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
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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


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Sound Effects Editor
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Spoken Languages:
Korean, Mandarin
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
ARRIFLEX 435 ES, Panaflex Millenium XL
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24 fps
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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".

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.

Factual Mistake
The M1A1 offered for sale is reported to have reactive armour and a 90mm 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.

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

Factual Mistake
The tank at the end is shown to be equipped with an M60 machine gun at the Loader's hatch. All versions of the Abrams mount an M240 machine gun at this position.
Arnold Schwarzenegger was initially attached to star in the project.

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 the 1931 film 'M'.

It is the first film where all three of them (DMX, jet Li, and Anthony Anderson) share screen time with each other.