The Machinist

The Machinist

  • 2004
  • R
  • 101 min
  • USA, Spain, France
  • drama, thriller

Trevor, an insomniac lathe operator who has not slept for months, experiences unusual occurrences at work and home. A strange man follows him everywhere, but no one else seems to notice him.

Director: Brad Anderson

Writer: Scott Kosar

Stars: Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, John Sharian, Michael Ironside

Brad Anderson's dark psychological thriller about a sleepless factory worker is elevated by Christian Bale astonishingly committed performance.

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  • Brad Anderson
    Brad Anderson
    Brad Anderson is an American film director. A prolific director of thriller and horror films and television projects, he is best known for having directed The Machinist (2004), starring Christian Bale.

Main Cast


  • Andrea Gronvall (Chicago Reader)

    Until now Bale's screen persona has been defined by a graceful athleticism; here his physicality is repellent, yet he carries the occasionally creaky plot of Scott Kosar's unsettling screenplay to a resonant finish.

  • Moira McDonald (Seattle Times)

    It's one of those movies that you admire more than you enjoy, but Anderson and Kosar are clearly talents to watch.

  • Roger Moore (Orlando Sentinel)

    [Bale's] is a great performance, full of commitment and sacrifice, and The Machinist is one of the year's best films.


Tagline: A little guilt goes a long way...

Certificate: R

Genres: drama, thriller

Categories: factory, insomnia, machinist, cleaning bathroom tile, taunting, manhole, one armed man, torment, losing weight, waitress, single mother, mental breakdown


Producer: Julio Fernández

Editor: Luis de la Madrid

Director of photography: Xavi Giménez

Original music composer: Roque Baños

Executive producer: Carlos Fernández, Antonia Nava

Production design: Alain Bainée

Details and Technical Specs

Runtime: 101 min

Country: USA, Spain, France, UK

Language: English, Spanish

Sound Mix: Dolby Digital, DTS

Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1

Color: Color

Also Known As

  • L'uomo senza sonno (IT)
  • El maquinista (ES)