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Matchstick Men -- Nicolas Cage stars as a con man with an obsessive-compulsive disorder whose orderly life and latest scam are threatened by the reappearance of a teenage daughter he never knew existed.
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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Eric Garcia (book)
Nicholas Griffin (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
12 September 2003 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
lie cheat steal rinse repeat
Plot:
A phobic con artist and his protégé are on the verge of pulling off a lucrative swindle when the former's teenage daughter arrives unexpectedly. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Sustained my interest throughout See more (335 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Nicolas Cage ... Roy Waller

Sam Rockwell ... Frank Mercer

Alison Lohman ... Angela

Bruce Altman ... Dr. Klein

Bruce McGill ... Chuck Frechette

Jenny O'Hara ... Mrs. Schaffer

Steve Eastin ... Mr. Schaffer

Beth Grant ... Laundry Lady

Sheila Kelley ... Kathy

Fran Kranz ... Slacker Boyfriend
Tim Kelleher ... Bishop

Nigel Gibbs ... Holt

Bill Saito ... Pharmacist #1

Tim Maculan ... Pharmacist #2
Stoney Westmoreland ... Man in Line

Lynn Ann Leveridge ... Bank Clerk

Giannina Facio-Scott ... Bank Teller (as Giannina Facio)

Sonya Eddy ... Parking Garage Cashier

Michael Clossin ... Long Winded Parking Booth Driver
Kim Cassidy ... Stripper
Paul Hubbard ... Store Clerk

Monnae Michaell ... Carpet Store Manager
Dennis Anderson ... Cashier

Marco Kyris ... Pizza Boy

Jerry Hauck ... Taxi Cab Driver

Jim Zulevic ... Bartender

Ramsey Malouky ... Hospital Intern
Andi Sherrill ... Pharmacy Cashier

Kate Steele ... Strip Club Waitress

Adam Clark ... Strip Club Bouncer
Daniel Villarreal ... Car Wash Employee
Marco Assante ... Valet Parker
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Larry Vigus ... Pharmacy Customer (uncredited)

Melora Walters ... Heather, Roy's Ex-Wife (uncredited)

Directed by
Ridley Scott 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Eric Garcia (book)

Nicholas Griffin (screenplay) (as Nick Griffin) &
Ted Griffin (screenplay)

Produced by
Sean Bailey .... producer
Giannina Facio-Scott .... co-producer (as Giannina Facio)
Ted Griffin .... producer
Jack Rapke .... producer
Charles J.D. Schlissel .... co-producer
Ridley Scott .... producer
Steve Starkey .... producer
Robert Zemeckis .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Hans Zimmer 
 
Cinematography by
John Mathieson (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Dody Dorn 
 
Casting by
Debra Zane 
 
Production Design by
Tom Foden 
 
Art Direction by
Michael Manson 
 
Set Decoration by
Nancy Nye 
 
Costume Design by
Michael Kaplan 
 
Makeup Department
Tarra D. Day .... makeup department head (as Tarra Day)
Amy L. Disarro .... makeup artist
Mary L. Mastro .... hair department head
Kristina Vogel .... makeup artist
Larry Waggoner .... hair stylist: Mr. Cage
Allen Weisinger .... makeup artist: Mr. Cage
 
Production Management
Teresa Kelly .... post-production supervisor
Mark Scoon .... executive in charge of production
Leigh Shanta .... unit production manager
Barbara Russo .... post-production executive (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Steve Battaglia .... second second assistant director
K.C. Hodenfield .... first assistant director
Jeff Okabayashi .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Chuck Askerneese .... co-property master
Todd Bennett .... plaster foreman
Denis Cordova .... general foreman
R. Scott Doran .... leadman
L. David Gordon .... drapery foreman
Brock Helfer .... set dresser
Daniel R. Jennings .... assistant art director
Adam Khalid .... art department coordinator
Ann Knight .... set buyer
Douglas T. Madison .... property master (as Doug Madison Jr.)
Bobby Mara .... propmaker foreman
Frank Musitelle .... greens coordinator
Fred O'Connor .... propmaker
Mike Peritz .... set dresser
Eric Rosenberg .... graphic designer
William V. Ryder .... set designer
Jessica Samuelson .... assistant property master
John Villarino .... construction coordinator
Cheree Welsh .... art department coordinator
Richard Robinson .... propmaker (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Mike Anderson .... utility sound
James Ashwill .... foley mixer
Christopher Assells .... sound effects editor
Karen Baker Landers .... supervising sound editor
John Bires .... sound engineer
Eddie Bydalek .... sound recordist
Colette D. Dahanne .... adr mixer (as Colette Dahanne)
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer
Per Hallberg .... supervising sound editor
Adam Howell .... intern
Chris Jargo .... adr supervisor
Tom Lalley .... sound re-recording engineer
Anna MacKenzie .... adr editor
Anna MacKenzie .... sound editor
Michael Minkler .... sound re-recording mixer
Philip D. Morrill .... assistant sound editor
Melissa Muik .... assistant to Hans Zimmer
Tony Negrete .... first assistant sound editor
Myron Nettinga .... sound re-recording mixer
Lee Orloff .... production sound mixer
Thomas A. Payne .... boom operator
Gregg Silk .... second engineer
Peter Staubli .... sound editor
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
Kimaree Long .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Bruce Maddocks .... mastering engineer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Jeff Bresin .... special effects technician
Martin Bresin .... special effects coordinator
Jake Valdez .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Alfredo R. Barcia .... lead production services technician: SPI
Sarah Coatts .... visual effects associate producer: main title sequence: yU+co.
Lisa Deaner .... senior Inferno artist
Sheena Duggal .... visual effects supervisor
Stephen Kowalski .... systems engineer
Andrea Maxwell .... visual effects editor
Paul McGhee .... digital color timer: SPI
Ethan Ormsby .... digital artist
Mike Sabga .... computer and video supervisor
David A. Smith .... CG supervisor
Marty Taylor .... Inferno artist: SPI
Cari Thomas .... visual effects producer
Jeremie Winslow .... visual effects production assistant: SPI
Lisa Zusmer DelPrete .... visual effects production manager (as Lisa Zusmer)
Jessica Berri .... visual effects production assistant: SPI (uncredited)
Danielle Conroy .... digital production management (uncredited)
Timothy Eaton .... visual effects editor (uncredited)
Christopher Grandel .... trailer digital effects, Howard Anderson Company (uncredited)
Anthony Harris .... digital color timer (uncredited)
George Richman .... senior production services technician: SPI (uncredited)
Mitch Zeitlin .... video editorial coordinator: SPI (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Mickey Giacomazzi .... stunt performer
Carrick O'Quinn .... stunt driver
Michael Trisler .... stunts
Eddie Yansick .... stunt coordinator
Eddie Yansick .... stunt double: Nicolas Cage
Bill Willens .... precision driver (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Rob Abbey .... video assist operator
Dominic Aluisi .... second assistant camera
Paul Birk .... electrician
Massimo Bordonaro .... ad/pub services
A. Anthony Cappello .... assistant camera
David Deever .... video engineer
Mitch Dubin .... camera operator: "a" camera
François Duhamel .... still photographer
Keith Dunkerley .... camera production assistant
Carlos M. Gallardo .... dolly grip (as Carlos Gallardo)
Paul Hazard .... best boy rigging electric
Tony Hibbard .... set lighting technician
James Keys .... rigging gaffer
Scott Kidner .... assistant chief lighting technician
Stuart Kirschner .... lighting technician
Damon Marcellino .... set lighting technician: re-shoots
Steven Meizler .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Ralph Mendoza .... aerial camera operator: SpaceCam
Ralph Merzbach .... computer video playback
Ronald A. Miller .... rigging grip
Ron Newburn .... lighting technician
Reggie Newkirk .... first assistant camera
Tony Olivieri .... Steadicam focus puller
Tony Olivieri .... first assistant Steadicam
Greg Patterson .... set lighting technician
Chis Rountree .... grip
Paul Toomey .... film loader
Naomi Villanueva-Brunner .... b camera: second assistant camera (as Naomi Villanueva)
Jim McComas .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Terri Taylor .... casting associate
Tannis Vallely .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lorraine Crossman .... set costumer
Adrienne Greshock .... costume production assistant
Vincent Lapper .... costumer
Linda Matthews .... costume supervisor
Natasha Paczkowski .... costume manufacturing foreperson
Hana Rausalova .... costumer
Debbie Travis .... wardrobe: Mr. Cage
 
Editorial Department
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Bob Kaiser .... color timer
Cybele O'Brien .... assistant editor
Pablo Prietto .... assistant editor
Adam P. Scott .... associate editor
Trudy Yee .... assistant editor
Bill Daly .... post-production executive (uncredited)
Adrian Kays .... editor: main titles (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist
Al Clay .... score mixer
Bryan Clements .... scoring crew
Kevin Connolly .... musician
Jim Dooley .... music arranger
Jim Dooley .... music programmer (as James Michael Dooley)
Dody Dorn .... music supervisor
Mark Eshelman .... scoring crew
Bruce Fowler .... conductor
Bruce Fowler .... orchestrator
Malcolm Luker .... additional scoring mixer
Robin Lynn .... music consultant
Marina Manukian .... musician
Frank Marocco .... musician
Adam Michalak .... score recordist
Trevor Morris .... music score consultant
Melissa Muik .... music score consultant
Heitor Pereira .... musician
Satnam Ramgotra .... musician (as Satnam Singh Ramgotra)
Emil Richards .... musician
John Rodd .... orchestral scoring recordist
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
Del Spiva .... assistant music editor
Marc Streitenfeld .... music editor
Marc Streitenfeld .... music supervisor
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn
Pat Weber .... scoring technician
Geoff Zanelli .... composer: additional music
Hans Zimmer .... music arranger
Hans Zimmer .... music programmer
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Mark Graham .... music librarian (uncredited)
Yvonne S. Moriarty .... additional orchestrator (uncredited)
Mel Wesson .... music arranger: electronic arrangements (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Hedy Phil Balani .... driver generator operator
Casey Boden .... driver
Troy Bridenstine .... driver
Rob Byer .... driver
Linda Cipperley .... transportation
Robert Dulys .... driver dispatcher
Rita Lundin .... transportation
Mike Riportella .... transportation captain
Wayne Williams .... transportation coordinator
Dennis Lally .... driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Tommy Bernard .... production assistant
René Brar .... story editor
Stephen Bures .... assistant: Mr. Cage
Chris Castaldi .... set production assistant
Matthew B. Chamberlin .... key assistant location manager
Brian Clark .... rigging medic
Kelsey Clark .... assistant: Mr. Zemeckis
Scott Cler .... production secretary
Maguy R. Cohen .... production assistant (as Maguy J.B. Cohen)
Heather I. Denton .... crowd extras coordinator
Lisa Dietrick .... assistant to producer
Devon Evans .... animal trainer
Jack Hayes .... assistant to producer
Adam Howell .... intern
Cheri Jacobs .... second assistant accountant
Valerie Johnson .... set production assistant
Heather Kelton .... assistant: Mr. Starkey (as Heather Smith)
Janette Kim .... set assistant: Nicolas Cage
Jon Ko .... medic
Tracie Laymon .... set production assistant: re-shoots
Ernie Malik .... unit publicist
Margaret Mitchell .... production accountant
M. Michelle Nishikawa .... production coordinator
Kathryn Oden .... assistant: Mr. Rockwell
Monique Perez .... assistant to writer and producer
Janice Polley .... location manager
Jessica Rapke .... set production assistant
Ryan Robertson .... main title producer
Jay Sheehan .... production assistant
Jordan Sheehan .... assistant: Mr. Scott
Neville Shulman .... special advisor: Mr. Scott
Margaret Sigel .... assistant: Mr. Rapke
Ryan Suffern .... set production assistant
Ray Utarnachitt .... assistant production coordinator
Daniel Villarreal .... production assistant
Amy Wilkins .... set production assistant
Anne Marie Wilson .... set staff assistant
Garson Yu .... title designer
Stuart Raven Barter .... location scout (uncredited)
Kevin Blumenfeld .... technical assistant: Hans Zimmer (uncredited)
Ardy Brent Carlson .... set staff assistant (uncredited)
Bruce Gray .... sculpture art provided by (uncredited)
Gregg Lehrman .... technical assistant: Hans Zimmer (uncredited)
Moanike'ala Nakamoto .... assistant: Hans Zimmer (uncredited)
Jesse Wagler .... production assistant: yU+Co. (uncredited)
Lynnanne Zager .... adr voice (uncredited)
 

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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, violence, some sexual content and language
Runtime:
116 min | Canada:120 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-11 | Germany:12 (w) | Iceland:12 | Ireland:12 | Japan:PG-12 | Malaysia:U | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:M | Norway:15 | Philippines:PG-13 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:PG13 (re-rating) | South Korea:15 | Sweden:7 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:12 (canton of the Grisons) | UK:12A (original rating) | UK:12 (video rating) (2004) | USA:PG-13 (certificate #39979)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Beth Grant and Fran Kranz previously appeared in Donnie Darko (2001). They don't share scenes in any of those movies.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Roy, Frank, and Chuck are having lunch... Roy tells Frank he's got to fly to Phoenix. Chuck is holding his wine glass by the stem, and in next camera view over his right shoulder, he's holding it by the globe.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Roy:Uno, due, tre.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Guardian (2006/I)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Lonely BullSee more »

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37 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Sustained my interest throughout, 8 February 2006
Author: MovieAddict2016 from UK

Roy (Nicolas Cage) has some problems. He suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic attacks, and gets totally hysterical when people leave doors open, don't take off their shoes, get mud on his carpet, etc. He takes pills for the many problems, but he accidentally knocked them down the garbage disposal and is a big frantic mess now, complete with nervous ticks of the face and exclamations of "mmm..." at the end of his sentences.

That's a problem that severely interferes with his job as a con artist. He's not a con man, he's not a rip-off man, he's a con artist, with added emphasis on the "artist" part. He views his job as a beauty, a sort of majestic way of expressing himself, but not really, that's a lie, it's just something that makes him sleep better at night.

He hates his job because it makes him feel dirty. It's not fun ripping off old people or fat people, but he is a high school drop out, how else can he get a decent paying job?

His partner, Frank Mercer (Sam Rockwell), is a bit more at ease than Roy. He doesn't seem to mind his job all that much. Roy, on the other hand, is turning into a complete nut, and after going to a recommended psychiatrist, he musters up the courage to confront his 14-year-old daughter, Angela (Alison Lohman), who is eager to escape her controlling mother and check out her long-lost big pop.

The film has a lot of different stories going on -- the worry-wart who learns to put aside his nervous ticks, the long-lost father who reunites with his daughter, and the con artist who tries to give it up for a normal life. They all succeed as a story, but the film's only flaw is its wandering, which goes on far too long.

Who cares (and I mean that as a statement, not a question). The film is one of the great entertainments of the year. It has twists, turns, and a big streak of enjoyability running through it.

Nicolas Cage is on a winning streak. First 2002's Oscar-winning "Adaptation," now this (rumored to be entered into the Oscar race for 2004). Who would'a thunk it?

Sam Rockwell ("Confessions of a Dangerous Mind") continues to impress, while Alison Lohman (a 20-something actress playing a teenager) shines and convincingly portrays exactly what the character needs.

Ridley Scott ("Alien"), the infamous British director, uses some great camera techniques here -- filmed in a blue shade with lots of different camera flashes, he subtly forces the audience into Roy's head, especially during sequences when Roy is having little breakdowns and the people and objects around him start moving at warp-speed.

I'll admit that I'm a big fan of con man movies because I find them amusing. But "Matchstick Men" is not really a con man movie -- it's a movie about a con man who has to cope with his job and private life. And a movie about a con man who finds he has a daughter. And a con man who gets conned. It's all enjoyable, and though the film is long, I never felt very bored by it at all -- it sustained my interest throughout its running time. That's rarer and rarer nowadays.

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