The Horsemen

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Original Title: Horsemen
Directed by: Jonas Åkerlund
Written by: Dave Callaham
Cinematography: Eric Broms
Music by: Jan Kaczmarek
Country: USA
Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Duration: 90 min
Release Dates: 6 February 2009 (Italy), 6 March 2009 (USA)
Filming Dates: 29 January 2007 – March 2007
Filming Locations: Canada (Winnipeg, Toronto)

Aidan Breslin is a bitter detective emotionally distanced from his two young sons following the untimely death of his devoted wife. While investigating a series of murders of rare violence, he discovers a terrifying link between a chain of murders and the Biblical prophecies concerning the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: War, Famine, Pestilence, and Death.


Dennis Quaid
Aidan Breslin

Zhang Ziyi
Kristen Spitz

Lou Taylor Pucci
Alex Breslin

Patrick Fugit

Peter Stormare
David Spitz

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♦ Neal McDonough was originally cast as Krupa and shot all of his scenes. After almost a year there were reshoots in Chicago which involved all McDonough’s scenes; he was not available so Chelcie Ross replaced him.
♦ Despite significant reshoots, the running time of the DVD is 20 minutes shorter than the original running time.
♦ Reshoots a year later caused a few unforeseen problems. One of the main ones was that ‘Clifton Collins Jr’ had shaved off all his hair and mustache for another role so he had to wear a wig and a false mustache for his redone scenes.
♦ Shooting in Winnipeg, Canada, in the middle of winter meant the production frequently encountered temperatures in the region of 40-45 degrees below.
♦ The script originally was set in Detroit.
♦ Director Jonas Åkerlund was particularly keen on making the movie as authentic as possible in real locations. Consequently only two sets were built for the film.
♦ Jonas Åkerlund’s original plan was to use real devotees of suspension – the S&M practice depicted in the film – as the murder victims. However, he soon encountered all sorts of issues with Health & Safety over the spilling of real human blood (an unavoidable consequence of having hooks pierced into skin) so opted for prosthetics instead. Åkerlund was sufficiently intrigued by the cult of suspension that he even considered doing it himself, after meeting several devotees of the practice.
♦ To prep for her role (and to improve on her English), Ziyi Zhang briefly moved in with a New York family.
♦ The model for Dennis Quaid’s character was Charles Bukowski, the hard-drinking, hard-living author. Indeed Quaid showed up on the first day of shooting with a full beard. The decision was then taken that Bukowski was a little too extreme a characterization for the lead role so it was toned down a little.
♦ There was active discussions about changing the title to “Come and See”. Particularly when some poster artwork came back from China with Dennis Quaid and Ziyi Zhang sitting on a horse – a literal interpretation of the title Horsemen.
♦ Part of Dennis Quaid’s contract was that he was allowed to go back to Los Angeles every weekend. He chose not to exercise that option as he enjoyed himself so much on the shoot, even bringing his wife and his band up to Winnipeg on occasion. —IMDb
♦ The filmwas initially supposed to be shown in theater in december 2007, but due to bad critics after a test screening, the film was postponed many times.
♦ The premiere was in Italy, not in the United States.
♦ It marks the first time, Ziyi is in a movie entirely in english.
♦ Ziyi said Anthony Hopkins’ famous portrayal of the cannibalistic Hannibal Lecter inspired her own murderous performance in the movie.