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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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A comedy thriller about four men, a wedding and everybody's funeral. See more »


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Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »
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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 »

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The Vet: A uniform does not make a soldier. A soldier is someone who is willing to stand up and fight for what he believes in. Be it his God, his country or his friends. And it does not matter if you are black, white, red, yellow, male, female, straight or gay. We all bleed the same.
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References Dog Day Afternoon (1975) See more »

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Burn To Shine
Performed by Ben Lee
Written by Ben Lee
Produced by T Bone Burnett
Engineered and Mixed by Patrick McCarthy
Courtesy of Grand Royal Records
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Not what you would expect...
30 July 1999 | by (Denver, CO) – See all my reviews

When I rented this movie, I was thinking that it would be a comedy. Instead, this movie turned out to be more of a drama. I was very surprised with this movie and even a little curious as to why I had never heard of it before seeing it at the video store. Perhaps it is because it isn't a comedy like most people would expect. I really liked this movie. It isn't a vehicle for Drew Barrymore, if that is what you are expecting, but her part is one that she does well in. Dean Cain also turns in a worthy performance. I think most will be surprised at how touching and even moving this movie is if they give it a chance.


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