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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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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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When fear is the currency, what is the price of hope. 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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27 March 2003 (Israel)  »

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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 »

Goofs

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

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 »

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

Soundtracks

Hilo Hula
Traditional
Performed by Mike Hanapi and The Ilima Islanders
Courtesy of the RCA Records Label, A Unit of BMG Entertainment
Under license from BMG Special Products
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Holiday in Cambodia
7 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

Matt Dillon makes his directorial debut with "City of Ghosts", the moody tale of Jimmy Cremmins, a con man seeking redemption in Cambodia. Dillon's was the first film to be shot in Cambodia since the 1960s, and the unfamiliar setting contributes much to the movie's allure. "City of Ghosts" has a remarkable look and feel that lend it resonance and lead one to anticipate Dillon's further outings as a director.

The actors fit nicely into their roles and deliver strong performances. Sereyvuth Kem, a real-life Cambodian cyclo driver, leaves a lasting impression as Jimmy's loyal friend Sok. The film's soundtrack- a heady international collection of pop music mixed with Tyler Bates' evocative score - adds another layer to the already-rich atmosphere. Stick around during the end credits for some of the best exit music in recent memory.


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