Synopsis: NIGHTCRAWLER is a thriller set in the nocturnal underbelly of contemporary Los Angeles. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, a driven young man desperate for work who discovers the high-speed world of L.A. crime journalism. Finding a group of freelance camera crews who film crashes, fires, murder and other mayhem, Lou muscles into the cut-throat, dangerous realm of nightcrawling - where each police siren wail equals a possible windfall and victims are converted into dollars and cents. Aided by Rene Russo as Nina, a veteran of the blood-sport that is local TV news, Lou blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Dan Gilroy
Production: Open Road Films
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 43 wins & 120 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
118 min

What are you

doing out here?

I'm lost.

This is

a restricted area.

Oh, I didn't know that.

There's no signs.

They're everywhere.

Let's see some ID.


There's a broken gate back

there, and you're trespassing.

Excuse me, sir,

that gate was open

and I was under the opinion

that this was a detour.

Let me see the ID.

Take it out.

What kind of

uniform is that?

I'll ask

the f***ing questions.

It's a private outfit,


I tried to get one of those jobs.

I like guarding things.


Here you go' sir.

I think what

must have happened

is I just must have

gotten turned around.

Is it in the

high-end or the low-end range?


there's no question ifs up!

Yes, but20%?


foreclosure, foreclosure!

We're talking about over

two-thirds of the market,

and, of course,

it's linked to unemployment.

So, the opportunity

for the average

investor with

the right know-how. ...

Is all in the book.

In the seminars.

Very lime doubt?

Yes, their distress sales makes

them want them off the books.


They need to sell them.

They have to, right? name it,

we teach them all.

t guesstimate

that I have about 50

pounds of copper wire,

100 pounds of

chain-link fence

and two manhole covers.

The nice thick ones.

I'll give 50 cents

a pound for the wire,

15 for the fence,

and 10 for the covers.

That's below market value.

Market value?

You know the cops came by

asking about manhole covers?

I'd like to counter at a

dollar a pound for the copper,

30 cents a pound

for the fence,

and 20 cents per

for the covers.

Ah, sell them

somewhere else.

I'd feel good at 75,

25, and 15.

I'm not negotiating

with you.

I thin

Fm dong K We're close.

I'm willing to take less to

establish a business relationship.

If that's your last best

offer, then I guess I accept.

All right. Drive around

back and unload them.

Excuse me, sir?

I'm looking for a job.

In fact,

I've made up my mind

to find a career that

I can learn and grow into.

Who am I? I'm a hard-worker,

I set high goals

and I've been told

that I am persistent.


I'm not fooling myself, sir.

Having been raised with

the self-esteem movement

so popular in schools,

I used to expect my

needs to be considered.

But I know that

today's work culture

no longer caters to

the job loyalty that

could be promised to

earlier generations.

What I believe, sir,

is that good things

come to those who

work their asses off.

And that people

such as yourself,

who reach the top of the mountain,

didn't just fall there.

My motto is if you

wanna win the lottery,

you have to make the money

to buy a ticket.

Did I say that I

worked in a garage?

So, what do you say'? I could start

tomorrow, or why not tonight?


How about

an internship then?

A lot of young

people are taking

unpaid positions to

get a foot in the door.

That's something

I'd be willing to do.

I'm not hiring

a f***ing thief.

This thing's gonna blow!

Crap! Gotta move!


This thing is

not budging. Hold on.

I can't move!

Let's go.

Let's go!

Let's go!

We're first!

No sh*t! Get a shot

on the other side!

All right, all right.

Get a shot

inside the car.

Go around.

Get inside the car.

The f*** am I

paying you for?

OFFICER 12 Yeah, it's free.

Get back, Loder.

Get back!

I'm back,

I'm back, I'm back!

All units.

EMS, just past exit 31.

Excuse me.

Will this be

on television?

Morning news.

If it bleeds, it leads.

What channel?

Whoever pays the most.

What do you get for

something like this?

Not nearly enough.

Enough to buy all that gear.

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Dan Gilroy

Daniel Christopher Gilroy (born June 24, 1959) is an American screenwriter and film director. He is best known for writing and directing Nightcrawler (2014), for which he won Best Screenplay at the 30th Independent Spirit Awards, and was nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the 87th Academy Awards. Before becoming both a writer and director, Gilroy worked mostly as a screenwriter. His screenwriting credits include Freejack (1992), Two for the Money (2005), The Fall (2006), Real Steel (2011), and The Bourne Legacy (2012)—the last in collaboration with his brother Tony Gilroy. His wife, Rene Russo, has also been his frequent collaborator since the two met in 1992 and married later that year. more…

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