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Confidence (2003)

 -  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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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

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$70,362 (South Africa) (26 September 2003)

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

The plot to this movie shares a number of similarities to perhaps the most famous heist movie of all time, The Sting. See more »

Goofs

When the group is walking after meeting with Ashby, Miles and Gordo talk about packing and going to Belize, but it has not been decided that Gordo was going to go to Belize, Jake was supposed to be going. See more »

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[first lines]
Jake: So I'm dead. And I think it's because of this redhead.
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What a Man
Performed by Linda Lyndell
Written by Dave Crawford
Published by Almo Music Corp. for itself and Sandia Music Co. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Stax Records/Fantasy, Inc.
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Style Can Get You Killed...Unless...
15 June 2008 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

Foley's 'Confidence' is very much a formulaic gangster con-thriller with the usual gang, the villain, the feminine touch, the weapons and money and the twists. But it still manages to remain engaging and entertaining. It's a small film but the resources have been adequately used and it is very well executed with style and substance. The cinematography and visuals are wild and the score is energetic.

The story's pretty tight and moves at a steady pace. The characters are richly defined. The dialogues are sharp, witty and funny. Edward Burns's voice-over adds to the humour. Doug Jung does a splendid job indeed in the writing department.

Performances by all the actors is great. Edward Burns is brilliant as the superstitious con artist Jake. His fellow team-members Brian Van Holt and Paul Giamatti are equally good. Rachel Weisz oozes sensuality (but thankfully doesn't go overboard with it) and acts very well. Andy Garcia is adequate and Dustin Hoffman is a natural (this guy will make one laugh out loud).

'Confidence' is a slick stylish thriller that doesn't pretend to be anything else, when compared to other weaker movies like 'The Heist', 'Ocean's 11' or 'The Score'. It follows the formula of the genre but it's a smart film and has its twists that are enough to grip your attention.


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