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While escaping from a foiled robbery attempt, three thieves find themselves surrounded by police at a New Orleans bar--only they're not the people the police are searching for. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Directed by
Kevin Spacey 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Christian Forte 

Produced by
Barbara A. Hall .... line producer
Bradley Jenkel .... producer (as Brad Jenkel)
Brad Krevoy .... producer
Steven Stabler .... producer (as Steve Stabler)
Original Music by
Michael Brook 
Cinematography by
Mark Plummer 
Film Editing by
Jay Cassidy 
Casting by
David Rubin 
Production Design by
Nelson Coates 
Art Direction by
Burton Rencher 
Costume Design by
Isis Mussenden 
Makeup Department
Felicity Bowring .... co-makeup key artist
Kimberly Greene .... makeup department head
Cheryl Markowitz .... hair assistant
Cheryl Markowitz .... makeup assistant
Mel McKinney .... key hair stylist
Pamela Roth .... makeup assistant (uncredited)
Production Management
P. Todd Coe .... post-production supervisor
Barbara A. Hall .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andrew M. Flinn .... second assistant director: additional photography
Susan J. Hellmann .... second assistant director (as Susan Hellmann)
Jack S. Krevoy .... second second assistant director (as Jack Krevoy)
Scott Robertson .... second second assistant director (as Scott Andrew Robertson)
Matthew H. Rowland .... first assistant director: additional photography
John Rusk .... first assistant director
Art Department
Brian Bird .... art department coordinator
Carlos Chacon .... carpenter
Thomas Conger .... set dresser
Luis Cuevas .... carpenter
Michael T. Daigle .... charge scenic
Peter Scott Delano .... carpenter
Nicholas Dorr .... stand-by carpenter/scenics
Daniel DuPont .... leadperson (as Daniel P. Dupont)
Stacy Flora .... carpenter
Anna Gadsby .... leadperson
Matt Gilmore .... art department assistant
Allison Gobbell .... scenic painter (as Allison Gobbell)
Michael E. Goldman .... draftsman
James Harper .... set dresser
Julian Inglis .... carpenter
Thomas D. Krausz .... lead man
Thomas D. Krausz .... set dresser
Leslie Lawson .... gang boss
Leslie Lawson .... scenic painter
Garry McEvoy .... scenic painter
Christy McGeachy .... set dresser (as Christie Herndon-McGeachy)
Jon P. Mooers .... stand-by carpenter/scenics (as Jon Moores)
Byron Perez .... carpenter
Francisco Pérez .... carpenter (as Francisco Perez)
Jacques Rey .... storyboard artist
Frank Rosen .... assistant property master
Robert Silvey .... art department assistant
Adrian St. Clair .... scenic painter
Linda Lee Sutton .... set decorator: additional photography (as Linda Sutton)
Michael Vaccaro .... construction coordinator (as Michael A. Vaccaro)
Dorian Vernacchio .... scenery
Richard K. Wright .... property master
Sound Department
Christopher Assells .... sound effects editor (as Chris 'The Cat' Assells)
Karen Baker Landers .... co-supervising sound editor (as Karen M. Baker)
Bob Bowman .... sound assistant
Spartan Castiglioni .... stage recordist
Dino Dimuro .... sound effects editor
Thom 'Coach' Ehle .... consultant: Dolby
Ann Fisher .... dialogue editor
Don Givens .... foley recordist
Eric J. Goldstein .... boom operator (as Eric Goldstein)
Eric J. Goldstein .... boom operator
Jessica Goodwin .... assistant sound editor
Tim Groseclose .... sound assistant
Per Hallberg .... supervising sound editor (as Per Halberg)
Dan Hegeman .... dialogue editor
Doug Hemphill .... sound re-recording mixer (as D.M. Hemphill)
Philip A. Hess .... foley editor (as Phil Hess)
Ellen Heuer .... foley artist
Craig S. Jaeger .... foley supervisor (as Craig Jaeger)
David Jobe .... foley mixer
Diane Linn .... adr recordist
Jennifer L. Mann .... additional sound (as Jennifer Mann)
Paul Massey .... sound re-recording mixer
Christopher Moriana .... foley artist (as Chris Moriana)
Philip D. Morrill .... assistant sound editor
Philip D. Morrill .... sound assistant
Matt Patterson .... stage recordist
Brian Pierson .... additional sound
Charleen Richards .... adr mixer
Lauren Stephens .... dialogue editor (as Lauren Stephans)
Lauren Stephens .... sound editor
Roger V. Stevenson .... boom operator
Peter Michael Sullivan .... sound effects editor
Mark Weingarten .... sound editor
Mark Weingarten .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Diane Carlucci .... special effects administrator
John C. Carlucci .... special effects coordinator
Lou Carlucci .... special effects supervisor
Jay Neyens .... special effects technician
Ken Tarallo .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Lloyd Lee Barnett .... digital artist
Clayton R. Marsh .... optical lineup (as Clay Marsh)
Mindy Minkow .... optical camera operator
Marc Scott .... digital compositor
David Sewell .... visual effects artist
Dan Valliere .... optical color timer
Daniel W. Barringer .... assistant stunt coordinator (as Daniel Barringer)
Doug Coleman .... stunt coordinator
Scott Alan Cook .... stunts
Matthew James Gulbranson .... stunt driver (as Matt Gulbranson)
Eddie Matthews .... stunt double: matt dillon
J.P. Romano .... stunts
Jim Stephan .... stunts
Jim Wilkey .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Tim Angelo .... grip
Tim Bourque .... electrician
Helen Chough .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, additional photography
Chris Conway .... gaffer
Rick Davis .... key grip
Jerry Day .... key grip: additional photography
Mark DeGeorge .... best boy grip
Mark DeGeorge .... dolly grip
David M. Goldstein .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, additional photography (as David Goldstein)
Richard R. Harrison .... grip (as Richard Harrison)
Bernd Heinl .... director of photography: additional photography (as Barnd Heinel)
Dan Kneece .... Steadicam operator
Martin J. Layton .... second camera operator (as Marty Layton)
Lisa Lengyel .... second assistant camera: additional photography
Ron Levin .... electrician
Michael Levine .... camera operator: "b" camera, additional photography
Gideon Markham .... electrician (as Gideon Wapstrom)
John T. Martin .... dolly grip
John McCormack .... grip (as John P. McCormack)
Lincoln Morrison .... first assistant camera: second camera
Ngoli Vukani Nyirenda .... electrician (as Ngoli V. Nyirenda)
Emmett O'Lunney .... second assistant camera: second camera
Steve Reissner .... second assistant camera
Jim Sheldon .... still photographer
Lynn Smith .... first assistant camera: additional photography (as Lyn Smith)
Mark Sondag .... electrician
Kara Stephens .... camera loader
Lon Thompson .... gaffer: additional photography
Eric Trageser .... first assistant camera
Michael Walden .... video playback operator (as Michael Walden 'Vegas')
Jason Patrick Wotherspoon .... grip (as Jason P. Wotherspoon)
James C. Young .... best boy electric
Casting Department
Mike Johnson .... extras casting
Bill Kaufman .... casting assistant
Ronna Kress .... casting associate
Rob McGuire .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Raina Perlmutter .... wardrobe assistant
Lori Jean Sacks .... key costumer
Lori Jean Sacks .... set costumer
Karla Stevens .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Lane Baker .... assistant editor
Peggy Davis .... first assistant editor
David Hamme .... assistant colorist
Mike Healy .... assistant editor (as Michael Healy)
Dan Muscarella .... color timer
Mary Nelson-Duerrstein .... negative cutter
Music Department
Marcus Barone .... executive in charge of music
Michael Brook .... music arranger
Michael Brook .... musician
Bill Jackson .... music scoring mixer
Amanda Scheer-Demme .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Michael Belpedio .... driver (as Mike Belpedio)
Collin Butrum .... transportation
Michael Keys .... driver
P. Gerald Knight .... transportation coordinator
Jim Martell .... driver
Michael Matthews .... driver
Steve Shoemaker .... driver
Dotti Thompson .... transportation captain
David Walden Sr. .... driver
Other crew
Jodie Adair .... accountant: MPCA
Wenden K. Baldwin .... graphic artist: titles
Nicole Barnette .... production assistant
Ned Benson .... production intern
Grant Blakesley .... set medic
Richard Branca .... director of sound facility
James Carrick .... set medic
Tom Carroll .... production assistant
Steve Crystal .... assistant: Mr. Jenkel
Dianne Dreyer .... script supervisor
Loren Elkins .... assistant: Ms. Dunaway
Toby Forlenza .... script supervisor
Jorge A. Gallego .... distribution assistant: MPCA
Garrett Grant .... location manager
Matthew Hayutin .... assistant: Mr. Krevoy (as Matt Hayutin)
Sharon Hubbs .... production accountant (as Sharon Denese Hubbs)
Nancy Johnston-Walker .... assistant: Mr. Krevoy
Joanna L. Rees Jones .... distribution liaison: MPCA (as Joanna L. Rees-Jones)
David Mastron .... post-production accountant
Lisa McSweeney .... assistant to cast
Tim Monich .... dialect coach
P. Kevin Morris .... legal services
Jonathan Paine .... accountant: MPCA
Danielle Parsons .... assistant: Mr. Stabler
Rodney Payne .... banking services
Jade Ramsey .... production assistant
Jonathan A. Rogal .... production assistant
Jamie Ruddy .... production intern
Hal Sadoff .... banking services
Garret Savage .... production assistant
Barbara Schwartz .... assistant coordinator
Dean Shapiro .... distribution liaison: MPCA
Amaryvis Sierra .... distribution assistant: MPCA
Robert Silvey .... production assistant
Shari Sontag .... assistant accountant
Michael Unger .... assistant: Mr. Sinise
Brad Veach .... set medic
Guy Viau .... 'guy' tuning
Randy Walker .... police technical advisor
Danny Watts .... production assistant
Amy Jo Weinstein .... assistant: Mr. Dillon
Mike Welch .... assistant: Mr. Spacey
Tim Werle .... paramedic coordinator
C. Devin Whatley .... production coordinator
Holly Williamson .... assistant: Mr. Jenkel
John H. Wu .... assistant: Mr. Krevoy
Michael Haddad .... craft service (uncredited)
Bob Adams .... musical special thanks
Veronica Albano .... musical special thanks
Richard Branca .... special thanks
Richard Chadwick .... musical special thanks
Lason Lewis .... musical special thanks
Catharina Masters-Plen .... musical special thanks
Hafez Modirzadel .... musical special thanks
Lorna Ross .... musical special thanks
Anton Schwartz .... musical special thanks

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Rated R for strong violence and language
97 min
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Agent #1:Why do I always get the shit-end of these assignment? I'd like to ask that question.
Agent #2:[chuckles] What the hell were you expecting, Bobby, Waco?
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
When criminals get put in the line of police fire. When Actors get behind the cameras., 9 February 2004
Author: abyoussef from Alameda, CA

by Dane Youssef

A gang of crooks. The perfect plan. It all goes wrong. They're in trouble. The police are outside. They're cornered. What are they gonna do now?

Sound familiar?

The movie seems like it's trying to be a combination of the acting workshop, the "indie" film and the theater.

It's the kind of things that actors love--it's kind of like a workshop or a play because it mostly consists of tight focusing on the actors acting... acting angry, tense, scared, conversing, scheming, planning--giving the performers a lot of free range to really ham it all up.

A trio of crooks, one leader, one goon, one brother, come up with a big heist scheme... and a monkey wrench is thrown into the works. To top things off, there's a bit of a "fender-bender" and one of the crooks in flung through the back of the windshield.

The cops are on their tail and they stumble into a bar named poetically (and leadenly) "Dino's Last Chance."

Spacey, as a director, tries to keep the focus on the actors' performances and delivery of dialouge. He pans over to a bright passion-red cigarette ad of a smoking and smoldering Bogart. And he keeps all the violence off-screen, really.

I think that was a mistake. Focusing on the intensity and gruesome violent scenes would have given the movie some edge.

The problem with the movie is that it moves too slow and suffers from miscasting in almost every role. Matt Dillon ("Drugstore Cowboy" and "Wild Things") seems too young and too idealistic to be the leader of this gang.

Gary Sinese seems to brooding and deep in thought to be a spineless tag-along with these guys and Joe Mantaga is effective as the traditional routine foul-swearing mad-dog police lieutenant who's all thumbs, but he isn't given anything to really do here.

William Fischter is the only actor who is believable in his role as a brainless grunt who just wants to spill blood.

And the crooks are in a tense situation where they either go to jail or they try to think of some way out of this.

Spacey lacks the ability to create a lot of tension and keep it going. The characters are mostly chatting away, trying to think of a plan... and they're to calm and too articulate. There's even a scene where the crooks are playing pool with a whole swarm of armed cops right outside, ready to strike. At one point, one of the crooks even call the police who are right outside the bar. Oh brother. Oh bother.

These cops are going to either blow them away or going to lock them up. Shouldn't the holed-up crooks be a little scared, a little uneasy? Meanwhile, all the real action is happening inside.

Someone whips out a gun, a baseball bat, which leads to an ugly confrontation off-screen and there's one more casualty that happens that's... well, kinda sad. But...

Faye Dunaway also should have spent more time with a dialect coach, improving on her New Orleans accent. Skeet Ullrich is fine in a smaller part.

A cop listening in reaches for a pack of matches at the absolute worst time is a nice look. And so is a scene where someone goes right through the rear windshield.

The dialouge is obviously trying to go for a David Mamet approach and it's as profane, but never as realistic or as insightful. I'm guessing Christian Forte is a fan Mamet fan.

The movie feels like too much of what it really is... a really low-budget movie with an actor behind the camera for the first time directing other actors from a script that's "not bad, but needs a few more re-writes." Spacey shows he's not a terrible director, but he lacks a sort of feel for "shaping a movie" and it feels like he's just filming actors act.

These actors are all talented and could work with the material, but they all feel out of place. As I said before, the movie really suffers from miscasting.

I don't mean that the wrong actors were cast. I think they found just the right cast, but placed them in all the wrong roles. I think switching some of the roles would've helped immensely.

Having veteran mob actor Joe Mantagna play the leader of the pack, Gary Sinese as the angry police lieutenant outside on his bullhorn giving orders and barking at his troops, keeping Fischter in his "bloodthirsty goon" part and Matt Dillion as the sacrificial lamb. That would have been a big improvement.

When some actors direct, it works. They can even win Oscars for it. But a lot of the time, when actors direct, they have a tendency to just focus on the performances. Just shoot the actors acting.

Sometimes it works... but they need a good showcase for it. An excuse for it.

Hostage situations are all pretty much the same in real life just like coming-of-age stories so it's only natural that movies about them will go from point A to point B as well.

There are a few really great entries into this genre.' Spacey himself appeared in a similar movie about hostage situations: "The Negotiator."

This certainly won't become a cult classic, let alone one of AFI's 100. Still, it does have a few nice moments and personal touches, but in the end, it's instantly forgettable and the kind of movie that would play best on regular TV. It's just not worth going out of your way to see.

I give a 3 out of 10.

Spacey's other directorial credit, "Beyond The Sea" was reportedly a better effort. Hmmm... maybe it's true. You need to fail before you succeed.

--One Bad Alabaster Crocodile, Dane Youssef

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