City of Ghosts (2002)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  27 March 2003 (Israel)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emile (as Gerard Depardieu)
Kem Sereyvuth ...
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Simon (as Robert Campbell)
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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 »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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


$17,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


First time that James Caan and 'Stellan Skarsgard' were in a film together. They teamed up again immediately for Dogville (2003). See more »


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 »


Jimmy: That was some place you sent me to yesterday. I got your note.
Marvin: What note?
Jimmy: [Looks up in astonishment] The one you left at the Belville.
Marvin: [Frowns] I didn't leave you anything.
Jimmy: No?
Marvin: No.
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Crazy Credits

Thanks to the People of Cambodia. See more »


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


Bong Srilang
Written by Ny Saloeun
Performed by James Caan
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This movie takes you away
27 April 2003 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Yes the resolution of the movie was somewhat weak and contrived. But when I was sitting at the movie theater I was taken away to another place for the 2 hours that I was watching the movie. Having traveled in the third world I have to say that the movie captures perfectly the atmosphere of a place that is so far away that it could exist in another space and time as well as all the strange characters that tend to inhabit places like these. May be the movie does not do a good enough job of explaining things to those who have never visited a place with a different like Cambodia but I don't think it has to. Why do moviegoers expect the director to present everything neatly arranged on a platter? I was glad to go and see a movie that did not assume that I had no knowledge of history and no sense of what is happening in the Southeast Asia. While some of the characters may seem to be cliche I have actually met people like this while traveling. Local people are very friendly they have very tough lives but they open up in incredible ways if you try to get to know them as human beings. Part of the reason we go to movies is to be taken away. For two hours I was transported to a different world. Matt Dillon had enough sense to linger his shots to reflect the fact that times flows very differently in Cambodia. The contrast between the beauty and the serenity of Cambodia with the violence that goes there is great. I think the movie was absolutely magnificent (flawed but still beautiful)and one of the best I have seen in a long time.

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