Columbus Day (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Columbus Day (2008)
  • Rate: 5.4/10 total 1,833 votes 
  • Genre: Crime | Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 90 min
  • Filming Location: Echo Park, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Budget: $7,000,000(estimated)
  • Director: Charles Burmeister
  • Stars: Val Kilmer, Bobb'e J. Thompson and Richard Edson
  • Original Music By: Michael A. Levine   
  • Soundtrack: They Took The Fall
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Thief | Father Daughter Relationship | Shotgun | Hit With A Baseball Bat | Suffocation

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Charles Burmeister  written by

Known Trivia

  • Charles Burmeister’s script for Columbus Day won the Chesterfield Screenwriting Fellowship sponsored by Paramount Pictures and was named Top 30 of 5,500 scripts in the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ Nicholl Fellowship.
  • Val Kilmer had to undergo over an hour of daily makeup to look older for the role. Kilmer insisted on this to increase realism and even brought in his makeup artist from Tombstone to facilitate the desired “raw” look.
  • Producer Kevin Spacey and Trigger Street Productions sold the movie to producer Elie Samaha against the wishes of the director and cast, who viewed the film as an indie drama and thought Samaha’s involvement would compromise the film.
  • Although the film was conceived of as an indie drama, when producer Elie Samaha took control of the film, he attempted to change the film to fit the action genre. Samaha recut the film against the wishes of the director and cast. This included shooting new action scenes. Since Val Kilmer refused to shoot these new scenes, Samaha used a stunt double to play the part of Kilmer. There are now two versions of the film: The director’s cut (a quiet, character-based drama intended for film festivals like Sundance), and Samaha’s action-based cut, intended for a video release in Eastern Europe.
  • The version released on video in the U.S. is producer Elie Samaha’s recut of the film, which was rejected by the writer/director as well as the principal cast and crew. There are no plans for a release of the director’s cut.

Plot: A thief tries to fix the damage done during the biggest heist of his career.  »

Story: A thief tries to fix the damage done during the biggest heist of his career.


Synopsis: John Cologne (Val Kilmer) has just pulled off the biggest heist of his life and is racing to get rid of the merchandise before he leaves for Florida to retire. The plans get mixed up when he meets a young boy in a downtown park who helps him to realize the important things he needs to change in his life. Before he can do that, he must unload the mysterious briefcase to the same gangster he stole it from without getting killed. The quick-witted John comes up with a plan and enlists the help of his friend Max (Wilmer Valderrama) to safely unload the merchandise. He’s in a race against the clock to stay alive and make all the money he’d ever need for the rest of his life all in one afternoon. If he succeeds he can finally rekindle his relationship with his ex-wife (Marg Helgenberger) and become the father he’s always wanted to be.

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Produced By:

  • Eric Amadio known as executive producer
  • Evan Astrowsky known as producer
  • Dana Brunetti known as producer
  • Simon Fawcett known as executive producer
  • Bruce Wayne Gillies known as line producer
  • Ewa Jakubas known as producer
  • Val Kilmer known as producer
  • Donald Kushner known as executive producer
  • Bert Marcus known as executive producer
  • Joseph Merhi known as executive producer
  • Jack Nasser known as executive producer
  • Wojtek Palys known as executive producer
  • Elie Samaha known as executive producer
  • Kevin Spacey known as producer
  • Jonathan Yudis known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Val Kilmer known as John Cologne
  • Bobb'e J. Thompson known as Antoine
  • Richard Edson known as Manny
  • Marg Helgenberger known as Alice
  • Ivana Milicevic known as Cheryl
  • Lobo Sebastian known as Jimmy Espinosa
  • Michael Muhney known as Detective Daniels
  • Sean Blakemore known as Officer Walters
  • Wilmer Valderrama known as Max
  • Ashley Johnson known as Alana
  • Mark Kelly known as Leonard
  • Miles Platt known as Edward
  • Jack McGee known as Paul
  • Courtney Thomas known as Woman
  • Shelley Malil known as Babul
  • Dot Jones known as Cop #1 (as Dot-Marie Jones)
  • Wilson Tai known as Tech Cop (as Wilson W. Tai)
  • Larrs Jackson known as Executive Man
  • Melissa Bacelar known as Cute Girl in Park
  • Rick Avery known as Driver
  • Bryan Hanna known as Jake
  • David Winston Barge known as Detective
  • Sadey Paige Nifong known as Kid in the Park
  • Tayelor Nifong known as Parade Kid
  • Marie Antoinette known as Woman (uncredited)
  • Rocco Passafaro known as Freddie (uncredited)
  • Marc Schaffer known as Garbage Truck Driver (uncredited)
  • John H. Tobin known as Viola Player (uncredited)
  • Eric Thomas Wilson known as Cop #2 (uncredited)

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  • David Atherton known as makeup artist: Val Kilmer
  • David Atherton known as makeup department head
  • Yuko T. Koach known as assistant makeup artist (as Yuko Tokunaga)
  • Peter Montagna known as key makeup artist
  • Traci E. Smithe known as key hair stylist

Art Department:

  • Alona P. Acerden known as greensman
  • Anthony A. Altomare known as assistant art director
  • Tom Brainard known as art department coordinator
  • Carrie Brody known as laborer
  • Christopher Cuneo known as propmaker gang boss
  • Steve Dennis known as scenic painter
  • Nicolas Locke known as assistant art director
  • Jimmy Martinez known as laborer
  • Jake Nelson known as storyboard artist
  • Scott Nifong known as property master
  • Carl Nunez known as greens foreman
  • Ronnie Rose known as labor foreman
  • Palmer Schallon known as carpenter
  • Steven Sutphen known as assistant property master
  • William Sutphen known as set dresser
  • Bill Thompson known as propmaker
  • Taylor Thompson known as set dresser
  • Maria Vargas known as labor foreman
  • Phillip Vargas known as laborer
  • Maret Wicken known as painter gangboss
  • Roy T. Wood known as carpenter


Production Companies:

  • Bert Marcus Productions
  • Columbus Day the Movie LLC
  • Trigger Street Productions

Other Companies:

  • Stone, Meyer, Genow, Smelkinson and Binder  legal representation
  • William Morris Agency (WMA)  casting
  • Aramid Capital Partners  funding
  • Bill Dance Casting  extras casting
  • Clairmont Camera  cameras provided by
  • Cutting Edge Group  music services
  • Film Finances  completion guarantor
  • Hollywood Script Research  script clearances
  • J.L. Fisher  cranes and dollies
  • Level 3 Post  post production
  • Mercury Sound Studios  sound re-recording studio
  • New Century Arts  funding
  • Paws for Effect  animals provided by
  • Pierce Law Group  production & finance counsel
  • Post Force Inc.  sound editorial facility
  • Westwind Media  post production


  • Anchor Bay Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • Eagle Entertainment (2009) (Australia) (DVD)
  • Eagle Films (2008) (non-USA) (all media) (Middle East)
  • Gativideo (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • IPA Asia Pacific (2009) (Taiwan) (all media)
  • IPA Asia Pacific (2009) (Thailand) (all media)
  • IPA Asia Pacific (2009) (Vietnam) (DVD)
  • Indies Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (retail)
  • Ledafilms (2009) (Mexico) (TV)
  • Lightning Media (II) (2009) (USA) (all media)
  • Movie Bank (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (rental)

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Special Effects:

  • Ultimate Effects (special effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • O.T. Hight known as inferno artist

Release Date:

  • USA 2008
  • Poland 28 April 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Germany 26 September 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Italy 19 November 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Iceland 12 February 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Argentina 6 May 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Australia 27 May 2009 (Blu-ray premiere)
  • Netherlands 30 June 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Hungary 21 October 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 24 February 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Spain 26 June 2010

MPAA: Rated R for some violence and language


Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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