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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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Aspect Ratio:

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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Riveting thriller.
6 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

Apart from one central problem (Elisabeth Shue certainly has the body, but not the inherent tough-girl attitude her role requires; in other words, she's miscast), I personally cannot understand how anyone can claim to be a mystery fan and not like this movie. Absorbing storytelling (which takes its time), some tense moments (the body in the car trunk) and many great, totally unpredictable surprises that even the most hardened genre buffs will not guess. Riveting and interesting from beginning to end. (***)

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