The Human Contract (2008)

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  • IMDb page: The Human Contract (2008)
  • Rate: 5.0/10 total 761 votes 
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 18 March 2010 (Israel)
  • Filming Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Director: Jada Pinkett Smith
  • Stars: Jason Clarke, Paz Vega and Idris Elba
  • Original Music By: The Graves Brothers (original music by) Anthony Marinelli   
  • Plot Keyword: Abusive Husband | Childhood Memory | Divorce | Video Camera | Husband Wife Relationship

Writing Credits By:

  • Jada Pinkett Smith (written by)

Known Trivia

  • In the cemetery scene there is a grave marker with the name Makaveli and the dates 1971-1996 on it. This is a tribute to Director/Writer Jada Pinkett Smith’s close friend and rapper/actor Tupac Shakur whom she knew since they were young adults.

Plot: A successful corporate type harboring a deep, dark secret befriends a free-spirited stranger who encourages him to ditch his stuffy lifestyle and live life in reckless abandon. Full summary » |  »

Story: Locked doors, and the monster inside us. In L.A., tightly-wound Julian Wright is separated. He meets Michael, she's seductive and uninhibited; by chance, a few days later they connect. The PR firm where he's creative director is competing to be bought by a household name (think Proctor & Gamble); winning will bring money, status, and a big ad budget. His firm's win depends on both his ideas and his maintaining traditional values; so, he puts his divorce on hold. His family adds problems: childhood memories and his sister's abusive husband threaten his balance. His fuse is short. Will self control hold obsession and fury in check, or is Michael the spark that will start a conflagration?Written by <>  


Synopsis: The film centers on Julian Wright (Clarke), a charming and mega-successful businessman who hides a secret from the rest of the world which tears his soul apart every day. With his personal life in shambles, Julian will find himself willing to travel down the rabbit hole, as it were, when he meets Michael Reed (Vega), a gorgeous stranger who entices Julian to forget his rigid corporate world and try a more bohemian lifestyle, a decision that will not only affect his own life but those of his boss and co-workers, as well as inspire his half-sister Rita (Pinkett Smith) to re-examine her life with her abusive husband.

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Produced By:

  • David Dinenberg known as executive producer
  • David Grasso known as executive producer
  • Mike Jackson known as producer
  • David Koplan known as executive producer
  • James Lassiter known as executive producer
  • Miguel Melendez known as producer
  • Carol Ann Shine known as consulting producer
  • Will Smith known as executive producer
  • Dawn Thomas known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Jason Clarke known as Julian Wright
  • Paz Vega known as Michael
  • Idris Elba known as Larry
  • T.J. Thyne known as Greg
  • Joanna Cassidy known as Rose
  • Steven Brand known as Boyd
  • Jada Pinkett Smith known as Rita
  • Ted Danson known as E.J Winters
  • Anne Ramsay known as Cheryl
  • Tava Smiley known as Brenda
  • Karl Makinen known as Tony
  • William Abadie known as Joseph
  • Daniel Escobar known as Seth
  • Nicole Muirbrook known as Thalia (as Nicole Muirbrook Wagner)
  • Kenneth Dolin known as Mr. Stealth
  • Ray Laska known as Mr. Klein
  • Titus Welliver known as Mr. Praylis
  • Caleeb Pinkett known as Ricky the Bartender
  • Cody Benjamin Lee known as Daniel
  • Brody Nicholas Lee known as Derrick
  • Tessa Thompson known as Waitress
  • Nina Barry known as Rachel
  • Brett Lee Alexander known as Young Julian
  • Bruce Mathews known as Mugging Victim
  • Mustafa Harris known as Prison guard
  • Kathryne Isabelle Easton known as Museum Docent
  • Tiffany Adams known as Waitress (uncredited)
  • Alexia Aleman known as Lynn (uncredited)
  • Ashley Ausburn known as Neighbor (uncredited)
  • Ken Edling known as Upscale Guest (uncredited)
  • Paul Karami known as Karami (uncredited)
  • Deborah Ouellette known as Art Critic (uncredited)
  • Michael Ouellette known as Art Critic (uncredited)
  • Jobeth Wagner known as Emo (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Monica Di Venti known as hair stylist
  • David Fields known as hair department head
  • Laura Leppanen known as key makeup artist
  • Araxi Lindsey known as key hair stylist
  • Rhonda O'Neal known as hair stylist
  • Sian Richards known as makeup department head

Art Department:

  • Bill Benavides known as set dresser
  • David Benavides known as set dresser
  • James Diggs known as lead painter
  • R. Scott Doran known as leadman
  • Ruby Flores known as storyboard artist
  • Jeffery Goyer known as construction coordinator
  • Meg Harker known as art department coordinator
  • Thomas D. Krausz known as set dresser
  • David Lake known as set dresser
  • Geoffrey Mandel known as graphic designer
  • Caty Maxey known as art director: set
  • Marc Meisels known as set dresser
  • Randy Molique known as on-set dresser
  • Jason Moore known as set dresser
  • Paul Pastorelli known as gang boss
  • Natalie Richards known as set designer
  • F. Andrew Scott known as paint gang boss
  • Brady Stallings known as property master


Production Companies:

  • Overbrook Entertainment (presents)
  • Tycoon Entertainment (presents)
  • 100% Womon (production)

Other Companies:

  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera cranes
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Direct Tools & Fasteners  expendables
  • Film Emporium Insurance Services  insurance brokers
  • Film Emporium  insurance brokers
  • Film Finances  completion guarantor
  • Headquarters Casting  extras casting
  • Sonic Magic  sound post-production
  • Square Tite Entertainment & Marketing  hair and makeup
  • Square Tite Entertainment & Marketing  hair stylist


  • Eagle Films (2008) (non-USA) (all media) (Middle East)
  • Indies Home Entertainment (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD) (retail)
  • Movie Bank (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD) (rental)
  • Paris Filmes (2010) (Brazil) (DVD)
  • SBP (2012) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (Canada) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD)

..{tab=Other Stuff}Release Date:

  • Germany 12 September 2008 (Oldenburg International Film Festival)
  • USA 28 October 2008 (Chicago International Film Festival)
  • USA 30 June 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Australia 22 January 2010 (Blu-ray premiere)
  • Israel 18 March 2010
  • Hungary 16 April 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Mexico 7 May 2010
  • Argentina 30 May 2010 (TV premiere)
  • Netherlands 20 July 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Spain 30 July 2010
  • Peru 7 April 2011

MPAA: Rated R for strong sexual content, language and violence


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