mary's car has a Massachusetts license plate only on the rear of the vehicle. Massachusetts license plates with red letters and numerals are issued for both front and rear. See more »

Quotes

Mary: Newsflash, asshole! I am the mothering type!
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Crazy Credits

The film opens with a recreation of the 1965-1974 Screen Gems "S from Hell" logo. See more »

Alternate Versions

A scene in the trailer where Tom kills a cohort is not featured in the actual movie. See more »


Soundtracks

Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City
Written by Harvey Price (as Michael Alan Price) and Dan Walsh
Performed by C.S. Armstrong
Courtesy of The Greater Goods Co.
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a genre movie is fairly formulaic, with little to distinguish it from similar films, but it's also fairly well-done
28 January 2018 | by dave-mcclainSee all my reviews

"Proud Mary" (R, 1:29) is an action thriller with a mainly African-American cast. Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson stars in the title role as a hit-woman with a hardened heart of gold.

When she carries out orders to take out a man who was heavily indebted to her small but powerful Boston crime family, she learns that he had a tween son who is now an orphan. She spends the next year secretly following Danny (Jahi Di'Allo Winston) around town as he lives on the streets and works for an abusive local drug dealer (Xander Berkeley). At an especially vulnerable moment for Danny, Mary steps in and struggles to break through his defenses to help him and become his protector. But she also inadvertently drags him into a brewing gang war between her family (headed by Danny Glover and Billy Brown) and a group of eastern European criminals (headed by Rade Serbedzija, perhaps best known as the villain in "Taken 2").

This genre movie is fairly formulaic, with little to distinguish it from similar films, but it's also fairly well-done and fans of the genre (and/or the very accomplished cast) will probably find it entertaining. "B-"


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