Taking Lives

Character: Illeana
Original Release: March 16, 2004 (US)
Directed by: D.J. Caruso
Written by: Michael Pye, Jon Bokenkamp
Produced by: Mark Canton, Bernie Goldmann
Running Time: 103 minutes (Theatrical Version)
Box Office: $65,470,529 (Worldwide)

The film starts in the early 1980s. Young Martin Asher took a bus for Canada. He meets another teen on the bus Matt Soulsby. When the bus broke they decided to rent a car and drive to Seattle. On the road the car gets a flat tire, and Matt starts changing the tire Martin comments on how he and Matt are about the same height and he quickly pushes Matt in the way of an oncoming truck causing a huge accident where Matt and the driver both die.

He took Matt's guitar and left singing like Matt did. Twenty years later, an FBI profiler, Illeana Scott comes to Canada to help hunting down a serial killer Martin Asher who killed multiple men and lived by their identities. Martin's mother claims that she saw Martin in Quebec city and she tells the police that Martin is evil. The police also has an eyewitness James Costa who saw Asher kill his last victim...

Cast & Characters

Ethan Hawke (Costa), Kiefer Sutherland (Hart), Gena Rowlands (Mrs. Asher), Olivier Martinez (Paquette), Tchéky Karyo (Leclair), Jean-Hugues Anglade (Duval), Paul Dano (Young Asher), Justin Chatwin (Matt Soulsby), André Lacoste (Cashier)

Photo Gallery
Filming Dates: April 2003 - August 2003
Filming Locations: (view all)
  • Montréal, Québec, Canada
  • Québec City, Québec, Canada
  • Stage 19, Warner Brothers Burbank Studios - 4000 Warner Boulevard, Burbank, California, USA
  • Joliette, Québec, Canada
  • Gare Windsor, Montréal, Québec, Canada
  • A scene was shot in which Illeana drives back to her house with the old pick-up and a branch from a tree falls and breaks the windshield. It took several takes to get the shot, and apparently destroyed the last remaining windshields for the pick-up available anywhere in North America at the time. The scene was not used.
  • The source novel's character equivalent to Illeana is James Costa, a British museum curator. Martin Asher's analog is Martin Arkenhout, a native of Holland. The prime settings of the novel are England and Portugal.
  • Despite being third billing, Kiefer Sutherland has only 17 lines and just over three minutes of actual screen time in the movie.
  • Consulted with real-life FBI profiler Robert K. Ressler for her role.

Different Versions
  1. Theatrical Version - 103 minutes.
  2. Director's Cut - 109 minutes.

In two scenes nudity was cut out the R-Rated version and 1-2 violence cuts were made, as well. In the Director’s Cut the cut scenes were reinserted and some additional plot scenes were added.

Both versions contain alternative footage in so many scenes and and several scenes are in both versions but are relocated to another part of the movie.

Read more detailed information about the versions here.

Memorable Quotes

Illeana: Everything you saw I wanted you to see.

Awards & Nominations

Golden Schmoes Awards - Best T&A of the Year - Angelina Jolie
Golden Trailer Awards - Best Horror/Thriller
Teen Choice Awards - Choice Movie Scary Scene - Angelina Jolie