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 ...
Sok (as Sereyvuth Kem)
Chalee Sankhavesa ...
Larry Luckman
Simon (as Robert Campbell)
Bernard Merklen ...
FBI Agent Burden
FBI Agent Philips
Kyoza ...


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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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: Do me a favor and keep your fucking mouth shut!
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Crazy Credits

Thanks to the People of Cambodia. See more »


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


I'm Sixteen
Performed by Ros Serei Sothea
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International Cast Gives PolishTo This Hidden Gem
2 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of the few sleazy films that I've seen more than once and will continue to watch every couple of years. Perhaps it's just because I love the colors in here and it's a strange movie, a strange story in an exotic locale: Cambodia. Exotic, but you wouldn't want to live there, at least the parts shown in this film!

Although showing a lot of dingy city scenes, the Cambodian scenery was fascinating. I found the story to be, too, only if to find out what was in store next for the lead character played by Matt Dillon. There are so many bizarre characters in here, nobody that you can really trust, that it keeps you on edge.

Another odd thing about this film: it's quite a mixture of international actors: Dillon and James Caan, both from the United States; Natasha Melhone from Great Britain, Gerald Depardieu from France, Stellan Skarggard from Sweden and Kem Sereyvuth from Cambodia. The latter is the only truly nice person in the whole movie, playing Dillon's faithful guide, "Sok."

The movie, which plays like a film noir, gets a bit ugly at the end but is well worth your time.

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