crime thriller film starring Tom Cruise
and Jamie Foxx. It was directed by
Michael Mann and written by Stuart
• It was Mann's first feature film to be shot
mostly with high-definition cameras.
• Michael Mann chose to use the Viper Film
Stream High-Definition Camera to film many
of the scenes of Collateral, the first such use in
a major motion picture
• There are many scenes in the movie where
the use of a digital camera is evident, in
particular, scenes where the Los Angeles
skyline or landscape is visible in the
• One event of note was the filming of the
coyotes running across the road; the low-light
capability allowed Mann to spontaneously
film the fox without having to set up lighting
for the shot.
• Mann would later employ the same camera
for the filming of Miami Vice.
• The sequence in the Korean nightclub was
shot in 35mm.
• The film was co-produced by DreamWorks and
Paramount Pictures. The former studio would
handle North American rights, while the latter
held international rights. Upon Paramount's
purchase of DreamWorks in 2006, they also
acquired the US/Canadian rights. Paramount
released the film on Blu-ray on March
30, 2010 (the first Region 1 video release that
they distributed, previous releases were
distributed by Universal Studios).
• Upon Paramount's purchase of DreamWorks
in 2006, they also acquired the US/Canadian
rights. Paramount released the film on Blu-ray
on March 30, 2010 (the first Region 1 video
release that they distributed, previous
releases were distributed by Universal
• Collateral sat on DreamWorks development
books for three years.
• Mimi Leder was initially attached to direct, it
then passed on to Janusz Kamioski.
• It wasn't until Russell Crowe became
interested in playing Vincent that the project
started generating any heat.
• Crowe brought Michael Mann on board, but
the constant delays meant that Crowe left the
project. Mann immediately went to Tom
Cruise with the idea of him playing the hitman
and Adam Sandler as the cabbie.
• Beattie wanted the studio to cast Robert De
Niro as Max (once again making him a taxi
driver, though the exact opposite of Travis
Bickle). However the studio refused, insisting
they wanted a younger actor in the role.
• The film opened August 6, 2004 in 3,188
theaters in the United States and Canada and
grossed $24.7 million its opening
weekend, ranking number 1 at the box
• It remained in theaters for 14 weeks and
eventually grossed $101,005,703 in the United
States and Canada. In other countries it
grossed a total of $116,758,588 for a total
worldwide gross of $217,764,291.