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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emile (as Gerard Depardieu)
Kem Sereyvuth ...
Sok (as Sereyvuth Kem)
Chalee Sankhavesa ...
Christopher Curry ...
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  »

Filming Locations:


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?


Many of those who portray minor characters in the film are expatriates living in Cambodia rather than professional actors. 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 »


Sok: [about his military background] I never want to kill people again.
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Crazy Credits

Thanks to the People of Cambodia. See more »


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


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A great story
18 July 2004 | by (Los Angeles,Ca) – See all my reviews

To me this film is good. Now I won't get too elaborate or pretentious, (as most writers or critics do on IMDb). What I liked about this film was that it was a simple con man story. Now a simple con man story is hard to do in my opinion, an almost impossible feat, so many people get caught up in the twists and explosions, and bs that the con man's life has to entail. Matt's role character is the, "wrong place wrong time sort of guy" (What a great line!) likable and looking for an out and a release from the 6 lifetimes of bad Karma. And that's what he does, there is a morality tale that isn't preachy or too expositional, that's just the way it is, you make your choices and maybe there's a bigger choice that's already made for you. The Cambodian landscape is a very "cracked windshield" sort of noir to quote Dillon. I really loved that he used his surroundings without fear. Bad luck for bad actions, in time working towards something inescapable, one's own choices to be a better person. Two thumbs way the hell up.

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