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Spartan -- The investigation into a kidnapping of the daughter of a high-ranking US government official.

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12 March 2004 (USA) See more »
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She's missing.
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The investigation into a kidnapping of the daughter of a high-ranking US government official. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Mamet strikes again (exciting and illogical as always) See more (239 total) »

Cast

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Tia Texada ... Jackie Black

Derek Luke ... Curtis

Val Kilmer ... Scott

Jeremie Campbell ... Cadre Candidate
Bob Jennings ... Grace's Aide
Lionel Mark Smith ... Colonel Blane

Johnny Messner ... Grace

Chris LaCentra ... Cpl. Sattler (as Chris J. Lacentra)
Renato Magno ... Grossler
Mark FitzGerald ... Training Facility Guard
Tony Mamet ... Parker

Clark Gregg ... Miller

Ron Butler ... Headquarters Agent

Steven Culp ... Gaines (as Stephen Culp)

Vincent Guastaferro ... Naylor

Robert Bella ... Davio
Lana Bilzerian ... Undercover Agent

Aaron Stanford ... Michael Blake

Annie Morgan ... Secret Service Agent (as Ann Morgan)

Geoff Pierson ... Pearce

Sophia Adella Luke ... Agent

Alexandra Kerry ... Bartender

Andy Davoli ... Zimmer
J.J. Johnston ... Night Club Manager

Natalija Nogulich ... Nadya
Margot Farley ... Young Whore

William H. Macy ... Stoddard

Ed O'Neill ... Burch
Rick Levy ... Sedan Man
Jim Frangione ... Stakeout Agent
Danny Hovanesian ... Stakeout Driver (as Dan Hovanesian)
Norm Compton ... Essex House Man #1
Chino Binamo ... Essex House Man #2

Saïd Taghmaoui ... Tariq Asani

Mark Pellegrino ... Convict
Mordecai Finley ... Cadre Operator (as Mordechai Finley)

Jonathan Rossetti ... Medic

Gail Silver ... Pharmacist
Scott Barry ... Cadre Team Leader
Robert Castro ... State Police Liaison Officer
Deb Martin ... Debriefer
Richard L. Friedman ... Crew Chief

David Aranovich ... Cadre Technician
Jody Snider ... Harvard Square Reporter
Virginia Pereira ... TV Anchor Woman
Morris Lamore ... Billy

Clara Mamet ... Billy's Daughter

Matt Malloy ... Mr. Reese
Deborah Bartlett ... Mrs. Newton
Linda Kimbrough ... Donny

Moshe Ivgy ... Avi
Christopher Kaldor ... Yitzik
Ektimal Shbib ... Stewardess

Nasser Faris ... Customs Official (as Al Faris)

Zosia Mamet ... Bedouin Woman

Kick Gurry ... Jones

Kristen Bell ... Laura Newton

Damon Caro ... Balcony Shooter

Ken Moreno ... Bodyguard #1

J.J. Perry ... Bodyguard #2 (as JJ Perry)

Michael Hilow ... Perimeter Guard
Steve Martinez ... Gate Keeper #1

Max Daniels ... Gate Keeper #2
Sandra Lindquist ... Swedish Reporter
Neil Pepe ... News Cameraman
Tim Fleming ... Night Sun Operator
Marc-Allen Barker ... Pilot
Chelle Cerceo ... Marine Flight Crew Chief
Jennifer Ritchkoff ... Marine Captain

Stephen Greif ... Business Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Kuroiwa ... Swat Team Member

Lauren Bowles ... Entertainment Reporter (uncredited)

Yasmine Hanani ... Arabic Girl (uncredited)
Shireen Kadivar ... Arab Woman (uncredited)

Camden Munson ... Bicycle Boy (uncredited)

David Paymer ... TV News Anchor (uncredited)
Christopher Tandon ... Professor Gerald Sloan (uncredited)

Directed by
David Mamet 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
David Mamet (written by)

Produced by
David Bergstein .... producer
Moshe Diamant .... producer
Kareem Elseify .... associate producer
Jan Fantl .... co-producer
James A. Holt .... executive producer (as James Holt)
Frank Hübner .... executive producer (as Frank Huebner)
Jerry P. Jacobs .... line producer: additional unit
Art Linson .... producer
Joseph Merhi .... co-producer
Rick Nathanson .... line producer
Elie Samaha .... producer
Tracee Stanley .... executive producer
Paul Tivers .... line producer: London
 
Original Music by
Mark Isham 
 
Cinematography by
Juan Ruiz Anchía (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Barbara Tulliver 
 
Casting by
Cassandra Kulukundis 
 
Production Design by
Gemma Jackson 
 
Art Direction by
Christopher Tandon 
 
Set Decoration by
Susan Emshwiller 
 
Costume Design by
Shay Cunliffe 
 
Makeup Department
John R. Bayless .... key makeup artist
Candida Conery .... key hair stylist (as Candy Conery)
Tarra D. Day .... makeup artist: Mr. Kilmer (as Tarra Day)
Nicole DeFrancesco .... assistant hair stylist (as Nicole Frank)
Brenda McNally .... hair stylist: Boston unit
Peter Robb-King .... makeup department head (as Peter Robb King)
Annie Townsend .... hairdresser: London
 
Production Management
Dorothy Aufiero .... unit production manager: Boston
Tessa Beazley .... production manager: London
Reinhild Gräber .... production supervisor: ApolloProMedia
Nicole Haeussermann .... production supervisor: Kolin S.A.
Steven Kaminsky .... post-production supervisor
John J. Kelly .... unit production manager
Rudolf Kurz .... production supervisor: ApolloProMedia
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anne Berger .... second second assistant director (as Anne M. Berger)
Max Day .... first assistant director: second unit
Maximillian D. Day .... first assistant director: second unit
Cas Donovan .... first assistant director
Lucy Egerton .... third assistant director: London
Richard Gonzales .... second assistant director: second unit
Michael Helfand .... second assistant director
Stuart Renfrew .... first assistant director: London
Nickie Sault .... second assistant director: London
Lisa Zimble .... additional first assistant director
 
Art Department
Suzy Abbott .... charge scenic: Boston
Peter Bankins .... property master
Robert Bankins .... assistant props
Chris Barnes .... lead painter
Thomas Bean .... art department assistant: Boston
Bobby Bednar .... general foreman
Palma Bellardoni .... art department assistant
Cliff Berns .... painter
Greg Berry .... set designer (as Gregory A. Berry)
Mark Borg .... propmaker
Alex Boswell .... props: London
Jesse Brown .... propmaker (as Jesse J. Brown)
David T. Cannon .... construction coordinator
Angela Cimarusti .... painter
Graham Cole .... stand-by carpenter: London
Chris Coulson .... lead man
Jack Coyle .... construction foreman: Boston
Roy Dickson .... propmaker
Oliver Doering .... props: second unit
Gretchen Engel .... art department coordinator
Jennifer Engel .... swing: Boston (as Jennifer Engle)
Rodger Enochson .... propmaker
Alice Felton .... buyer: London
Paulette Fox .... painter
Kyra Friedman Curcio .... set decorator: Boston (as Kyra Friedman-Curcio)
Stephen Garner .... propmaker foreman
Simon Georgiou .... gang boss
Simon Georgiou .... painter
Paul W. Gorfine .... stand-by painter: Boston (as Paul Gorfine)
Elizabeth Hart .... painter
Jay Heyman .... set dresser: Boston
Johnmichael Hull .... stand-by scenic artist
Robert Andrew Johnson .... digital set designer: additional photography
Barry Jones .... paint foreman
Colin Thomas Kass .... propmaker (as Collin Kaas)
Morgan Kling .... art department assistant: Boston
Gary Laca .... laborer
Eric Levenson .... scenic foreman
Nancy Lowry .... swing
Lyle Maves .... plasterer foreman
Butch McCarthy .... key greens (as John 'Butch' McCarthy)
Anthony Medina .... propmaker (as Tony Medina)
Kenji Messenger .... swing: Boston
Walt Mikolwski .... propmaker
Alberto Miyares .... propmaker
Christina Moore .... art director: London
Christina Moore .... set decorator: London
Kris Moran .... third props: Boston
Gregory Morell .... set dresser: Boston (as Greg Morell)
Masael Paraja .... laborer (as Misael Paraja)
Darryl Paterson .... props: London (as Darryll Patterson)
Peter Ramsey .... storyboard artist
Stuart Rankine .... assistant property master
Paul Richards .... lead man: Boston
George Rivera Jr. .... laborer
James Ruvalcaba .... laborer
Phillip Ruvalcaba .... general labor foreman
Kurt Smith .... construction coordinator: Boston
Sharon Speller .... painter
Carl Sprague .... art director: Boston
Pedro Vides .... propmaker
Ray Yamagata .... assistant art director
Fante Zamora .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Richard Adrian .... sound effects editor
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Nancy Barker .... first assistant sound editor
Felipe Borrero .... sound mixer (as Felipe Berreo)
Stephanie Brown .... adr editor
Matthew Desorgher .... sound maintenance: London
Matt Dubin .... mixing recordist
Stephanie Flack .... supervising adr editor
Stephanie Flack .... supervising dialogue editor
Gary Gegan .... sound re-recording mixer
Tony Gray .... utility sound technician
Paul Hackner .... adr editor
Matt Hedges .... sound effects coordinator
Denise Horta .... adr editor
Matthew Iadarola .... sound re-recording mixer
Michael Edward Johnson .... sound effects editor
Colin Jones .... boom operator
Clarissa Keller .... mix facility coordinator
Eddie Kim .... foley editor
Andrew Lackey .... foley editor (as Andrew P. Lackey)
Mark Larry .... sound effects editor
Kimberly Ellen Lowe .... dialogue editor (as Kimberly Lowe Voigt)
Del Martin .... digital engineer
David McRell .... digital engineer
Andrea M. Metty .... mix facility coordinator
Michael A. Morongell .... sound mixing engineer (as Michael Morongell)
Chris Navarro .... adr recordist
Jason Piatt .... foley mixer
Eryne Prine .... foley editor
Reuben Simon .... foley editor
Eric Thompson .... adr mixer
Donna G. Walker .... post sound operations
Bryan O. Watkins .... sound effects recordist
Warren A. Weberg .... utility sound
Nathan Whitehead .... assistant sound editor
Clive Winter .... sound mixer: London
James Wright .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Richard E. Yawn .... supervising sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Charles Cooley .... special effects technician
Roger Danchik .... special effects assistant: Boston
Timothy B. Graham .... special effects
John Harajovic .... special effects coordinator: Boston
Mario Presterone .... third special effects assistant: Boston
Tom Seymour .... special effects key
J.D. Streett .... special effects supervisor
Blumes Tracy .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Johnathan R. Banta .... digital supervisor: Sassoon Film Design
Barry Berman .... compositor
Chris Brown .... visual effects supervisor (as Chris 'CB' Brown)
Travis Dutch .... scanning and recording
Jason Jue .... compositor
Jeremy Nicolaides .... digital compositor
Tim Sassoon .... visual effects producer
Chie Yoshii .... compositor
 
Stunts
Danny Aiello III .... stunt coordinator: Boston
Damon Caro .... stunt performer
Max Daniels .... stunt performer
Keith Davis .... stunt double: Curtis
Jared S. Eddo .... stunt double: Jones/Zimmer (as Jared Eddo)
Cory Fleming .... ground coordinator
Michael Hilow .... utility stunts
Toby Holguin .... stunt double: Guy
Norman Howell .... stunt double: Scott
Brian Imada .... stunt coordinator: second unit
Jeff Imada .... stunt coordinator
Cinda-Lin James .... stunt double: Laura Newton (as Cinda James)
Brett A. Jones .... stunt double: Convict (as Brett Jones)
Alex Madison .... stunts (as Gail Monian)
Greg Wattkis .... stunt double: Derek Luke
Scott Waugh .... stunt double: Assani
Danny Weselis .... stunt double: Trooper
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Archibald .... grip: second unit
Greg Banta .... key rigging gaffer
Woody Bell .... company grip: on-location
Ken Berkhout .... rigging best boy electric (as Ken Berkout)
Arthur Blum .... dolly grip: second unit
Steve Blythe .... best boy: London
Massimo Bordonaro .... ad/pub services
Timothy R. Boyce Jr. .... video playback operator: Boston
Eric Boyle .... grip: Boston
Jim Bridges .... still photographer: Boston
Gary Brostrom .... key rigging grip (as Gary A. Brostrom)
Evans Brown .... lamp operator: Boston
Charles John Bukey .... key grip
Rick Cardillo .... electrician
Mark J. Casey .... best boy electric: Boston (as Mark Casey)
Alan Caso .... director of photography: second unit
Rafael 'Rafa' Castro .... video assist operator
Jeff Clark .... Steadicam operator
Henry Cline .... camera operator: "b" camera
Mike Conners .... lamp operator
Mike Connors .... electrician
Robert Cuddy .... rigging electrician: Boston
Thomas A. Curran .... grip (as Thomas Curran)
Peter D'Angelo .... grip
Shannon Deats .... electric camera cart operator
Karen L. Dicey .... grip
Michael DiIeso .... rigging key grip: Boston
Tim Driscoll .... rigging grip: Boston
Wayne L. Duncan .... grip (as Wayne Duncan)
Sean P. Fickert .... best boy electric
Sean P. Fickert .... best boy grip: Boston (as Sean Fickert)
Bill Flannigan .... grip: Boston
Steven Frohardt .... grip (as Steve Frohardt)
Michael Glover .... electrician
Merritt Gold .... first assistant camera: London (as Merrit Gold)
Bruce Alan Greene .... Steadicam operator
Bruce Alan Greene .... camera operator: "a" camera
Darren Grosch .... electrician: London
Barry Gross .... electrician
Lisa Guerriero .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Matthew Haskins .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Kira Hellickson .... camera loader: second unit
Bradley Hogan .... second assistant camera: London
Christian J. Hollyer .... camera loader: Boston
Ryan Huston .... electrician
Frederick Iannone .... camera operator: second unit (as Fred Iannone)
Jendra Jarnagin .... additional electrician
Bengt Jonsson .... camera operator: "b" camera
Luke Kalarickal .... lamp operator
Glenn Kaplan .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
John Kaplan .... grip: Boston
John R. Kaplan .... grip
Eric Komar .... grip: Boston
Steve Koster .... camera operator: SpaceCam
Zach Lazar .... electrician
Jon Lindsay .... camera loader
Tommy Lohmann .... a camera/steadicam operator
Keith Manning .... dolly grip: London
Roger Marbury .... electrician
Marc Margulies .... assistant camera
Niran Martin .... second assistant camera
Manny Mendez .... grip: second unit
Kory Mills .... lighting technician
James R. Mitchell .... rigging electric best boy: Boston
Daisuke Dice Miyake .... grip
Steve Myers .... lamp operator
Mark Nutkins .... second second assistant camera: London
Masahiro Onodera .... camera technician: SpaceCam
Chris Pavlu .... electrician
Michael Peterson .... rigging grip
Brian A. Pitts .... set electrician
Aaron Ponciano .... video assist operator: second unit
Tony Porto .... grip
David Puopolo .... grip
Kenny Reed .... crane operator
Philip A. Reilly .... electrician
Michael E. Reynolds .... generator operator: Boston (as Mike Reynolds)
Daryl Richardson .... grip: Boston
Bruce Robinson .... second assistant camera
Justin Rowan .... lamp operator
Patrick Ruth .... rigging gaffer: Boston
David A. Santos .... grip: second unit (as David Santos)
Roger Sassen .... gaffer: second unit
Lorey Sebastian .... still photographer
Gomidas Semerjian .... rigger
Alan Shultz .... dolly grip
Kurt Stevens .... best boy grip
Steven Swannell .... electrician: London (as Steve Swannell)
Timothy M. Sweeney .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, Boston (as Tim Sweeney)
Chuck Turner .... best boy rigging grip (as Charles Turner)
Aaron Walters .... gaffer: London (as A.J. Walters)
Tony Whitman .... key grip: second unit
Kevin Williams .... best boy electric
Greg Wimer .... first assistant camera
Robert Witherspoon .... gaffer (as Bobby Wotherspoon)
Jason Patrick Wotherspoon .... rigger (as Jason Wotherspoon)
Taylor Black .... camera production assistant (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
John Barba .... casting associate
Khadj Edison .... casting assistant: Boston
Elaine Fallon .... casting: London
Tamara Hood .... casting assistant: Boston
Jennifer Lurey .... regional casting
Angela Peri .... extras casting: Boston
Dixie Webster .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Danielle Baker .... set costumer
Debbie Holbrook .... wardrobe supervisor: Boston (as Deb Holbrook)
Amy Lin .... wardrobe production assistant
Marcus Love-McGuirk .... costume designer: UK
Marcus Love-McGuirk .... costume supervisor: UK
Daniel Grant North .... costume supervisor
Margaret Palmer .... costumer: Boston
Amy Elise Roberts .... key costumer
Jaci Rohr .... extras set costumer
Tim Wegman .... set costumer
 
Editorial Department
Daniel Boccoli .... apprentice editor
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
David Kaldor .... apprentice editor
Dennis McNeill .... color timer
Eric Osmond .... first assistant editor
Jim Passon .... co-color timer
Jared Seltzer .... post-production assistant
Michal Shemesh .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
Sandy DeCrescent .... orchestra contractor
Steve Genewick .... assistant score recordist
Stephen Krause .... music scoring mixer
Ken Kugler .... conductor
Ken Kugler .... orchestrator
David Low .... music contractor
Maria Newman .... musician
Cindy O'Connor .... music assistant: additional arrangements
Mark Reveley .... assistant score recordist
David Speltz .... musician: cello
Joshua Winget .... music editor
Elliott Goldkind .... assistant music editor (uncredited)
Elliott Goldkind .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Scott McRae .... music preparation (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Bobby Anderson .... picture car coordinator
Jeff L. Anderson .... transportation office coordinator
Denise Avallon .... driver
Bob Carnes .... driver
Daniel Davis .... driver: base camp generator
Bob Dorn .... production driver
Jimmy Flynn .... transportation captain: Boston
J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car
Stephen A. Latina .... transportation coordinator
Robert Martini .... transportation coordinator: Boston
Mike Middleton .... picture car coordinator
William O'Brien .... driver
John 'J.P.' Pratt .... transportation co-captain (as John Pratt)
Timothy P. Ryan .... transportation captain
Harry Zabounian .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
David Aaron .... armorer
Mary L. Agnes .... production assistant
H. Leah Amir .... craft service
Louie Attardo .... operator: HotHead
Heidi August .... accountant: Boston
Craig Ayers .... production coordinator
Stephanie Bartosiewicz .... assistant: Mr. Kilmer
Kevin Bell .... assistant: Mr. Merhi
Janine Bevan .... production secretary: London
David Boardman .... location manager: London
Michelle Boston .... assistant: Mr. Mamet, London (as Michele Boston)
Josef Brandmaier .... project manager
Kenny Chaplin .... key set production assistant
Scott E. Chester .... production liaison
Susan Christy .... craft service: Boston (as Sue Christy)
Peter J. Clark .... script supervisor (as Peter Clark)
Paul Codiga .... assistant location manager
Colleen Connors .... production office assistant: Boston
Stephanie Counts .... assistant: Mr. Diamant
Mark Cross .... assistant production coordinator
Mary Cybulski .... script supervisor: Boston
Jaime Daly .... assistant location manager
Birthe Danielsen .... assistant: Mr. Huebner
Mike Davidson Graniere .... production assistant
David Diamond .... location manager
Niva Dorell .... set assistant: Mr. Mamet
David Ducar .... business & legal affairs (2004)
Randi Feldman .... script supervisor: second unit
Carey Field .... set production assistant: second unit
Thomas Fischer .... legal affairs
Mark Fitzgerald .... location manager: Boston
Amy Fleck .... set production assistant: second unit
Christian Frohn .... assistant: Mr. Fanti
Mairead Gaffney .... production assistant: Boston
Rosemary Gearheart .... stand-in
Cole Gittinger .... set production assistant
Andy Goldman .... title designer: main and end titles
Gerardo Gomez .... office production assistant
Carlos Guel .... chef
P.J. Haines .... chef
Emily Halpern .... production assistant
Eric L. Haney .... military advisor
Eric L. Haney .... technical advisor
Julie Hansen .... post production accountant
Steve Hoare .... production coordinator
Dana Imsande .... production assistant
Nicholas Irwin .... first assistant production accountant (as Nick Irwin)
Dan Izen .... vtr assistant
John Jabaley .... assistant location manager
Lynn Johnson .... set medic
Carrie Mae Jones .... second assistant accountant
Michael Judge .... location manager
Yaron Kaver .... production assistant
Andy Kim .... set production assistant: second unit
Dewey Kim .... set production assistant (as David 'Dewey' Kim)
John LaBrucherie .... set production assistant
Kym Langlie .... unit publicist
Jane Lanoutte .... unit publicist: Boston
Dina J. Leuchter .... key office production assistant
James MacDonald .... on-set medic
Scott Masterson .... key production assistant: Boston
Mike James Masumoto .... assistant location manager (as Michael Masumoto)
Lisa McPherson .... production assistant
Erik Mygrant .... production assistant
Nir Nahum .... set intern
Stevie Nelson .... key assistant location manager
Michael Peavey .... helicopter pilot
Alexis Perkins .... production assistant
Michael Pfluegl .... assistant: Mr. Samaha
Kim Quam .... set medic
Michael Rae .... production assistant
Michael W. Rae .... production assistant
Luke Ramsey .... location manager: Boston
Bill Richards .... helicopter pilot
Adam W. Rosen .... legal services
Shane Ross .... motion graphics
Denyse Rossi .... payroll accountant (as Denyse Mihalopoulos)
Joseph Saroufim .... production assistant
Gretchen Schlottman .... assistant craft service: Boston
Laura Sherman .... assistant production coordinator
David Snider .... set production assistant: Boston
Barbara-Ann Stein .... production accountant (as B.A. Stein)
Pavel Sterba .... assistant location manager
Amanda Stevens .... location manager: London
Pam Susemiehl .... assistant: Mr. Mamet
Megan Swan .... assistant unit publicist: Boston
Heather Taylor .... script supervisor: London
Jeremy Tipton .... production assistant
Bridgetta Tomarchio .... assistant: Mr. Kilmer
Judi Townsend .... script supervisor
Steve Trombatore .... payroll accountant
Harriet Voyt .... assistant: Mr. Mamet
Ian Watermeier .... production executive
Emily Weisberg .... assistant: Mr. Mamet
Shawn Tanaka .... assistant: William H. Macy (uncredited)
 

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Rated R for violence and language
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Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Germany:16 | Iceland:16 | Italy:T | Netherlands:12 | Philippines:PG-13 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | Singapore:PG (cut) | South Korea:15 | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #40304)

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Warner Bros. Pictures, the film's US distributor, briefly considered re-titling the film "Ranger" after test marketing showed that people didn't understand the original name. A handful of trade publications had the film listed as "Ranger" on their release schedules, but in the end WB decided to stick with "Spartan".See more »
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Revealing mistakes: The "scarecrow" that Scott throws from behind the shed to divert the sniper fire is clearly a human stunt double.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Scott:You had your whole life to prepare for this moment. Why aren't you ready?
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19 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Mamet strikes again (exciting and illogical as always), 31 January 2005
Author: Indyrod from United States

Oh boy, where to start on this confusing convoluted thriller from ace screenwriter and director Mamet. Val Kilmer does his best to add some real spark to a story about the apparent accidental kidnapping of the President's daughter. Kilmer is a super duper special forces agent who will do anything, and I mean anything to succeed at his assignment. Accidental I say, because it turns out she was kidnapped by Middle Eastern white slave trade marketers who deals with young blonds, after a security lapse that left the President's daughter vulnerable in a sleazy Boston club. Now keep in mind, the slave traders do not know who she is, at least that's how the story goes. But wait a minute, just after we learn all of this and the evidence is pointing in that direction, a HUGE plot twist develops that puts all of that to bed. Or does it??? I'll leave the spoilers out because what I've told you is just the beginning of the movie. David Mamet is a king of twisting confusing sometimes plots, being borderline ridiculous, and this one is no exception. But Val Kilmer saves the day as he does with a lot of movies, and his performance alone is worth seeing this Mamet thriller. I'm a huge Kilmer fan and it's always a joy to see him perform, no matter how far out the role. And this IS a pretty far out role. The supporting cast includes such standouts as William Macy (one of his worst roles ever), Derek Luke as Kilmer's novice partner, cameo-like appearance by Ed O'Neill, Kristen Bell as the kidnap victim. Despite its shortcomings, I enjoyed the movie and would recommend it for thrillers that have that giant leap of logic. The ending is pretty exciting, again with logic totally turned off, but what the hell, there's a lot of action, several twists and turns and I'll take that anytime over the mindless fluff that is coming out of Hollywood lately.

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