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A recently released ex-con gets involved in a fake kidnapping scheme that turns very real.


(as Volker Schlondorff)


(novel), (screenplay)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs. Donnelly / Rhea Malroux
Rolf Hoppe ...
Felix Malroux
Odette (as Chloe Sevigny)
John Renick
Miles Meadows
Joe Hickey ...
Ralph Wilcox ...
Peter Paul DeLeo ...
Bartender (as Peter Paul Deleo)
Hal Jones ...
Salvador Levy ...
Richard Booker ...
Billy Holden
Mikki Scanlon ...
Alda renick (as Mikki McKeever)


After being released from prison on a bum charge, Harry Barber is out for some payback to regain the two years he has lost. He is hired by Mrs. Malroux to fake the kidnapping of her stepdaughter (the daughter of a dying millionaire). He discovers that he is being set up on multiple levels and will soon face a longer prison sentence if he does not prove the truth to the police. Written by Jason Ihle <>

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In a town this bad, it's hard to be good...

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

20 February 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Just Another Sucker  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$2,876,753 (USA) (20 February 1998)


$5,840,581 (USA) (15 May 1998)

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2.35 : 1
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When on the beach, walking to the right of the screen, you can see a camera man carrying his equipment. See more »


[first lines]
[palmetto bug chirping over typical prison sounds]
Harry Barber: They're not as bad as you might think. In fact, sometimes they're pretty good company.
Harry Barber: And you can get used to just about anything in prison, even a palmetto bug.
Harry Barber: I tried writing again. Nothing came out that didn't sound bitter and cynical. And there's nothing worse than a writer who doesn't have anything to say.
Harry Barber: Well... that's me, Harry Barber.
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Written by Guy Fixsen and Margaret Fiedler
Performed by Laika
Courtesy of Too Pure Records (Beggars Banquet)
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Slick And Entertaining
24 May 1999 | by (Wrexham, North Wales) – See all my reviews

This slick thriller is entertaining from start to finish. Harrelson plays Harry Barber an ex con who is lured by mega rich temptress Rhea Malroux (Elizabeth Shue) in to helping set up a straight forward bogus kidnap scheme involving her stepdaughter Odette (Chloe Sevigny) It seems simple, he can earn a lot of money for doing very little. As the plot thickens Harry finds out that things, and people, are not what they seem and that is where the trouble begins. Harrelson is convincing in the lead and Sevigny is very good as the rich kid, although Elizabeth Shue tends to overact her part. The biggest crime in this film is that of Gina Gershon, who seems wasted in a weak role as Harry's girlfriend. The film on a whole is good though, and because of this you can almost forgive a 'Batman' style ending!

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