Confidence (2003)

R  |   |  Crime, Thriller  |  25 April 2003 (USA)
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Jake Vig (Burns) is a consummate grifter about to pull his biggest con yet, one set to avenge his friend's murder. But his last scam backfired, leaving him indebted to a mob boss (Hoffman) and his enforcer.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lionel Dolby
Big Al
Manzano (as Luis Guzman)
Attractive Blonde
Car Salesman
Melissa Lawner ...


What Jake Vig doesn't know just might get him killed. A sharp and polished grifter, Jake has just swindled thousands of dollars from the unsuspecting Lionel Dolby with the help of his crew: Insideman Gordo, Shills Miles, and Big Al--and two corrupt LAPD officers, Lloyd Whitworth and Omar Manzano. But when both Lionel and Big Al turn up dead, it becomes clear that Lionel wasn't just any mark--as Jake soon learns, he was an accountant for eccentric crime boss Winston King. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Jake offers to repay The King by pulling off the biggest con of his career. The mark? Morgan Price, a banker with deep ties to organized crime. With so much riding on the outcome, Jake decides to bring in a brash, blonde pickpocket named Lily, who joins the crew in a complex scheme involving corporate loans, creative accounting, wire transfers and off-shore accounts. Jake and his crew will have to stay one step ahead of both the criminals and the cops to finally settle their ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Four big time swindlers... who will outsmart whom? See more »


Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

25 April 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

CONfidence  »

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,563,588 (USA) (25 April 2003)


$104,242 (South Africa) (3 October 2003)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The word "fuck" is said 130 times. See more »


$5m in $100 bills weighs approximately 100lbs. It would not have been so easily maneuvered by Gordo. See more »


[first lines]
Jake: So I'm dead. And I think it's because of this redhead.
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Remade as Ek Khiladi Ek Haseena (2005) See more »


Performed by Groove Armada
Written by Kendrick Davis, Kenny Gamble, Thom Bell (as Thomas Bell),
Roland Chambers, Andrew Cato (as Andy Cato), Tom Findlay (as Thomas C. Findlay),Jonathan White and Keeling Lee
Published by Zomba Music Publishers Ltd. administered by Zomba Enterprises Inc. in the US and Canada (ASCAP)/Warner-Tamerland Publishing Corp./WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) o/b/o Warner/Chappell Music Ltd. (PRS)/Universal - Polygram International Publishing,
Inc. o/b/o Polygram Music Publishing Ltd. (ASCAP) Irving Music, Inc. for itself and Perverted Alchemist Music, Inc. (BMI)
Courtesy of Jive Electro
Contains Sample of "Something for Nothing"
Written by Kenny Gamble (as K. Gamble), Thom Bell (as T. Bell) and Roland Chambers (as R. Chambers)
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Pros as Cons
4 April 2003 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Everyone must love a good con artist tale. We all see our selves as both victim and perpetrator. We love the thrill of the ride, of the something for nothing, of doing bad, but not really hurting anyone who does not deserve it. These are the archetypical elements of a good con movie, and Confidence delivers them with panache.

There is nothing really new here. No mind bending twists beyond the twists that have to be constructed for a picture like this to succeed, and succeed it does. Why? It is the cast. Everyone delivers the performance of their career in the film, and I mean everyone. I have not seen Dustin Hoffman act in a long time, and here he does much more than phone in the part. He proves himself to be a real risk taker. Nothing less can be said of any of the cast members, some familiar, others not so. This may be the defining role of Edward Burns' career, and likewise for Rachel Weisz. I did not even recognize Andy Garcia, that is how transformed we has. Imagine Paul Giamatti in a role that you did not want to slap him for or ask why he was wasting his talents!

This film is like a really rich dessert. Even though you know it is not good for you, you just cannot help yourself because it is so delicious.

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