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Bait (2000)

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


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lisa Hill
Agent Blum
Agent Walsh
Matthew Witherly ...


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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Alvin Sanders is going to help the Feds catch a killer. He just doesn't know it yet. See more »

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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


$51,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,485,591, 17 September 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,325,127, 19 November 2000
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2.35 : 1
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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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unacceptable fascism
17 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

Let's drag the ugly stuff up front for all to view:

The federal agent character played by David Morse is a disgusting brutal fascist thug. To make his character a supporting 'hero' effectively makes the following arguments to the audience (the validity of which I comment on in parentheses):

For the sake of 42 million dollars of stolen gold, government agents may ignore the Constitution of the United States and 1. Torture; 2. Deny medical care to suspected criminals; 3. Threaten informants with summary execution; 4. Fail to advise the accused of their rights and deny access to their attorneys (Is there any lawyer there representing the Jamie Foxx character anywhere anytime in this film? - nope.) 5. Assault a convict in order to engage in experimentation during consequent surgery; 6. Engage in close survey of innocent citizens without warrant; including implanted communications and tracking devices, wire-tapping, and audio-voyeurism during suspect's sexual activities; 7. Commit to a policy of killing innocent citizens in order to kill a suspected criminal; 8. Commit to the intention to kill a suspected criminal without arrest, trial, conviction, or judgment; 9. Commandeer the municipal police of NYC without respect to the rights of the state or municipality.

ALl this in 2000, before the horrid Bush regime?!

David Morse's character needs to be hauled before a congressional committed, arrested, tried, convicted, and sentenced to several life-term in prison, running consecutively (meaning, one life after another, just in case he has several), without probation. George Bush, too.

And since the victim of most of these crimes is a Black man, do we detect just a little racism here? only mitigated by out-right pandering to potential Black audiences?

Disgusting. Burn it. Burn every film like it. Restore the Constitution of the United States, including its sacred Bill of Rights!

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