The Shaft

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Down is a 2001 horror film written and directed by Dick Maas about a killer elevator, starring James Marshall and Naomi Watts. The film is also known as The Shaft, which is the name used for the United States DVD release. The film is a remake of the... read more

Down is a 2001 horror film written and directed by Dick Maas about a killer elevator, starring James Marshall and Naomi Watts. The film is also known as The Shaft, which is the name used for the United States DVD release. The film is a remake of the 1983 Dutch film De Lift (The Elevator), which was also directed by Maas. Watts plays the role of pushy journalist Jennifer Evans, and Marshall is Mark, an elevator repairman and former Marine. The movie was mainly filmed in the Netherlands, although the crew briefly visited New York City and the District of Columbia as well for exterior shots. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2001, but was not released on video in the United States until two years later. Produced before the September 11, 2001, attacks, the film makes several references to the possibility of terrorists attacking New York City and even specifically about Osama bin Laden, the use of airplanes by terrorists, and the Twin Towers.

Original Release

09/06/2001

Cast

Naomi Watts Jennifer Evans
James Marshall Mark Newman
Michael Ironside Gunter Steinberg
Edward Herrmann Milligan
Dan Hedaya Lt. McBain
Ron Perlman Mitchell
Kathryn Meisle Mildred
Martin McDougall Security Guard Andy
John Cariani Security Guard Gary
Eric Thal Jeffrey
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Dick Maas

Writers

Dick Maas

Cast

Naomi Watts Jennifer Evans
James Marshall Mark Newman
Michael Ironside Gunter Steinberg
Edward Herrmann Milligan
Dan Hedaya Lt. McBain
Ron Perlman Mitchell
Kathryn Meisle Mildred
Martin McDougall Security Guard Andy
John Cariani Security Guard Gary
Eric Thal Jeffrey
David Gwillim Blind Man
Peter Banks Maintenance Chief
Todd Boyce ESU Captain
Ike Barinholtz Assistant Milligan (Niles Benson)
Thierry Audenaerde Man in elevator #2
Nicolas de Pruyssenaere Man #2
Michael Philip Del Rio ESU Cop (New York)
Bobby Dye Male Nurse
Ian Elliott Man in elevator #1
Frank Hopf Police officer

Producers

Laurens Geels Executive Producer
William S. Gilmore Executive Producer
Heinz Thym Executive Producer
Frank Thies Executive Producer
Laurens Geels Producer
Dick Maas Producer
William S. Gilmore Producer
Heinz Thym Producer

Editors

Bert Rijkelijkhuizen

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