Cradle 2 the Grave (2003)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 41 mins

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Embedded with fierce action and intense intrigue, this fast-paced thriller centres around Anthony Fait (DMX), who is the brilliant leader of a crew of highly skilled urban thieves. After Anthony and his team attempt to steal diamonds on a highly dangerous assignment, they also come away with a bag of black diamonds of a mysterious nature. Soon after, Anthony's daughter is kidnapped and held by the original owner of the diamonds with the demand for their return. Now, Anthony must forge an unlikely alliance with a Taiwanese intelligence operative, Agent Su (Jet Li) to rescue her. Their race against the clock to find the precious stones ultimately unravels a plot to distribute a deadly new weapon of war. With his daughter, Vanessa's life at stake, what will Anthony be willing to do to bring her back to safety? Will he and Agent Su succeed in their mysterious, highly dangerous and seemingly impossible task?
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Cast: Jet Li, Kelly Hu

Crew: Andrzej Bartkowiak (Director), Daryn Okada (Director of Photography), Damon Grease Blackman (Music Director), John Frizzell (Music Director)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Release Dates: 28 Feb 2003 (India)

Tagline: Born 2 the life. True 2 the code. Bad 2 the bone.

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as Su
as Sona
Special Appearance
Supporting Actor
as Tommy
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
as Miles
as Daria
Supporting Actress
as Ultimate Fighter
as Chambers's Club Doorman
as Ling
Supporting Actor
as Odion
Supporting Actress
Supporting Actor
as Archie


Second Unit Director
First Assistant Director
Second Assistant Director


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Screenplay Writer
Story Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography
Camera Operator


Music Editor


Foley Artist
Sound Effects Editor
Sound Re-recording Mixer
Boom Operator


Production Designer
Art Director
Set Decorator
Prop Master
Set Dresser
Storyboard Artist


Casting Director

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Hair Stylist

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Film Type:
Feature Film
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
ARRIFLEX 435 ES, Panaflex Millenium XL
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Born 2 the life. True 2 the code. Bad 2 the bone.
Kanteihyôka, 100 karat no kyôki [Japan]
Mortal enemies make dangerous friends.
Character Error
During the planning scene when Fait is giving out assignments he calls Daria "Gabrielle." She is played by Gabrielle Union.

Character Error
When the auction starts, Sona says that 50 stones are available. The Pakistani buyer wins the first bid with $5.7 million for six stones, leaving 44 stones. Then the Egyptian buyer wins the next bid with $10 million for ten stones, leaving 34 stones. However, Sona then says that "there are 37 stones available".

In the car chase with Fait driving the blue sports car, he drives in reverse pushing a metal dumpster into the other car, breaking the taillights on his own car. Later, when Fait is leaving Archie's place, the lights are still there and working.

When Daria gets off the train walking on the tracks, she has on a heeled shoe. When exiting through the gate, she has on flat shoes.

Crew/Equipment Visible
In the scene where Fait is riding through the alley on the quad and the guy riding the dirt bike (seen from the air) jumps over the truck, you can clearly see the ramp, and many more boxes. Right before this is shown you see a pile of 4 boxes high in a stair fashion going away from the truck, but right next to it, and in the jump scene they are also further away from the truck.

Factual Mistake
The M1A1 offered for sale is reported to have reactive armour and a 90mm cannon. The M1A1 clearly hasn't got the reactive armour skirts on it (Reactive armour are a series of raised explosive plates added to the outside of the tank) and they have always come with a 105mm cannon on the M1, later models having a 120mm cannon, A 90mm cannon would have been impossible to come by having been phased out by the appearance of the M1A1.

Revealing Mistakes
When Fait runs up the wall to backflip over the dog that's chasing him, the wall bends inward, as if made of rubber.

Revealing Mistakes
When Fait jumps through the window of the building he rode into with the blue ATV, he has to clear a low wall to go through the window. You can see him ride up a ramp to get through the window, but there is no ramp there. It was edited out but it is still obvious that he goes off a ramp.

Revealing Mistakes
During the alley fight scene with the goons and Fait and Su, the stunt double for DMX's back is shown and you can see that the stunt double is of fair complexion (DMX is a medium-dark complexion black man). This occurs several times during that scene.

Revealing Mistakes
In the scene right after Fait was arrested and sitting on the bumper of the ambulance and the truck pulls up with the trailer pulling the four wheelers and dirt bikes, you see the guys getting out of the truck right away and you can see that the four wheeler in the back and the 2 dirt bikes are strapped down, but the front four wheeler is not strapped down.

Crew/Equipment Visible
At the end when the helicopter is taking off, a camera crew is visible running on the ground.

Factual Mistake
In the climactic scene, Archie is driving the tank while Tommy is in the Commander's Position (manning the .50 cal). A tank is not (and cannot be) fired from the driver's position. In addition, we later see Tommy loading the main round, this is done from the loader's position which is not easily accessible from within the tank itself. In addition, Tommy wouldn't be able to fire the round, should he have loaded the round from the loader's position and made it back to the commander's position, as the gunner (a fourth man on a MBT) actually fires the round.

Factual Mistake
The tank at the end is shown to be equipped with an M60 machine gun at the Loader's hatch (left-side hatch on top of the turret). All versions of the Abrams mount an M240 machine gun at this position.
The casting of Mark Dacascos was the result of a poll on Jet Li's website where fans were asked who they would like to see him fight next.

Real life UFC competitors Tito Ortiz, Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell were recruited by producer Joel Silver for the cage fight sequence with Jet Li.

Jet Li's character only fights with one hand for a majority of the film.

In the cage-fighting scene, Tito Ortiz is shown as the victor in a fight between himself and Chuck Liddell. In reality, the two have fought two times in the UFC, with Chuck winning both fights.

The film was originally developed as a remake of M (1931).

When filming wrapped up on time and the editing was proceeding at a fast pace, Warner Bros. considered opening the film in late August - a mere three months after it finished shooting. They later opted to release the pic in late Feb the following year.

At one point, Arnold Schwarzenegger was slated to star.

DMX was constantly late for shooting.

The location of the opening heist is the "Gains International, Ltd Diamond Exchange" - a reference to executive producer Herb Gains.

Wilhelm Scream during cage fight seen. When Su (Jet Li) kicks the guy in his unmentionables and sends him flying back into the cage.

Not only is this the 2nd film to star DMX, jet Li, and Anthony Anderson together, it is the first film where all three of them share screen time with each other. All three of them starred in Romeo Must Die, with Anthony Anderson being one of the villains. In Romeo Must Die Anthony also doesn't share a scene with DMX, and doesn't share a friendly relationship with him.

2nd film to star Anthony Anderson and Tom Arnold. They share more screen time in this movie than they did in Exit Wounds, where they shared the last scene together. They are also have the same kinda ending in this movie where they talk about their mom's and who would play them in a movie about what they just went through in this movie. It is also the second film to star DMX and Tom Arnold after Exit Wounds.