DVD 92 mins IMDB 6.5 (11,193 votes)
New Line Cinema (2004)
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Action, Crime, Thriller
USA  /  English

Kim Basinger Jessica Martin
Chris Evans Ryan
Jason Statham Ethan
Eric Christian Olsen Chad
Matt McColm Deason
Noah Emmerich Jack Tanner
William H. Macy Mooney
Richard Burgi Craig
Rick Hoffman Lawyer
Adam Taylor Gordon Ricky Martin
Caroline Aaron Marilyn Mooney
Brenda Ballard Irate Customer #1
Will Beinbrinck Young Security Guard (as Will Beinbrink)
Jessica Biel Chloe
Chase Bloch Timid Boy
Chelsea Bloch Surf Girl's Friend
Chantille Boudousque Chloe's Chilly Friend
Robin Brenner Excitable Customer
Nikki Christian Porsche Girl
John Churchill Young Guard
Greg Collins Aging Security Guard
Valerie Cruz Bayback
Marco DiMaio Superior Officer

Director David R. Ellis
Producer Dean Devlin; Lauren Lloyd
Writer Larry Cohen; Chris Morgan; Christopher Morgan
Cinematography Gary Capo
Musician Garrett Dutton; John Ottman
User Credit 1 Eric A. Sears
User Credit 2 Christopher Lawrence

A thin thread of electronic data may be the only thing that can save a women and her family in this thriller. Jessica Martin (Kim Basinger) is a biology teacher who is kidnapped by Greer (Jason Statham), a vicious criminal who has threatened to murder her husband and son if he doesn't get what he wants. Greer destroys the only working telephone in the cabin where she's held, but Jessica manages to put enough of the pieces together to send out a call that's picked up by Ryan (Chris Evans), a college student, on his cellular phone. Jessica manages to convince Ryan of the gravity of her situation, but she has no idea of where she's being held, leaving his cell phone as the only link to her whereabouts — and his batteries are starting to wear out. Cellular was scripted by Larry Cohen, the exploitation film auteur who enjoyed a major comeback with his script for another telephone-based story, Phone Booth. — Mark Deming

Edition Details
Barcode 794043763120
Region Region 1
Release Date 1/18/2005
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color
Subtitles English; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo [CC]
Layers Single Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Audio Commentary with Director David Ellis, Writers Larry Cohen and Chris Morgan
Deleted/Alternate Scenes
3 Exciting Featurettes:
  • Celling Out: A look at cell phones in today's culture
  • Dialing Up Cellular: Making of the film
  • Code Of Silence: Inside the Rampart scandal.
  • Personal Details
    User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
    User Text 1 Violence, terror situations, language and some sexual references.
    User Text 2 If the signal dies so does she.
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    Trivia: Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber did uncredited rewrites of the script. (more)

    Goofs: Continuity: When Ryan jumps off the pier on Santa Monica Bay, he has his cell phone with him. However, once he is rescued he shows his cell phone to Mr. Mooney undamaged. There is no way this would be possible considering it's not waterproof. (more)

    Ryan: It's Chloe!
    Chad: No, dude, don't do this! Don't do this!
    Ryan: I'm just gonna say "hi."
    Chad: You're not gonna say "hi."
    Ryan: No "hi"?
    Chad: No "hi."
    Ryan: I can't say ...
    Chad: [shouts] Come on, man! Hold it together! This girl, she *dumped* you, all right? Have some self-respect, have some dignity!
    Ryan: You're right.
    Chad: Be strong.

    Awards: 2 nominations (more)