When two brothers organize the robbery of their parents' jewelry store the job goes horribly wrong, triggering a series of events that sends them, their father and one brother's wife hurtling towards a shattering climax.
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Paul Thomas Anderson
Philip Baker Hall,
John C. Reilly,
A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles. He must find a way to save both himself and one last victim.
When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?
Needing extra cash, two brothers conspire to pull off the perfect, victimless crime. No guns, no violence, no problem. But when an accomplice ignores the rules and crosses the line, his actions trigger a series of events in which no one is left unscathed. Written by
In the original script, Andrew and Hank Hanson were not brothers. Sidney Lumet made this change to increase the drama of the movie. He also removed the character of Andrew & Gina's daughter. See more »
When the fence shows Charles Andy's business card there is a cell phone number listed though Andy claims he does not own a cell phone and is only shown talking on land line phones throughout the film. See more »
Andrew 'Andy' Hanson:
What's the matter with you? You used to have the world by the balls. Now I don't think you got any.
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In a back-and-forth style, Sydney Lumet's psychological crime thriller is good to watch
After a cold sex scene, between Andy and Gina, in South America, we know that Andy is a payroll manager who finds himself in a hard economic situation where he badly needs some extra money We also discover that he has been stealing from his job and using the money to his drug habits He's also attempting to keep up with his wife, who just might be having an affair
To solve all their problems, he persuades his brothera likable loserto join him in a plan to steal their own parent's small store Their parents are happily married and proprietors of a jewelry store situated in New York's Westchester County Sixty thousand dollars is all they'll need to get their life out of desperation
Three main characters are important in this movie
First the two brothers Each of them is a complex individual, threatened with multiple motivations, and sunk into doubts and disappointments The two are desperate characters, financially and emotionally
Andy is selfish He feels that he has never had the love of his father He is the corrupting influence, turning his brother into an assailant, and his beautiful woman into an adulteress
Hank is a puppet too weak to resist his brother's wishes His ex-wife is one of the reasons he needs money as he owes her hundreds in child support . He longs to regain the confidence he once had with his father
The third character is their weary and deplorable father Charles Hanson (Albert Finney), especially in the haunting climactic scenes
Telling you more about the details could lessen the impact of the film, and therefore the entertainment...
Tomei's performance conveys great depth and emotion even with her look, her touch, her particular move
Lumet's direction is firm, fresh and brutal.
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