Elijah Price, comic-book art dealer, has brittle bone disease. He develops a theory based on comic book stories that there must be someone “unbreakable” at the opposite extreme. David Dunn, a former star football quarterback turned security guard, becomes the sole survivor of a train crash which kills 130 others while remaining completely unharmed.
After a memorial service for the victims he finds a note on his car windshield asking if he has ever been ill and inviting him to Elijah’s art gallery, “Limited Edition”. David realizes that he has indeed never been ill, and goes with his young son, Joseph, to meet Elijah. He is unsettled and leaves when Elijah proposes his theory of real-life superheroes, but later, curious, finds he can bench press 350 pounds, well above his expectation. Joseph idolizes his father believing him to be a superhero, although David maintains he is just an ordinary man.
- Starring : Bruce Willis / Samuel L. Jackson
- Genre : Drama / Mystery / Sci-Fi / Thriller
- Country : United States
- Language : English
- Director : M. Night Shyamalan
- Production : Touchstone Pictures / Blinding Edge Pictures / Barry Mendel Productions / Limited Edition Productions Inc.
- Distributor : Buena Vista Pictures / Buena Vista International / Filmes Lusomundo / Gaumont Buena Vista International (GBVI) / Prooptiki / SPE Films India / American Broadcasting Company (ABC) / Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Buena Vista Home Video / Divisa Home Video / Gativideo / HBO Max / TV6 / Touchstone Home Entertainment / Touchstone Home Video
Unbreakable release date
- November 14, 2000 : USA (New York City, New York) (premiere)
- November 22, 2000 : Canada
- November 22, 2000 : USA
- November 30, 2000 : Australia
- December 15, 2000 : Sweden
- December 27, 2000 : France
- December 28, 2000 : Switzerland (German speaking region)
- December 28, 2000 : Germany
- December 28, 2000 : Israel
- December 29, 2000 : UK
- December 29, 2000 : Ireland
- January 12, 2001 : Spain
- January 12, 2001 : India
- February 10, 2001 : Japan
- Bruce Willis as David Dunn
- Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price
- Robin Wright as Audrey Dunn (as Robin Wright Penn)
- Spencer Treat Clark as Joseph Dunn
- Charlayne Woodard as Elijah’s Mother
- Eamonn Walker as Dr. Mathison
- Leslie Stefanson as Kelly
- Johnny Hiram Jamison as Elijah Age 13
- Michaelia Carroll as Babysitter
- Bostin Christopher as Comic Book Clerk
- Elizabeth Lawrence as School Nurse
- Davis Duffield as David Dunn Age 20 (as David Duffield)
- Laura Regan as Audrey Inverso Age 20
- Chance Kelly as Orange Suit Man
- Michael Kelly as ER Doctor
Unbreakable is a 2000 American superhero thriller film written, produced, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, and starring Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright Penn, Spencer Treat Clark, and Charlayne Woodard. It is the first installment in the Unbreakable film series a.k.a. Eastrail 177 Trilogy. In Unbreakable, a security guard named David Dunn (Willis) survives a horrific train crash with no injuries, leading to him discovering that he harbors superhuman abilities, which in turn introduces him to comic book store owner Elijah Price (Jackson), who uses a wheelchair.
Shyamalan organized the narrative of Unbreakable to parallel a comic book’s traditional three-part story structure. After settling on the origin story, Shyamalan wrote the screenplay as a speculative screenplay with Willis already set to star in the film and Jackson in mind to portray Elijah Price. Filming began in April 2000 and was completed in July.
Unbreakable was released on November 22, 2000. It received positive reviews, with critics praising its aesthetics, the performances, the emotional weight of the story, and the score by James Newton Howard. The film has subsequently gained a strong cult following. A deconstruction of the superhero genre, many regard it as one of Shyamalan’s best films, and one of the best superhero films. In 2011, Time listed it as one of the top ten superhero films of all time, ranking it number four. Quentin Tarantino also included it on his list of the top 20 films released since 1992.
After years of development on a follow-up film, a thematic sequel, Split, with Willis reprising his role as David Dunn in a cameo role, was released in January 2017. After the financial and critical success of Split, Shyamalan immediately began working on a third film, titled Glass, which was released January 18, 2019, thus making Unbreakable the first installment in the Unbreakable film series.
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