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Character: Nikki Gardner
Directed by: Gregory Hoblit
Written by: Daniel Pyne (screenplay & story), Glenn Gers
Produced by: Samuel J. Brown, Michael Disco, Toby Emmerich, Liz Glotzer, Beverly J. Graf, Hawk Koch, Louise Rosner, Charles Weinstock
Other cast: Anthony Hopkins, Ryan Gosling, David Strathairn, Embeth Davidtz, Billy Burke, Fiona Shaw
Release date: April 20, 2007 (U.S.)
Genre: Drama, Crime, Mystery
Running time: 113 min

Wealthy, brilliant, and meticulous Ted Crawford, a structural engineer in Los Angeles, shoots his wife and entraps her lover. He signs a confession; at the arraignment, he asserts his rights to represent himself and asks the court to move immediately to trial. The prosecutor is Willy Beachum, a hotshot who’s soon to join a fancy civil-law firm, told by everyone it’s an open and shut case. Crawford sees Beachum’s weakness, the hairline fracture of his character: Willy’s a winner. The engineer sets in motion a clockwork crime with all the objects moving in ways he predicts.




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Reviews

“Fracture is suspenseful and darkly stylish, but it also has an unexpectedly dry sense of humor. It’s actually a lot funnier and a lot less stiff and self-serious than such a thriller might look.”
Christy Lemire, Associated Press

“The glib entertainment Fracture offers an assortment of tasty treats, notably the spectacle of that crafty scene stealer Anthony Hopkins mixing it up with that equally cunning screen nibbler Ryan Gosling.”
Manohla Dargis, New York Times

Triva

• After the arraigning judge refers to Willy Beachum as 007 he sleeps with Nikki Gardner. Rosamund Pike who played Nikki also portrayed Miranda Frost in Die Another Day (2002). In that movie Miranda slept with 007.

• George Clooney was attached to direct at one point.

• This is the first New Line Cinema/Castle Rock Entertainment collaboration since the mid-90s before both companies were bought by Ted Turner.

Awards & Nominations

Nominated Teen Choice Awards – Choice Movie Actor: Horror/Thriller – Ryan Gosling
Nominated World Soundtrack Awards – Soundtrack Composer of the Year – Mychael Danna
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