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Bale's 'Machinist' a Gaunt and Gripping Thriller

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Bale's 'Machinist' a Gaunt and Gripping Thriller

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Bale's 'Machinist' a Gaunt and Gripping Thriller

Bale's 'Machinist' a Gaunt and Gripping Thriller

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Christian Bale lost more than 60 pounds to play the title role in 'The Machinist.' Paramount Classics hide caption

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The film The Machinist is a psychological thriller starring an emaciated Christian Bale as a dying insomniac. The actor turns in a harrowing physical performance in a movie drained of color. NPR's Bob Mondello offers a review.