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Character: Helen
Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie
Written by: Lee Child (novel), Christopher McQuarrie
Produced by: Tom Cruise, David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, Ken Kamins, Cliff Lanning, Gary Levinsohn, Kevin J. Messick, Jake Myers, Paul Schwake, Paula Wagner
Other cast: Tom Cruise, Jenkins, David Oyelowo, Jai Courtney, Robert Duvall
Release date: December 21, 2012 (U.S.) | December 26, 2012 (U.K.)
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery
Running time: 130 min

In an innocent heartland city, five are shot dead by an expert sniper. The police quickly identify and arrest the culprit, and build a slam-dunk case. But instead of confessing, the accused man writes the words, "Get Jack Reacher." Reacher himself sees the news report and turns up in the city. The defense is immensely relieved, but Reacher has come to bury the guy. Shocked at the accused's request, Reacher sets out to confirm for himself the absolute certainty of the man's guilt, but comes up with more than he bargained for.

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Character Quotes

Helen: So why are you so hard to find?
Jack Reacher: I’m impossible to find.
Helen: Why is that?
Jack Reacher: Well, you could say it started out as an exercise and became an addiction.

Jack Reacher: And sticking it to your father because…
Helen: No. Not my father. The Office of the District Attorney.
Jack Reacher: …because the Office of the District Attorney never bought you a pony.

Jack Reacher: You understand you’re not just asking me to look at the evidence. You’re asking me to look at a cold-blooded killer. A man I know to be guilty. A man you want to keep off death row. You’re asking me to look at him objectively.
Helen: Yes, that is what I’m asking.
Jack Reacher: I’ll do it. On one condition.
Helen: Name it.
Jack Reacher: You have to look at the victims objectively.


“This is Cruise’s show. And he nails it. The patented smile is gone, replaced by a glower that makes Jack Reacher a dark and dazzling ride into a new kind of hell.”
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“Tom Cruise is in fine form.”
Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter


• Rosamund Pike was pregnant with son Solo during the shooting for this film.

• Tom Cruise and Rosamund Pike sourced The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) in their quest to capture the right subtle chemistry between their characters.

• The film was scheduled to be released on December 21, 2012, with its U.S. premiere gala scheduled for December 15. Originally planned at Pittsburgh’s Southside Works megaplex on December 15, and to have been attended by the film’s stars and Mr. Child, the premier was postponed following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, which took place on December 14.

Awards & Nominations

Nominated Crime Thriller Awards – Best Film
Won BMI Film & TV Awards – Film Music – Joe Kraemer
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