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After he accidentally kills his father, Mike, during a sting, Joe tries to carry out Mike's dying wish by recovering valuables that Mike's twin brother Lou stole from him years earlier. But Uncle Lou is also a confidence artist, and Joe is soon drawn into his increasingly dangerous schemes. Written by
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Nicolas Cage came onto the set dressed up with a wig, albino contact lenses and dark sunglasses because he thought this would add more authenticity to the character of two-bit hustler, Eddie. Cage was told that he could dress up however he wanted for his part. See more »
In the final scene when the money in the attaché case is handed over, the money is wrapped in bundles but when the case is split open on the carousel the money falls loosely to the floor. See more »
Most people like to think they have some degree of control over their lives. The truth is we're subject to the influence of others. Those who appreciate this can make a lot of money from those who don't. But any small-time grifter who ever dealt off the bottom of a deck can tell you that. What I can tell you about is the price one pays for peddling confidence. How every mark you fleece takes away a piece of your soul, and what happens when you try to pick up the pieces.
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Great cast (and crew, apparently, all related as Coppolas) that has little to work with here, and as a result, the film comes up very short. An unsatisfying conclusion that the viewer suspects all along, along with the usual plot twists that couldn't seem to happen but do (yes, it's only a movie, but please...). Mamet and others ("The Grifters", for example) make better versions of this film. Unfortunately, a "3" and worth skipping. Notable if you'd like to see Michael Biehn's buttocks in the love scene.
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