Chain of Fools (2000)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime  |  22 September 2000 (USA)
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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 <>

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A comedy with the love of money See more »


Comedy | Crime

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

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Release Date:

22 September 2000 (USA)  »

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Shiny New Enemies  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

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Claudia Schiffer was originally cast as Karen. See more »


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 »


Mikey: You wanna go see a show? We should go see "Cats"...that's a good show!
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Written by Mount Sims (as Matt Sims), Dave Cooley
Performed by Citizen King
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Great Cast + Great Script = Great Movie
7 July 2004 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

This is truly an awesome movie, never hearing anything about this movie, i bought this one day thinking it might be good because of the awesome stars in this movie. I've told & asked a lot of people about this movie but no one has heard of this movie. I don't know why this wasn't big when it came out. Elijah Wood as hitman # 1 & Michael Rapaport as hitman # 2 were both great, they both acted terrific for the role they played, both stood out very well. Then there's a smaller role by David Cross who i've never heard of but was so hilarious in this movie. Tom Wilkinson as "Bollingsworth" hires Jeff Goldblum as "Avnet" to steal the "Shiny New Enemies" make a odd but funny team. Steve Zahn & Salma Hayek make a good team too. This was the first movie i ever saw of Steve Zahn, he is one of the best actors ive seen, i went on the watch some of his other awesome movies such as "JOY RIDE a.k.a. "ROADKILL", "SAVING SILVERMAN" a.k.a. "EVIL WOMAN" & also "NATIONAL SECURITY" which is also funny. But overall "CHAIN OF FOOLS" was surprisingly a good movie, a lot better than i thought, its certainly in my top 250 movies of all time. I Give this a 9.5 / 10

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