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Two con artists try to swindle a currency collector by selling him a counterfeit copy of an extremely rare currency bill.

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Two grifters - boyish, likable Rodrigo and the scheming, cynical Richard - meet by chance. Richard, who has cheated everyone he knows, including his siblings, is missing his partner, so he offers Rodrigo a job for a day. Rodrigo accepts because he has some savings, but needs more to pay his father's gambling debts. Richard gets a call when an aging, ill ex-associate needs help to sell a forged treasury note to a businessman whose visa is expiring the next day, a wealthy man who sees a chance to turn a quick profit buying what he thinks is a stolen document. When the con men have to improvise, Richard asks Rodrigo to use his savings to set up the deal. Is Rodrigo being conned? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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$283,209 (USA) (10 September 2004)

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$923,426 (USA) (22 October 2004)
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The writing credit for Steven Soderbergh is Sam Lowry, which is the protagonist of the film Brazil (1985). Soderbergh also used this pseudonym on The Underneath (1995). See more »

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When Richard is talking to Valerie about sleeping with William, when the scene first cuts to them, his body and head are moving as if he is saying something, yet the words don't come out until 3 seconds later, then his body stops moving yet he's still saying something. See more »

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Richard Gaddis: [speaking to Rodrigo] You have one thing money and practice can't buy - you look like a nice guy.
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Remake of Nine Queens (2000) See more »

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Darn That Dream
Written by Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen) and Edgar De Lange
Performed by Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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An OK Americanization Into a Contemporary "The Sting"
21 September 2004 | by (Queens, NY) – See all my reviews

"Criminal" is an adequate Americanization of one of my favorite films of 2002, the delightfully twisty "Nine Queens (Nueve Reinas)."

Adapter/debut director Gregory Jacobs doesn't quite make up for the extra tension that Argentina's financial chaos added as an urgent back drop.

Some of the twists are too smoothly straightened out by focusing more on the older con man, here played by John C. Reilly, and his sister, played by Maggie Gyllenhaal without the original's sensuality, despite her low cut blouse.

Diego Luna is a mite young, but he's cast to turn Reilly's character into more of a manipulative mentor and less an apparent partner.

On its own, without comparison to the original, it's an amusing and workmanlike update of "The Sting" crossed with "The Grifters."


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