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

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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ESP 3,148,452 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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Stephen Surjik was originally set to direct but departed over creative differences with Jamie Foxx. See more »

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When Julio and Ramundo abduct Alvin Sanders for a ride in their Mercedes, their gun is fired, and the driver's side window is cracked, with the sound of breaking glass; however, when the Mercedes goes onto the sidewalk, prior to hitting a telephone booth, the driver's side window is in pristine condition. See more »

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[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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Somewhat funny and well-paced action thriller.
3 June 2002 | by (Sauk City, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

Somewhat funny and well-paced action thriller that has Jamie Foxx as a hapless, fast-talking hoodlum who is chosen by an overly demanding U.S. Treasury Agent (David Morse) to be released on the streets of New York to find a picky computer thief/hacker (Doug Hutchinson), who stole forty-two million dollars from the treasury and left two guards shot dead.

"Bait" marks the sophomore feature for Antoine Fuqua ("The Replacement Killers") and he handles the task fairly well even though it doesn't top his first movie. What the two films have in common is the action sequences, which are flat-out excellent.

Foxx is pretty good here although his character is annoying in the beginning, but throughout the film, I began to catch on. Hutchinson is marvelous as the mastermind who can be ruthless as John Malkovich and patient as the late Laurence Olivier was in "Marathon Man". Morse is okay as the agent who comes up with the ingenious plan to get whoever did it at all cost.


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