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Harry Donovan
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Prof. Marieke van den Broeck
Thomas Lockyer ...
Alastair Davies
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Turley (prosecutor)
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Iain Ill
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Deeks
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Milton A. Donovan
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Agachi
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Prof. Scheerding
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Olivier Pierre ...
Lecuyer
Peter Gale ...
Westerbrook
David Marrick ...
Bright
Dudley Sutton ...
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Harry Donovan is an art forger who paints fake Rembrandt picture for $500,000. The girl he meets and gets into bed with in Paris, Marieke, turns out to be an arts expert Harry's clients are using to check the counterfeit picture he painted. Written by Anonymous

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Harry Donovan is a master in the art of deception... trapped in a lie so perfect even the truth can't save him.

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Rated R for language, violence and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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There is a scene in the film where Harry Donovan finds out about the death of his father (played by Rod Steiger) from heart failure in a newspaper clipping. The date of death given was Tuesday, July 9. Rod Steiger died five years later on Tuesday, July 9, 2002 of pneumonia and kidney failure. See more »

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The sound effect used for the British police cars was inaccurate. British police cars did once sound like that but that was over twenty years ago. They now sound similar to American police vehicles. See more »

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Harry Donovan: I just don't understand why you guys have to sit here and piss on other people, let alone Rembrandt.
Cafe intellectual: Professor Scheerding *proved* that the painting, The Man With The Golden Helmet, is just a cheap fake.
Prof. Scheerding: I'm sure you know that, uh, in 1930 there were over 800 *supposed* Rembrandts.
Harry Donovan: And now we're down to 241, thanks to you and your friends - and dropping. So, bully for you! Every schoolkid's favorite picture is now junk, because some self-appointed windbag has said so. You know, the problem is, ...
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It's Different, But Like The Fake Painting You Know It Could Be Better
8 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although sometimes way too slow-moving and not as involving as it should have been, this film was almost a "keeper" in my collection.

The story was different, and I liked it, about an artist producing a fake Rembrandt. Jason Patric, an interesting and underrated actor, played the role on the con 'artist,' so to speak. Appealing-looking Irene Jacob, played the female lead. She was likable, unlike Patric's character.

There are some interesting moments in this film, particularly for those who love art. There also are a few nice shots of Jacob that should please most male viewers. Overall, nothing that super but decent and worth a rental. It's different, I'll say that.....but don't expect a lot.


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