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Chain of Fools (2000)

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Salma Hayek plays an avid detective assigned to the heist of a batch of precious coins that end up in the hands of a suicidal barber.

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"Chain of Fools" is a heist comedy-romance about a hapless barber whose life takes a turn for the worse when he ends up in possession of a stolen treasure of ancient coins (the "Shiny New Enemies") and simultaneously falls on the wrong side of the law and in love with the detective investigating the crime. Written by Joanna Waddell <cyln@sprynet.com>

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A comedy with the love of money See more »

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Rated R for violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »
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$20,000,000 (estimated)
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Claudia Schiffer was originally cast as Karen. See more »

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When Mikey (Elijah Wood) is about to shoot Bollingsworth (Tom Wilkinson), he points a Walther P99 pistol at him. The pistol is, however, not cocked as revealed by the absence of the bright red "cocked" indicator below the rear sights. This would make it impossible for the weapon to fire. (This may have been an intentional precaution by the filmmakers as the weapon has no safety switch.) See more »

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Mickey: Who are you?
Hitman: I'm the Hitman, who are you?
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Down to This
Written by Mike Doughty (as Michael Doughty), Mark De Gli Antoni (as Mark Degliantoni),
Yuval Gabay (as Yuval Gabag), Sebastian Steinberg, Lew Brown, Charles Tobias,
, Sam H. Stept, Toots Hibbert (as Frederick Hibbert), Chester Burnett (as C. Burnett)
Performed by Soul Coughing
Courtesy of Slash Records / Warner Bros. Records Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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"Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree"
Written by Lew Brown, Sam H. Stept, Charles Tobias
Performed by The Andrews Sisters
Courtesy of MCA Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
"Time Tough"
Written by Toots Hibbert (as C. Burnett)
Performed by Toots & The Maytals
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Nice comedy/crime with a lot of characters
24 September 2005 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

Recap: Kresk, struggling barber, recently divorced by his wife stumbles upon a secret when a gangster comes into his barbershop. This gangster, Avnet, was involved in a high profile theft last night involving three ancient Chinese coins. He thinks Kresk must die, fortunately fro Kresk Avnet stumbles and get Kresk's scissor in his neck. Now Kresk has a body to take care of. Unfortunately for Kresk, Kresk is not the brightest boy in town. And worse, neither is his friend Andy, full time scout, who he enlists for help. But as time goes, and things get worse, more and more people get involved, but Kresk is determined that those coins will change his life. For the better, he hopes.

Comments: An unusual comedy/crime movie handling a lot of different subplots that runs at the sides of each others with a lot of intersections. What makes this unusual and imaginative is that what happens in a subplot we are not currently following has an impact how the story goes at the next intersection. At the same time we get the full coverage in time with a frequent use of flashbacks and jumps in the timeline. Still, it was never any problem to follow.

The movie has a really big cast, and a lot of the names on the list are known. Goldblum delivers a solid performance as usual, Zahn is a great choice for Kresk. The best impression however I think I got from Elijah Wood who portrays a teen hit-man with finesse. I think it is the best performance from him I have ever seen. The director team Traktor has done a great work in their movie debut and I hope I will see more work from them like this one.

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