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Claire Kelsky
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Kitty
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The Boss
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Dr. Wexler
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Jimmy
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Duncan
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Stykes
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Benny
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Boulez
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Ives
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Bosch
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Paul
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Simms
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Claire is a tough gang member that has to find the Boss' mistress, Kitty, who ran away from him. She is accompanied by Boss' trigger-happy son Jimmy. Claire's colleague gangster Nick is terminally ill and cancer starts to take over him. Written by Anonymous

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$4,000,000 (estimated)
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Claire Kelsky: Alright boys, I'm in.
[sitting down to play poker]
Bosch: I could use the challenge... take anymore from these boys and I'm gonna own 'em outright.
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Not for everyone, but see it and hopefully enjoy.
13 January 2001 | by (Gateshead, England) – See all my reviews

I like this movie. It's not bad at all as a story of betrayal and new beginnings.The humour is quirky and at times the violence startling, but I enjoyed it sufficiently to obtain a copy for my video library. Jennifer Leitzes' film certainly gets your attention from the very first scene.

This is an action movie. Ammunition consumption is enormous and the products of the gun makers' art send many malevolent bad hats to their doom. Good will to one's fellow man (or woman!) is in short supply in "Montana". The story proceeds with a brisk clarity, something I think is quite refreshing when there are so many movies around relying upon incredible plotting and intrusive style statements.

See this movie too for the sometimes surprising casting. I'm not sure Kyra Sedgwick would have been my first choice to play Claire Kelsky. No matter, her astute, charmless and dangerous sub-boss in the gang is professionally done. Claire is matched in status in the outfit by Nicholas Roth, one of the best character creations I've seen from Stanley Tucci. His lightning fast, well-read and refined killer is a classic. I'm impressed too by John Ritter's chilling Doctor Wexler, what a carnivore!

Robbie Coltrane matches the quality of these performances with his portrayal of the ruthless Boss, the maker of the one big and fatal mistake in the story, i.e. that of failing to recognise in his relationship with Claire Kelsky and Nicholas Roth that loyalty works both ways or not at all. Duncan, the sharp, slippery money man is the excellent creation of Philip Seymore Hoffman. His dialogue with Kitty, the trapped but quietly determined gangster's moll, played by the equally good Robin Tunney, provides one of the key moments in the movie.

The coarse language will offend some viewers, but I found it interesting and stimulating entertainment. So, not for everyone, but see it and hopefully enjoy.


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