Criminal (2004)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama  |  24 September 2004 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Waitress (as Laura Ceron)
Waitress #2
Waiter / Daniel
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Heather / Soccer Man
Frank Hill


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 <>

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »





Release Date:

24 September 2004 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$923,426 (USA) (22 October 2004)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Despite the fact that this was filmed in the standard spherical format, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits. See more »


When Richard and Rodrigo are walking down the street, the briefcase jumps from Richard's left hand to his right hand (next to Rodrigo). See more »


Rodrigo: Hey, so, what's next?
Richard Gaddis: I don't know. Maybe we should go our own ways. The Jew is going to be coming back soon. He finds out I replaced him, he'll be pissed. The Jew gets jealous.
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Remake of Nine Queens (2000) See more »


Written by Oscar Peterson
Performed by The Oscar Peterson Trio with Clark Terry
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Con men
18 September 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

One question that always pop in my mind whenever Hollywood tries to remake a foreign film that was successful is: Why? In most cases, the end result is disastrous; it never compares with the original movie and why spend money in something that has already been done, better.

The movie in question here is the Argentine surprise film of last year, "9 Queens". In it, Fabian Belinsky, its director, was able to give us an original story, a caper, that was well executed and brilliantly acted; it was a pleasure to watch.

Not to put this movie down, but it suffers in comparison. Gregory Jacobs, the director, has adapted the story to present day Los Angeles and the story hasn't changed at all. The memory of the other movie was still vivid in our minds, so there was no surprise with this one.

The acting is good in general. John C. Reilly makes the con man Richard Gaddis perfectly slimy. Diego Luna brings a nice balance to his role, and Maggie Gillenhaal is excellent as the long suffering sister.

If you haven't seen the original, this version works fine.

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