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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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17 October 1997 (USA)  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Despite the fact that this was filmed in Super 35, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits. See more »

Quotes

Buzz: I'm a Green Beret, I love my country and I'm gay.
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Connections

Spoofs Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969) 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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A surprisingly complex and satisfying film
30 May 1999 | by See all my reviews

I too rented this movie because I am a Drew Barrymore fan, but wasn't sad that she had a relatively small part. That's not a dis on Drew (she did just fine), but more a commentary on how good a script it was. The acting was all around solid with Dean Cain leading the pack... and surprise, surprise, Andy Dick giving his comic character some interesting depth.

Did this movie get a theatrical release? If not, it's a shame... it's one of those small indie films that could really find an audience.


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