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The film opens with 4 tuxedo clad men showing up at a penitentiary to meet a friend who has just been released after three years in prison and is going straight from the jail to marry his ... See full summary »

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The film opens with 4 tuxedo clad men showing up at a penitentiary to meet a friend who has just been released after three years in prison and is going straight from the jail to marry his girl friend. En route to the wedding, one of the men asks to stop by a bank to pick up some cash. As it turns out, he is a wanted bank robber who uses Shakespeare passages during his robberies and thus has become known as "Hamlet". Soon all five men are caught up in the bank and involved in the robbery as they end up in a hostage situation. The hostage negotiator shows up who turns out to be Hamlet's father. As the men are all known to those being robbed, this quirky comedy takes a left turn as their hostages all work to support the men. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »
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17 October 1997 (USA)  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Dean Cain dedicated his performance to the memory of his uncle, Lt. Col. George Eynon "Buzz" Thomas, USAF and his family. Dean's character in the movie shares the same name as his uncle. See more »

Quotes

Teddy: [while he is talking on the phone] Oh, I understand.
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Spoofs Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) See more »

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The Conversation
Performed by Tuatara
Written by Barrett Martin, Scott McCaughey and Justin Harwood (as Justin Hardwood)
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Quite good
15 March 2000 | by See all my reviews

The movie started out very promisingly and I thought that it was going to be a hilarious comedy. But it turned out to be better than that. The characters of each person have been acted out flawlessly. The setting is good.

I can see why some people did not like it. They expected a comedy and got a drama instead. It has a bit of comedy in it, but I guess people were expecting more. The lines recited from Shakespeare are extremely well chosen and just right for the movie. This, by the way, encouraged me to read Hamlet.

The role of Drew Barrymore is small, but significant. It was quite funny seeing the whole public against the FBI. The ending was quite unexpected.

Anyway, I think that this is a beautiful movie and should be seen with an open mind.


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