John Wick (retroactively known as John Wick: Chapter 1) is a 2014 American neo-noir action-thriller film directed by Chad Stahelski, in his directorial debut, and written by Derek Kolstad. It stars Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Adrianne Palicki, Bridget Moynahan, Dean Winters, Ian McShane, John Leguizamo, and Willem Dafoe. It is the first installment in the John Wick film series.
- Starring : Keanu Reeves / Michael Nyqvist
- Genre : Action / Crime / Thriller
- Country : United States / United Kingdom / China
- Language : English / Russian / Hungarian
- Director : Chad Stahelski / David Leitch
- Production : Summit Entertainment / Thunder Road Pictures / 87Eleven / MJW Films / DefyNite Films / Cutting Edge Group / Huayi Brothers Media / Company Films / Poquito Productions / Unbelievable Entertainment
- Distributor : Lionsgate / A-Film Distribution / A-Film / ACME / Andes Films / Ascot Elite Entertainment Group / Blitz Film & Video Distribution / Blitz / CJ CGV Viet Nam / Chantier Films / China Film Group Corporation (CFGC) / Constantin-Film / Deepjoy Picture / Energía Entusiasta / Entertainment One / Future Film / Golden Village Pictures / Imagem Filmes / InterCom / InterComFilm / Italia Film / Italia Films / Joyncontents Group / M2 Pictures / Metropolitan Filmexport / Mis. Label / Mongkol Major / Monolith Films / Myndform / Noble Entertainment / Panasia Films / Pony Canyon Theatrical Films / Pris Audiovisuais / Roadshow Film Distributors (NZ) Ltd. / Roadshow Films / Spentzos Films / Star Media Entertainment / Ster-Kinekor Pictures / StudioCanal / Ukrainian Film Distribution / United International Pictures (UIP) / Warner Bros. / West / Zima Entertainment / A-Film Benelux MSD / Audio Visual Entertainment / Corbi Media / Film1 / Hotstar / KVH Media Group / Kanal 2 / Lionsgate Home Entertainment / RTL Entertainment / Umedia / Vicol Entertainment / Warner Home Video
John Wick movie
John Wick release date
- September 19, 2014 : USA (Fantastic Fest) (premiere)
- October 13, 2014 : USA (New York City, New York) (premiere)
- October 23, 2014 : Israel
- October 23, 2014 : Singapore
- October 24, 2014 : Canada
- October 24, 2014 : USA
- October 29, 2014 : France
- October 29, 2014 : Philippines
- October 30, 2014 : Australia
- October 31, 2014 : Sweden
- November 14, 2014 : India
- January 22, 2015 : Switzerland (German speaking region)
- January 29, 2015 : Germany
- April 10, 2015 : UK
- April 10, 2015 : Ireland
- October 16, 2015 : Japan
- April 17, 2016 : Spain (TV premiere)
John Wick cast
- Keanu Reeves as John Wick
- Michael Nyqvist as Viggo Tarasov
- Alfie Allen as Iosef Tarasov
- Willem Dafoe as Marcus
- Dean Winters as Avi
- Adrianne Palicki as Ms. Perkins
- Omer Barnea as Gregori
- Toby Leonard Moore as Victor (as Toby Moore)
- Daniel Bernhardt as Kirill
- Bridget Moynahan as Helen
- John Leguizamo as Aurelio
- Ian McShane as Winston
- Bridget Regan as Addy
- Lance Reddick as Hotel Manager / Charon
- Keith Jardine as Kuzma
The story focuses on John Wick (Reeves) searching for the men who broke into his home, stole his vintage car and killed his puppy, which was a last gift to him from his recently deceased wife (Moynahan). Stahelski and David Leitch directed the film together, though only Stahelski was credited.
Kolstad had completed the screenplay in 2012 and further developed it for Thunder Road Pictures. The film was produced by Basil Iwanyk of Thunder Road Pictures, Leitch, Eva Longoria, and Michael Witherill. It marks Stahelski and Leitch’s directorial debut as a team after multiple separate credits as second-unit directors and stunt coordinators. They previously worked with Reeves as stunt doubles on The Matrix trilogy.
Stahelski and Leitch’s approach to fight scenes drew upon their admiration for anime and martial arts films. The film used fight choreographers and gun fu techniques from Hong Kong action cinema. The film also pays homage to works such as John Woo’s The Killer, Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Cercle Rouge and Le Samouraï, John Boorman’s Point Blank, and the spaghetti western films.
The film was met with positive reviews, with critics labeling it as one of Reeves’ best performances and one of the best action films of 2014. It grossed $86 million worldwide against a production budget of $20 million. Two sequels, John Wick: Chapter 2, and John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, were released in February 2017 and May 2019 respectively, both to comparable critical and commercial success, with another sequel, John Wick: Chapter 4, set for a May 2021 release. It is also the only film in the series to be distributed by Summit Entertainment, as the other films are distributed by Lionsgate Films.
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