The Book of Eli

Synopsis: In a violent post-apocalyptic society, a drifter, Eli, has been wandering westward across North America for the last thirty years. He finds solace in a unique book which he carries on his person and guards closely, whilst surviving by hunting small animals and seeking goods in destroyed houses and vehicles to trade in villages for water and supplies. When he reaches a village ruled by the powerful mobster, Carnegie, the man views Eli's impressive fighting skills and offers Eli a place within his gang. Carnegie presses his blind lover Claudia to send her daughter, Solara, to at least convince Eli to spend the night by sleeping with him. However, Eli proves to be the better man when he gently declines her advances. The girl sees Eli's book, and when Carnegie finds out he beats her mother until she reveals what she saw. Carnegie sends his gang into the wasteland to take the book from Eli, but the man proves to be a formidable foe as he makes it more than clear that if they want the book,
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  3 wins & 16 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
118 min

"The Book of Eli"

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anreith [inSanos]

You hungry?

You know you've

got to come get it,

don't play hard to get.

You will like it.

It's cat...

There you go.

Leave room

for breakfast.

I can think of

younger days

when living for my life

Was everything a man

could want to do

I could never

see tomorrow

I was never told

about the sorrow

How can you mend

a broken heart?

How can you

stop the rain

from falling down?

How can you stop

the sun from shining?

What makes the

world go round?




don't hurt me.

Here, take anything

you want.

Frozen food.

Take it.

- I'm not gonna hurt you.

- Yeah?

That's what the

last guys said.

Could you help me?

The wheel came off.

I can't fix it.

Maybe if I...

if I could...

but I can't.

The only good thing

about no soap

Is that you can smell

hijackers a mile off.

I am impressed!

This lad...

smelled us...

from thirty feet away!

What does that say

about our hygiene?

What you got there

in that pack?

What pack?

He's got a gun.

Well sh*t, it

ain't loaded.

They never are.

Ain't that right,

old man?

Open the pack and

tip it out on the road,

nice and slow.

Can't do that.

Take off the

f***ing pack...

and put it on

the ground...

or die!

Are you listening to me?

- I am now.

- Good.

- Are you listening to me?

- Yeah.


Put that hand

on me again,

and you wont

get it back.

Can you believe

this f***ing guy?

Alright, we will do

it the hard way.

Why did you do that?

Did you cut my

hand off?

What are you standing

around for?

Kiss him!

What did he say?

He's in shock.

I think he meant

"Kill him".

I told you you weren't

gonna get that back.

Yeah, you did.

Who are you?

Where's your water?

They have none, they

were gonna take you up,

and then eat you.

It's true.

It's in the cart.

You gonna take any?

- Where are you going?

- West.

- Can I come with you?

- No.


Woah, woah, woah...

Where are you going?

Stay on the path.


Stay on the path,

it's not your concern.

Stay on the path,

it's not your concern.

- I don't know you.

- I'm not from around here.

No sh*t. Who are you?

I don't want any trouble.


- Just a customer, okay?

- Okay.

I'm sorry I gotta

see the hands.

I'm not one of them.


I'm gonna take something

out of my pack.

Take your finger

off the trigger.

Oh, sweet. That's

a Phantom 900, man.

Is it?

I haven't seen one of

those since the 90's.

Yeah, I got it

back east.

- Does it still work?

- Yeah, just need a charge,

can you do that

for me? A charge.

I got cables.

I don't need cables,

I can charge it for you,

if you got the coin.

Yes I do.

- It's American.

- Oh yeah.

I got a whole

bunch of these.

How about Chapstick,

got any Chapstick?

No Chapstick.

I got cat oil.

- Fresh cat oil.

- No, no.

It's good, it's good for...

works the same way.

What about toys,

got any toys?

No, I don't play.

Oh, I got...

Oh yeah.

Yeah yeah.

Okay, alright.

I'll have this,

with these.

Oh, absolutely,

those are yours.

Okay, give me a

couple of hours.

- I'll charge it up for you

- Thank you.

You can wait over there,

across the street.

- No, I'm good.

- Bar is about to open.

I'll wait here.

You dont trust

me, do you?

- I'll wait here.

- Alright.

Carnie, one of the road

crews just pulled into town.

They got something

for you.

- Books?

- A whole pack of them.

Tell them I wanna

see them. Right now.

We did good.

The one you want.

It ain't there?


I just dont understand.

That's a shitload of books.

You don't have

to understand.

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Gary Whitta

Gary Leslie Whitta (born 21 July 1972) is an English-born American screenwriter, author, game designer, and video game journalist. He is known as the former editor-in-chief of both the UK and US editions of PC Gamer magazine and contributor to gaming magazine ACE. Whitta was the screenwriter of The Book of Eli (2010), co-wrote After Earth (2013) with M. Night Shayamalan, and co-developed the story for Rogue One (2016). more…

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