Bait (2000)

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An ex-con is used by police to lure a criminal out of hiding.


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In New York, Alvin Sanders is a small-time thief who's just been hauled in for stealing a bunch of prawns (shrimp) from a local restaurant. He ends up in a cell with John Jaster, one half of a high-tech criminal team that's just stolen $42,000,000 worth of gold from the Federal Reserve. Realizing that he could die at any moment from his worsening heart condition, Jaster tells Alvin to relay a cryptic message to his wife about the whereabouts of the hidden gold. Alvin doesn't know exactly what the message means, and Edgar Clenteen, the U.S. Treasury investigator working the case, hopes it will lead to the gold or Jaster's partner Bristol, but it does neither. Eighteen months later, Jaster is dead, and both Clenteen and Bristol are still looking for that gold. Clenteen decides to secretly plant a tracking device in Alvin's jaw, release him from prison, and then let the word out that he knows where the gold is hidden. Knowing that Bristol is probably watching their every move, Clenteen ... Written by Todd Baldridge

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Action | Crime | Thriller

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

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Release Date:

15 September 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Piégé  »

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Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$5,485,591 (USA) (15 September 2000)


ESP 3,148,452 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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Kris Kristofferson was originally set to play Edgar Clenteen. See more »


In the taxi cab/Porsche chase, the Porsche's mirror is knocked off when the taxi swipes the door. The mirror returns in all subsequent shots. See more »


[first lines]
Supervisor: Gentlemen, we owe a quarterly. Vault 23, encryption download.
Guard: Loaded.
Supervisor: Level five. Sonic, please.
Guard: Stable.
Supervisor: Motion?
Guard: Stable.
Supervisor: Status check, please.
Guard: All secure.
Supervisor: Excellent. Carry on, gentlemen.
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Entertaining, Original and Fun
30 November 2001 | by (NJ Coast) – See all my reviews

I had no expectations; I'd never heard of Jamie Foxx; all I knew was that the film has some strong character actors in it. I thought it was highly entertaining; it was fun. The plot was different and unpredictable enough to hold my interest. To me, Foxx is an original. David Morse is terrific (true, this is not his finest role). I thought the chases and pyrotechnics contributed to the film and were well done. I didn't expect a lot and I was happily surprised.

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