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Writer (WGA):
Bix Skahill (written by)
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Release Date:
22 September 2000 (USA) See more »
A little larceny. A lot of laughs! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Pontus Löwenhielm  (as Traktor)
Patrick von Krusenstjerna  (as Traktor)
Writing credits
Bix Skahill (written by)

Produced by
Charles Block .... executive producer (as Charles X Block)
Tony Lord .... producer
Steven Reuther .... executive producer
Alex Schwartz .... co-producer (as Alexandra Schwartz)
Traktor .... executive producer
Happy Walters .... producer
Matt Weaver .... producer (as Matthew Weaver)
Original Music by
David A. Hughes 
John Murphy 
Cinematography by
Frederick Elmes (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Harvey Rosenstock 
Casting by
Mindy Marin 
Production Design by
Gary Frutkoff 
Art Direction by
Roxanne Methot 
Set Decoration by
Linda Vipond 
Costume Design by
Mary Claire Hannan 
Makeup Department
Gitte Axen .... assistant makeup artist
Ian C. Ballard .... hair stylist (as Ian Ballard)
Nicole Bivens .... assistant hair stylist (as Nicole Wise)
Thomas R. Burman .... makeup specialist: prosthetics (as Tom Burman)
Bari Dreiband-Burman .... makeup specialist: prosthetics (as Bari Burman)
Norma Hill-Patton .... makeup artist (as Norma Hill Patton)
Fay von Schroeder .... makeup artist (as Faye von Schroeder)
Fay von Schroeder .... makeup artist
Stacey Butterworth .... wig maker (uncredited)
Toby Lindala .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Tony Wohlgemuth .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Vince Yoshida .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Daniel R. Chavez .... executive in charge of post production
Wendy Williams .... unit production manager (as Wendy S. Williams)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christine Derek .... second assistant director
Patrice Leung .... first assistant director
Jay Henry Moritz .... third assistant director
Art Department
Jonathan Blackshaw .... signwriter
Ron Clifford .... construction foreman
Francesca Dappen Courtois .... assistant set decorator (as Francesa Dappen Courtois)
Gordon Deyell .... props buyer
Candice Dickens .... art department coordinator (as Candace Dickens)
Dave Emmonds .... head greensman (as David Emmonds)
Craig Henderson .... construction coordinator
Michelle Hendriksen .... assistant property master (as Michele Hendriksen)
Kelvin Humenny .... set designer
Bryan Korenberg .... property master
Malcolm MacLean .... paint coordinator
Garry Frank Patt .... construction foreman (as Garry Patt)
Bill Petrie .... on-set dresser
Jim Ramsay .... set designer (as Jim Ramsey)
Nick Richardson .... lead
Steve Worthington .... storyboard artist
Ling Yang .... storyboard artist
Janis Lee .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Paolo G. Venturi .... graphics (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jan Anderson .... sound designer (as Janne Anderson)
Paul Aulicino .... assistant sound editor
Bob Beher .... foley supervisor
Rick Bold .... boom operator
Kevin E. Carpenter .... re-recording mixer (as Kevin Carpenter)
Bradley Clouse .... first assistant sound editor
Michael Dressel .... foley editor
Thom 'Coach' Ehle .... sound consultant: Dolby
Marilyn Graf .... foley mixer
Glenn Hoskinson .... sound editor
David Husby .... production sound mixer
Kimberly Ellen Lowe .... supervising adr editor (as Kimberly Lowe Voigt)
Frank A. Montaño .... re-recording mixer (as Frank Mantano)
Alyson Dee Moore .... foley artist (as Alyson Moore)
Steve Nelson .... sound editor (as Steven F. Nelson)
Jay Nierenberg .... supervising sound editor
Troy Porter .... adr mixer
John Roesch .... foley artist
Kim Secrist .... sound editor
Bruce Stambler .... supervising sound editor
Tim Walston .... sound designer
Donald L. Warner Jr. .... sound editor (as Donald L. Warner)
Bryan O. Watkins .... adr mixer (as Brian Watkins)
Gregory H. Watkins .... re-recording mixer (as Greg Watkins)
Bernard Weiser .... sound editor
Wayne Williams .... sound assistant
J. Aloysius Flanagan III .... sound editorial support (uncredited)
Kimberly Ellen Lowe .... supervising dialogue editor (uncredited)
Carolyn Tapp .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Cara E. Anderson .... special effects (as Cara Anderson)
Rory Cutler .... special effects coordinator
Roy Gabriel .... special effects
Scott Macrae .... special effects (as Scott MacRae)
W. David McGuire .... special effects (as Dave McGuire)
Kevin Stadnyk .... special effects
Dennis Briest .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Brian Dowrick .... animator
Antoine Durr .... effects animator
Bill Kroyer .... animation (as Bill Kroye)
Josh Margolies .... visual effects editor
Aung Min .... digital lighting (as Min)
Zeke Morales .... visual effects editor
Maxx Okazaki .... digital modeling artist
Young Joo Paik .... digital supervisor
Debbie Pashkoff .... lighting
Alicia G. Powers .... visual effects producer (as Alicia Powers)
Amy Ryan Gunson .... FX animator (as Amy Ryan)
Donna Tracy .... digital paint
Eric Tsai .... technical
Chien-Hsiung Wang .... digital modeling artist
Daniel Aristoteles Collins .... systems/operations: Rhythm & Hues (uncredited)
Brandon Craig .... render supervisor (uncredited)
Kevin J. Andruschak .... stunts (as Kevin Andruschak)
Mark Antoniuk .... stunts
Curt Bonn .... stunt rigging coordinator
Dustin Brooks .... stunts
Kirk Caouette .... stunts
Marny Eng .... stunts
Alex Green .... stunts
David Jacox .... stunt coordinator
Fred Perron .... stunts
James Bamford .... stunts (uncredited)
Janina Dall .... stunts (uncredited)
Jim Dunn .... stunts (uncredited)
Dave Hospes .... stunts (uncredited)
David Mylrea .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Fiona Roeske .... stunts (uncredited)
John Wardlow .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Allison Beda .... second assistant camera
Harold Bernard .... second assistant camera
John Dekker .... best boy gaffer (as John Decker)
Harvey Fedor .... key grip
Tim Heller .... lamp operator
Tommy Lohmann .... a camera/steadicam operator
Alan Markfield .... still photographer
David Neveaux .... lead grip
Rob Parisien .... video assist
Larry Portmann .... first assistant camera
Charlie Schultz .... best boy grip
Jarrod Tiffin .... rigging gaffer
Jeff Upton .... gaffer
Peter Wilke .... dolly grip
Monty Black .... electrician (uncredited)
Ken Decker .... generator operator (uncredited)
Bruce Murray .... lamp operator (uncredited)
Jos Oman .... camera trainee (uncredited)
Joe Waistell .... additional first assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Heike Brandstatter .... location casting associate
Xanthia Decaux .... casting assistant
James Forsyth .... extras casting
Sierra French-Myerson .... casting assistant
Coreen Mayrs .... location casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Leslie Cairns .... cutter sewer: contract
Janice Devries .... assistant costume designer (as Janice DeVries)
Clare Le Floc'h .... costumer
Danise Lee .... costumer
Jessica Lythgoe-Green .... costumer
Gail L. Smith .... assistant costume designer
Debi Weldon .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Jordan Acomba .... assistant editor
Matthew Cassel .... assistant editor (as Matt Cassel)
Peter Fandetti .... first assistant editor
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Daniel Kupresan .... post-production assistant
Florent Retz .... assistant editor (as Danny Retz)
Michael Smith .... assistant editor (as Mike Smith)
Jeff Smithwick .... color timer (as Jeff Sipwich)
Jason Dale .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Colin L. McCarthy .... assistant location manager (as Colin McCarthy)
Dean Stoker .... location manager
James Thompson .... trainee location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
J.J. George .... supervising music editor
Daniel L. Griffiths .... music scoring mixer (as Daniel Griffiths)
Daniel L. Griffiths .... score producer (as Daniel Griffiths)
Zigmund Gron .... music editor
William Kidd .... music conductor
Michelle Kuznetsky .... music supervisor (as Michele Kuznetsky)
Jen Monnar .... assistant music editor
John Murphy .... score producer
Phillip Murphy .... music assistant
Mary Ramos .... music supervisor
Frank Wolf .... orchestral engineer
Greg Francis .... musician (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Cliff Brown .... transportation captain
Raymond Fairchild .... transportation captain (as Ray Fairchild)
Sylvia Nablo .... transportation coordinator
Brian Shumlick .... transportation captain
Greg Voje .... transportation captain (as Greg Voge)
Other crew
Laura Arcangeli .... assistant chef
Barbara Beeby .... first aid
Sandra Borromeo .... assistant: Mr. Lord & Mr. Weaver
Barbara Chomos .... unit publicist
Jessica Clothier .... script supervisor
Dan Crosby .... marine coordinator
Jason Crosby .... assistant marine coordinator
Jason Crosby .... marine coordinator
Cathy Cunliffe .... craft service
Jim Dunlap .... assistant accountant
Ashley Fester .... production assistant
Patricia Foster .... assistant coordinator (as Pat Foster)
Brant Handle .... set production assistant (as Brant Handel)
Rod Jackson .... assistant accountant
Shannon Kane .... production accountant
Barbara Mercer .... accounting clerk (as Barb Mercer)
W. Robert Millar .... set production assistant (as Rob Millar)
Eva Morgan .... assistant coordinator
Lisa Naude .... assistant accountant
Jess Platt .... dialect coach
Sandra Rabbin .... assistant: Ms. Schwartz
Katherine Roussos .... first aid (as Kat Roussos)
Brigette Roux-Lough .... assistant: Mr. Reuther
Jayson Rupert .... set production assistant (as Jay Rupert)
Mandy Spencer-Phillips .... production coordinator
Cory Stevens .... set production assistant
Rhonda Taylor .... set production assistant
Sarah Tichenor .... assistant accountant
Seth Townsend .... slave: TRAKTOR
John Tucker .... security
Joanna Waddell .... assistant: TRAKTOR
Terence Chase .... security (uncredited)
Amy Edelson .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jennifer Harland .... background coordinator (uncredited)
Nicholas Podbrey .... puppeteer (uncredited)

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Rated R for violence, sexuality and language
Sweden:96 min | USA:98 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:MA15+ | Canada:14A (Canadian Home Video rating) | Canada:A (Ontario) | Finland:K-15 (DVD rating) | Germany:12 | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Sweden:11 | USA:R (No. 37280)

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Claudia Schiffer was originally cast as Karen.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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:Excuse me, is this chair being used?
Snotty Man:Does it look like it's being used?
Mikey:"Does it look like it's being used?" That's a good one.
[Mikey picks up the chair and smashes the man with it]
Mikey:Now it's being used.
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27 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Aptly named, 1 June 2001
Author: Henrik Fahraeus from Stockholm, Sweden

This is basically a "laugh at the losers" episode flick in the vein of "Short Cuts", without the pretension and with a healthy dose of Quentin Tarantino thrown in for good measure (sans the nastiness and macho violence.) Chain of Fools boasts the essential (for this type of movie) array of crooks and oddballs; from Jeff Goldblum's psychopathic rent-a-thief character to Elijah Wood's adolescent aspiring hitman.

The film is uneven, which is probably a result of the relative inexperience of the director(s). There are several scenes that just feel pointless, and the Bollingsworth character could have used a little polishing, but on the whole the movie is thoroughly enjoyable. Steve Zahn is great as the loser protagonist, Elijah Wood shines as the hitman wannabe, Jeff Goldblum turns in a solid performance and sexy Salma Hayek once again demonstrates she can do a lot more than just look pretty and dance with snakes.

Chain of Fools is no Pulp Fiction, but it has got an endearing quality all of its own. If Tarantino and the Coen brothers were to do a movie together I imagine you would get something a lot like this.

I give it 7/10, where Pulp Fiction is a 10/10 and The Big Lebowski is a 9/10.

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