Dolan's Cadillac (film)

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Dolan's Cadillac
Dolan's Cadillac.jpg
Directed by Jeff Beesley
Produced by Stephen Onda
Alain Gagnon
Rhonda Baker
Screenplay by Richard Dooling
Based on "Dolan's Cadillac
by Stephen King
Starring Wes Bentley
Christian Slater
Emmanuelle Vaugier
Production
company
Cadillac Prairie Productions
101122273 Saskatchewan
Minds Eye Entertainment
Distributed by G2 Pictures
Film Bridge International
Release dates
  • July 1, 2009 (2009-07-01) (Sweden)
Running time
105 minutes
Country Canada
Language English
Budget $10 million

Dolan's Cadillac is a 2009 thriller starring Wes Bentley, Christian Slater and Emmanuelle Vaugier.[1] It is based on a short story of the same name by Stephen King.[2]

Plot[edit]

Middle school history teacher Tom Robinson (Wes Bentley) lives in Las Vegas with beloved wife Elizabeth (Emmanuelle Vaugier). On a horse riding trip out in the desert one day, Elizabeth comes across a human trafficking deal gone bad, with gangster Jimmy Dolan (Christian Slater) executing a man. Elizabeth is seen, however, and narrowly escapes Dolan's thugs firing at her. She drops her phone, which the thugs find and use to identify her. Soon after Elizabeth finds in her home a scary message (in the form of a corpse with sewn lips) telling her to keep silent.

The Robinsons go to the authorities, and an official (Al Sapienza) admits them into the Witness Protection program. Not long later, Elizabeth wakes up suddenly during the night as she needs to vomit, which she takes as a sign that she is pregnant. Believing her dream has come true, she gets excited and rushes out of their hotel to buy pregnancy tests, Tom following after her. When she tries to start their car, it explodes in front of Tom, killing Elizabeth.

Devastated, Tom begins drinking, and eventually decides to seek revenge against Dolan. He purchases a handgun, a massive Smith & Wesson Model 500, and follows Dolan around town, eventually going after him one night. But before he can take the shot, a rival business of Dolan's pulls a drive-by, which fails because Dolan's Cadillac is revealed to be bulletproof.

Robinson continues to follow Dolan, who soon notices and learns his identity. The two meet at a Rest Stop in the Nevada desert, ending with a confrontation in which Dolan allows Robinson to live (albeit beaten up), believing life to be more painful for Robinson than death.

Undeterred, Robinson gets a job with a construction crew working on the roads Dolan often travels. After strenuous preparation, Robinson sets his trap: a giant pothole deep in the road, large enough to trap a car but not so large as to allow Dolan to escape by opening the doors. When Dolan's car falls into the hole, the driver is killed and another passenger (Greg Bryk) is injured. Dolan shoots him as a mercy killing and out of annoyance, as both his legs were broken and he constantly screamed in agony.

Once Dolan has been trapped, Robinson makes his presence known, telling Dolan that he is a motorist who witnessed what had happened. Dolan, however, eventually realizes that the motorist is, in fact, Robinson, and begins to beg Robinson to let him go. Robinson begins to fill up the pot hole with dirt, continuing to taunt Dolan with possibilities of his escape, none of which come to fruition.

The official from the Witness Protection program soon calls Robinson to tell him that Dolan had been on his way to a major transaction involving child sex trafficking, a crime that would have destroyed Dolan. Robinson does not care, however, and finishes filling the hole up. Robinson lays concrete blocks over the Cadillac, while Dolan screams from within the hole.

The official calls back and tells Robinson they now have enough for a conviction. Robinson drops the phone and laughs maniacally.

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Production[edit]

Popular Japanese singer Crystal Kay provided the a track entitled "Hold On" which was played during the end credits of the film.

Release[edit]

The film was released as direct-to-video production on April 6, 2010.[3] It came out on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.[4]

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