Vengeance: A Love Story

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Vengeance: A Love Story
Vengeance A Love Story poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJohnny Martin
Produced byNicolas Cage
Michael Mendelsohn
Screenplay byJohn Mankiewicz
Based onRape: A Love Story
by Joyce Carol Oates
StarringNicolas Cage
Don Johnson
Anna Hutchison
Talitha Bateman
Deborah Kara Unger
Music byFrederik Wiedmann
CinematographyDavid Stragmeister
Saturn Films
Patriot Pictures
Distributed byFilmRise
Release date
  • March 27, 2017 (2017-03-27) (United Kingdom)
  • September 15, 2017 (2017-09-15) (United States)
Running time
99 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
Box office$73,270[1]

Vengeance: A Love Story is a 2017 American thriller film directed by Johnny Martin and written by John Mankiewicz. It is based on the 2003 novel Rape: A Love Story by Joyce Carol Oates. The film stars Nicolas Cage, Don Johnson, Anna Hutchison, Talitha Bateman and Deborah Kara Unger. The film was released on September 15, 2017, by FilmRise.


A policeman investigating a single mother's rape soon takes matters into his own hands after the attackers are acquitted in court.



Originally, production with Samuel L. Jackson, Dianne Wiest and Abigail Breslin associated, was set to be filmed in Michigan in 2009, under its film incentive program. Scouts arrived in fall 2008 and production was halted.[5] On February 7, 2016, Nicolas Cage joined the cast of the film.[2] On March 8, 2016, it was announced Nicolas Cage would direct the film, though he later dropped out of directing.[6] On April 22, 2016, Anna Hutchison joined the cast.[3] On May 12, 2016, Don Johnson joined the cast.[4] Principal photography began on April 21, 2016.[7]


The film was released direct to video in the United Kingdom on March 27, 2017.[8] In the United States, the film was released on September 15, 2017, by FilmRise.[1] The Los Angeles Times was negative towards the film, criticizing the script as "melodramatic" and "ham-handed," the directing as "heavy-handed" and "cliché-ridden," and Cage's performance of John Dromoor as "detached."[9]


  1. ^ a b c "Vengeance: A Love Story (2017)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2017-09-18.
  2. ^ a b Dave McNary (2016-02-07). "Berlin: Nicolas Cage Starring in 'Vengeance: a Love Story'". Variety. Retrieved 2016-12-11.
  3. ^ a b "Anna Hutchison Joins Nicolas Cage in 'Vengeance: A Love Story'". 2016-04-22. Retrieved 2016-12-11.
  4. ^ a b c d "Cannes: Don Johnson Joins 'Vengeance: A Love Story' (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. 2016-05-12. Retrieved 2016-12-11.
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  6. ^ Dave McNary (2016-03-08). "Nicolas Cage Directing 'Vengeance: A Love Story'". Variety. Retrieved 2016-12-11.
  7. ^ "On the Set for 4/22/16: Denzel Washington & Scott Rudin Roll Cameras on 'Fences', Will Smith Wraps 'Collateral Beauty'". SSN Insider. 2016-04-22. Retrieved 2016-12-11.
  8. ^ "Vengeance: A Love Story en DVD ou Blu Ray". Retrieved 2017-09-18.
  9. ^ Rechtshaffen, Michael (September 15, 2017). "A remote Nicolas Cage doesn’t help the melodramatic 'Vengeance: A Love Story'". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 1, 2018.

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