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City of Ghosts (2002)

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A con man (Dillon) travels to Cambodia (also on the run from law enforcement in the U.S.) to collect his share in an insurance scam, but discovers more than he bargained for...

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Storyline

A con man flees to Southeast Asia when an international scam he was involved in goes sour. Suspecting he's been double-crossed by his long-time mentor, he sets off to Cambodia for his promised cut. What he finds there is a mysterious and hostile environment where even the most polished criminal can end up on deadly ground. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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where you go when you can't turn back. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

27 March 2003 (Israel)  »

Also Known As:

Beneath the Banyan Trees  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$30,547 (USA) (25 April 2003)

Gross:

$325,491 (USA) (20 June 2003)
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Trivia

The fruit that Sok takes back for his wife is durian. This green, soccer-ball-sized fruit has a green spiky rind and yellow, custard-like sweet flesh. It is famous for its odor. In fact, it stinks so much that it is forbidden to carry it on certain airlines, as well as in Singapore's public transport system. This is why Jimmy asks "Is it supposed to smell like that?" See more »

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Towards the end of the movie Jimmy is lying in the back seat of the cab with a red shirt covering his face. The cab driver wakes him up and Jimmy exits the cab and puts on a green shirt. See more »

Quotes

Marvin: You was supposed to stay put until you heard from me.
Jimmy: Yeah well, the Feds were all over me. I had to get away.
Marvin: [Shrugs] Forget it, it's spilled milk. And you did an excellent job, I'm very proud of you Jimmy.
Jimmy: Thanks.
Marvin: Tell you the truth, I think in some ways you're better off here. I mean this place is wide open, fortune to be made. You are gonna want to be a part of it.
Jimmy: Yeah well I'm not so sure, not after the last one. I really sold those people a bad deal.
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Crazy Credits

Thanks to the People of Cambodia. See more »

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Referenced in Do You Like Hitchcock? (2005) See more »

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Performed by Ros Serei Sothea
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An interesting film, worth a look
30 May 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Set in Cambodia a generation after a bloody revolution and civil war, this film follows the adventures of a smalltime crook, Jimmy, who is tracking down an older man responsible for an insurance scam and who has absconded with the money. He arrives in a country full of gangsters and opportunist thieves - not knowing who to trust, he is robbed and beaten up as often as any hero of a film noir movie.

Modern Cambodia is depicted as a hell on Earth - with the exception of a rickshaw driver, Suk, the locals are shown as violent and untrustworthy. Once again a foreign locale is simply a backdrop for white villains to have a shootout. But this doesn't detract too much from a film that is in many ways a homage to "The Third Man", with Phnom Penh standing in for a ruined postwar Vienna, the Harry Lime-equivalent seedy and enigmatic, and the protagonist equally unsympathetic at first. Odd camera angles and flashback shots abound.

The love interest seems tacked on - and a reason for having a female character - but gives Jimmy an incentive to abandon his life of crime and go straight.

An interesting film, worth a look.


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