Slow Burn (2005 film)

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Slow Burn
Theatrical poster
Directed by Wayne Beach
Produced by Stephen Break
Written by Wayne Beach
Anthony Walton
Starring Ray Liotta
Jolene Blalock
LL Cool J
Mekhi Phifer
Taye Diggs
Bruce McGill
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Guy Torry
Music by Jeff Rona
Cinematography Wally Pfister
Edited by Kristina Boden
Distributed by DEJ Productions
GreeneStreet Films International
Lions Gate Entertainment
Release date(s)
  • September 13, 2005 (2005-09-13) (TIFF)
  • April 13, 2007 (2007-04-13)
Running time 93 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $15,000,000[1]
Box office $1,797,256 [2]

Slow Burn is an American drama thriller film starring Ray Liotta, Jolene Blalock and LL Cool J, which is notable for the extended period between production and eventual release. A crime drama, the film was produced in 2003, was finally given a showing at the 2005 Toronto Film Festival, and finally got a proper theatrical release in 2007.



It was released in American theaters on April 13, 2007, but performed poorly. It had an opening weekend of $778,123 in ticket sales and closed in just 2 weeks with a domestic total of $1,237,615 and $559,641 from foreign markets for a worldwide total of $1,797,256.[2] The DVD was released in North America on July 24, 2007 and sold 44,720 units in the opening weekend, translating to revenue of $893,953. This does not include Blu-ray/DVD sales rentals and sales tracking does not extend beyond the first week.[3]

The film has themes of inter-racial dating, "passing" or pretending to be a member of another race, stereotypes included, and using a rape defense to the accusation of murder.


Slow Burn received negative reviews from critics, as the film holds a 12% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 33 reviews.


The screenplay is based on a short story by Wayne Beach and Anthony Walton. Wayne Beach converted the story to screenplay and directed the film.[4]


  1. ^ "Slow Burn Box Office Data". The Numbers. Nash Information Services. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Slow Burn (2007). Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
  3. ^ Movie Slow Burn - DVD Sales. The Numbers. Retrieved 2010-10-31.
  4. ^ Tabouring, Franck (2007-04-17). Slow Burn - Ray Liotta. Retrieved 2010-10-31.

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