After assuming his dead cellmate's identity to get with his girlfriend, an ex-con finds himself the reluctant participant in a casino heist.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dana Stubblefield ...
Tom Heaton ...
Michael Sunczyk ...
Distant Inmate #2 (as Douglas H. Arthurs)
Guard #1
Ron Sauvé ...
Guard #2 (as Ron Sauve)
Prisoner #1 (as Ron Hyatt)


After being imprisoned for six years on a grand theft auto charge, Rudy Duncan (Ben Affleck) is days away from release as is his cellmate Nick (James Frain) who is is serving a two year sentence on a separate charge. Nick has a number of pictures from a romantic correspondence with a woman named Ashley he has never met but is waiting for his release. Rudy is looking forward to returning to his family and having a fresh cup of hot chocolate. Nick is killed defending Rudy during a prison riot. When Rudy Is released the next day from prison he recognizes Ashley waiting outside the prison for Nick and Rudy takes his place and pretends to be Nick. Nick had spoken of his previous employment in security with an Indian casino and Rudy finds himself involved with Ashley's criminal gun runner brother Gabriel (Gary Sinise). Rudy is violently coerced to cooperate with a Christmas Eve casino robbery scheme that Gabriel and his gang have been planning with Nick's casino knowledge as the key. Things... Written by Brian Orndorf

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The trap is set. The game is on.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 February 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Deception  »

Box Office


$42,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,128,356 (USA) (25 February 2000)


$23,360,779 (USA) (16 June 2000)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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After poor test screenings, John Frankenheimer admitted that he should've been a little more open to re-shoots to fix the problems of the film as his original vision based on Erhen Kruger's script had become a completely different version once filming began. See more »


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[first lines]
Rudy Duncan: [Rudy narrating] To tell ya the truth, I never was much for the holidays. It's been forever since I'd known a holiday, since I'd seen my family, since I'd been with a girl, since I'd driven a car. You see, cars are what put me here - Iron Mountain, Maximum Security Prison. I was riding a hard five for grand theft auto. Meanwhile, most of my esteemed raping and murdering colleagues were up for parole in three. The world works like that sometimes. All the time, in my experience. ...
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Before I kill you, let me tell you why...
15 August 2000 | by (la) – See all my reviews

When a movie has one or two cliched events in it, you can let it slip. But this film has so many, I can't believe it was given a go to be produced. There are so many implausible plot twists and scenes that would have NEVER happened, it takes away from what actual story might exist in this film. It's not like Die Hard, where you're so involved in the movie, you're willing to overlook dumb twists or bad lines. The bad twists in this movie only remind you that you're watching something that should not have made it to film. I can't figure out why Frankenhiemer did this film. BUT, it does have the great Gary Sinese, who I think is one of the best bad guys in film. For that, it can't be totally bad.

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