David Mamet takes this story of thieves along many twists and turns, some of which work and some of which don't. Gene Hackman plays the brilliant leader of a gang (Delroy Lindo, Ricky Jay & Rebecca Pigeon as Hackman's youngish wife), which pulls off complex heists for a despicable fence (Danny DeVito). After stiffing the gang on a jewelry robbery, DeVito forces the gang to go after a Swiss gold shipment and to use his nephew (Sam Rockwell) in the crime. No one trusts anyone and every step is shaded with the unexpected. Written by
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The compact pistol which Joe Moore (Gene Hackman) hides in his cup of coffee is a Baby Browning .25 caliber. It is 4 inches long, 2 3/4 inches high, and 3/4 inch thick. See more »
While the 727 is sitting on the "runway" as the van is leaving, you can see that the right main wheels are blocked so the aircraft would not be able to roll forward. No one was seen placing the chocks there when the aircraft came to a stop. See more »
Never liked the Swiss, they make them little clocks, these two cocksuckers come out of 'em with these little hammers, hit each other on the head. What kind of sick mentality is that?
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The opening Warner Bros., Morgan Creek, and Franchise Pictures logos are in black and white. See more »
Does exactly what it says on the tin, with perhaps a slight overload on the double-crosses and some surprisingly cringeworthy dialogue from such a practised ear:
"Everybody needs money - that's why they call it money" spouts Danny DeVito. Uh? Am I missing something or is this utter nonsense? Maybe it looked good on the page, but it stinks when it's out in the open.
Nowhere near as tight and entertaining as 'House Of Games' or 'The Spanish Prisoner', but then even an average Mamet thriller is worth a look.
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