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No Good Deed (2002)

While doing a friend a favor and searching for a runaway teenager, a police detective stumbles upon a bizarre band of criminals about to pull off a bank robbery.

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Jack Friar
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Erin
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Tyrone (as Stellan Skarsgard)
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Hoop
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Mr. Quarre
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Mrs. Quarre
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David Brewster
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Amy
Robert Welch ...
Willy
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Bank Manager
Noel Burton ...
Mr. Leeds
Roberto Blizzard ...
Man Mowing Lawn
Shawn Roberts ...
Passer-by
Terence Bowman ...
Mail Carrier
Robert Brewster ...
Fish & Chip Store Owner (as Bob Brewster)
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About a police detective, Jack, who, while doing a friend a favor and searching for a runaway teenager on Turk Street, stumbles upon a bizarre band of criminals about to pull off a bank robbery. Jack finds himself being held hostage while the criminals decide what to do with him, and the leader's beautiful girlfriend, Erin, is left alone to watch Jack. Erin, who we discover is a master manipulator of the men in the gang, reveals another side to Jack - a melancholy romantic who could have been a classical cellist. She finds Jack's captivity an irresistible turn-on and he can't figure out if she's for real, or manipulating him, too. Before the gang returns, Jack and Erin's connection intensifies and who ends up with the money is anyone's guess. Written by Kate Hoffman

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

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25 October 2002 (Italy)  »

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The House on Turk Street  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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$99,490 (Japan) (7 March 2003)
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During the scene where David is driving in the rain, the song playing is "(I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone," which originated on the television series The Monkees (1966), which Bob Rafelson created. The version in the film, is performed by his son, Peter Rafelson. See more »

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Sudbury, Ontario does not have an Immigration office at the boarder of the United States of America, because it is located in Northern Ontario - far away from any bordering cities or boundaries near the USA. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Amy: Jack, thank God you're home.
Jack Friar: What's wrong?
Amy: I need your help. It's Connie, she's run away again.
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Soundtracks

Trio #1 in B Major, Op.8
(1854)
Written by Johannes Brahms
Performed by David Sabee (cello) / Jeff Beal (piano) musicians
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Predictable, entertaining neo-noir
14 March 2013 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

The plot: A cop doing a favor for a friend ends up unwillingly getting involved in a heist.

No Good Deed is an interesting neo-noir/heist movie. Sam Jackson, a lonely and frustrated cop, starts off investigating a runaway daughter for his neighbor, only to stumble into a heist that is already underway. Taken hostage, he anxiously awaits his fate while trying to get some kind of angle on his captors.

The captors include a femme fatale, a violent thug, a cultured and domineering mastermind, and a racist elderly couple. They've also got an inside man that they're conning. This quirky group provides some black humor and tension. We're introduced to each character early, and the development is done rather well. The characters play off of each other in interesting ways, though I suppose it's pretty obvious that Jackson is the match to this powder keg. Still, it's fun to watch the requisite backstabbing, double-crosses, and con games as they play out.

If you're looking for a slick, fast-paced thriller, you might end up being a bit bored or disappointed. The biggest problem is that the whole thing is a bit predictable, though you'll probably forgive that if you're a fan of the actors or neo-noir. It seems worth a 6 or 7, rather than the somewhat mediocre score that it has now.


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