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Criminal -- A contemporary caper set in L.A.: Rodrigo (Diego Luna) a rookie conmandesperate for money to help his family.
Criminal -- 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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Writers (WGA):
Fabián Bielinsky (film Nueve reinas)
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John C. Reilly ... Richard Gaddis

Diego Luna ... Rodrigo

Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Valerie

Peter Mullan ... William Hannigan

Zitto Kazann ... Ochoa

Jonathan Tucker ... Michael

Laura Cerón ... Waitress (as Laura Ceron)

Soledad St. Hilaire ... Waitress #2

Ellen Geer ... Grandma

Brandon Keener ... Waiter / Daniel
Nick Anavio ... Café Manager

Deborah Van Valkenburgh ... Woman in Elevator

Maeve Quinlan ... Heather / Soccer Man

Brent Sexton ... Ron

Malik Yoba ... Frank Hill

Lillian Hurst ... Mrs. Ochoa

Jack Conley ... Henry the Angry Man

Juan Carlos Cantu ... Rodrigo's Dad

Enrico Colantoni ... Bookish Man
Manny Jimenez ... Briefcase Thief (as Manuel G. Jimenez)
Luis Contreras ... Carlos

Michael Shannon ... Gene

Patricia Belcher ... Female Bank Executive

Paul Norwood ... Bank Manager
Gary L. Mack ... Security Guard (as Gary Mack)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Paul Korda ... Hannigan's Entourage (uncredited)

Directed by
Gregory Jacobs 
Writing credits
Fabián Bielinsky (film Nueve reinas)

Gregory Jacobs (screenplay) &
Steven Soderbergh (screenplay) (as Sam Lowry)

Produced by
George Clooney .... producer
Ben Cosgrove .... executive producer
Mark Cuban .... executive producer
Jennifer Fox .... executive producer
Gregory Jacobs .... producer
Georgia Kacandes .... executive producer
Steven Soderbergh .... producer
Todd Wagner .... executive producer
Original Music by
Alex Wurman 
Cinematography by
Chris Menges (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Douglas Crise 
Stephen Mirrione 
Casting by
Amanda Mackey Johnson 
Cathy Sandrich  (as Cathy Sandrich Gelfond)
Production Design by
Philip Messina 
Set Decoration by
Kristen Toscano Messina 
Costume Design by
Jeffrey Kurland 
Makeup Department
Rebecca Alling .... additional makeup artist
Sheryl Blum .... additional hair stylist
Melanie Hughes .... key makeup artist (as Melanie Hughes-Weaver)
Waldo Sanchez .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Christy Dimmig .... post-production supervisor
Georgia Kacandes .... unit production manager
Robin Le Chanu .... production supervisor
Mark Scoon .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ryan Craig .... second second assistant director (as Ryan D. Craig)
Donald Murphy .... second assistant director
Jonathan Watson .... first assistant director (as Jonathan M. Watson)
Art Department
Adam L. Barker .... plaster foreman
Curt Beech .... art department production assistant
Mike Bomar .... set painter
John Bullard .... propmaker gangboss (as John B. Bullard)
Tom Callinicos .... swing gang
Robert Campbell .... set painter
Bill Duffin .... propmaker gangboss
Michael Jon Duffin .... propmaker gangboss (as Michael Duffin)
Louie Esparza .... set painter (as Louie Esparza Jr.)
Gerard Forrest .... construction foreman
Monica Frommholz .... art department coordinator
Hank Giardina .... paint supervisor
William Gideon .... general foreman
Amber Haley .... key buyer (as Amber Elkins)
George Hess .... set dresser
Paul Luther Jackson .... swing gang (as Paul Jackson)
Bud Kucia .... welding foreman
Steven Ladish .... swing gang (as Steve-o Ladish)
Lance Larson .... co-property master
Rojelio Lopez .... labor foreman
Steven B. Melton .... property master
John Moore .... construction foreman
Jim Paniagua .... construction toolman
Edward J. Protiva .... swing gang
Neil Rust .... paint foreman
Tim Schultz .... property assistant
Raymond Sepulveda .... property assistant
Scott Shordon .... paint foreman (as Scott P. Shordon)
Brett C. Smith .... leadman (as Brett Smith)
Jay Smith .... draper
Chris Snyder .... construction coordinator
Dale Snyder .... construction gangboss
J.R. Vasquez .... swing gang
Chris Zimmerman .... stand-by painter
Don 'Tex' Clark .... lead man: reshoots (uncredited)
David Ladish .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
David Betancourt .... foley mixer
Larry Blake .... sound re-recording mixer
Lawrence L. Commans .... boom operator
Mark Fay .... utility sound (as Mark W. Fay)
Dawn Fintor .... foley artist
Aaron Glascock .... sound re-recording mixer
Aaron Glascock .... supervising sound editor
Aaron Levy .... mix recordist
Oscar Mitt .... assistant sound editor
Kira Roessler .... dialogue editor (as Kira)
Curt Schulkey .... supervising sound editor
Danial Shimiaei .... sound mix engineer
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist
John Joseph Thomas .... foley editor
Marvin Walowitz .... sound effects editor
Mark Weingarten .... production sound mixer
Karen Weissman .... sound post-production assistant
Visual Effects by
Dan Ashton .... scan record operator
Kris Gregg .... scan record supervisor (as Kris Greg)
Erik Hakanen .... scan record coordinator
Greg Hanigan .... scan record manager (as Greg Hannigan)
Mark Shoaf .... 3D artist
Thomas J. Smith .... visual effects supervisor
Robert Alonzo .... stunts
Gary Baxley .... stunts
Eddie Braun .... stunts
Phil Chong .... stunts
Chic Daniel .... stunts
Kofi Elam .... stunts
Kenny Endoso .... stunts
Jeannie Epper .... stunts
Eddie J. Fernandez .... stunts (as Eddie Fernandez)
Brent Fletcher .... stunts
Sonia Izzolena .... stunts (as Sonia Jo Izzolena)
Hubie Kerns Jr. .... stunts
Alex Madison .... stunts (as Gail Monian)
Buck McDancer .... stunts
David Medrano .... stunts
Hugh Aodh O'Brien .... stunts
Manny Perry .... stunts
Jeff Ramsey .... stunts
John Robotham .... stunt coordinator
Gilbert Rosales .... stunts
Ryan Ryusaki .... stunts
Justin Sundquist .... stunts
Jon Valera .... utility stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Alfred Ainsworth .... video assist operator
James W. Apted .... first assistant camera
Dana Baker .... best boy grip
Kent Baker .... key rigging grip
Robby Baumgartner .... chief lighting technician (as Robert Baumgartner)
Kyle Boorman .... light balloon technician
Thomas S. Ciciura .... assistant camera
Chris Culliton .... rigging best boy (as Christopher Culliton)
David Galbraith .... first assistant camera
Suzanne Hanover .... still photographer
Nathan Hathaway .... rigging electrician
Orlando Hernandez .... lighting technician
Nate Johnson .... rigging electrician
Michael Kelly .... lighting technician
Al LaVerde .... key grip (as Al La Verde)
Jonathan Leary .... company grip
David Levich .... rigging best boy grip
Jon Lindsay .... film loader
Jonathan Patrick Lindsay .... film loader
David 'Louie' Lukasik .... lighting technician (as Dave Lukasik)
Duane Manwiller .... Steadicam operator (as Duane 'DC' Manwiller)
Duane Manwiller .... camera operator (as Duane 'DC' Manwiller)
Todd A. Marks .... video playback operator (as Todd Aron Marks)
Chris Menges .... camera operator
Ken Metz .... company grip
Chris Milani .... best boy electric
Mike Moad .... dolly grip
Bruce Robinson .... second assistant camera (as Bruce A. Robinson)
Alex Sinclair .... lighting technician (as Alex 'Soulkane' Sinclair)
Ryan Vanlossberg .... company grip (as Ryan VonLossberg)
Donna Vega .... rigging electrician
Peter Walts .... rigging gaffer
Brian J. Kronenberg .... camera production assistant (uncredited)
Casting Department
Rich King .... extras casting
Wendy Weidman .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Corey Bronson .... costume supervisor (as Corey C. Bronson)
Toby Bronson .... set costumer
Dennis McCarthy .... costumer
Carin Richardson .... costumer
Shoshana Rubin .... costumer
Jack Taggart .... head ager and dyer
Catherine Wall .... cutter/fitter
Editorial Department
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Paul Kieran .... assistant editor
Denise Marquez .... apprentice editor
Norman R. Walker .... first assistant editor (as Norman Walker)
Lee Wimer .... color timer
Music Department
Glen Caplin .... music supervisor
Steve Durkee .... music mixer
Steve Durkee .... music recordist
Andy Georges .... musician: guitar
D.J. Hodgy .... musician: turntable (as DJ Hodgy)
Rob Jost .... musician: bass
Stefan Nordin .... assistant composer
Ellen Segal .... music editor
Abe Speller .... musician: drums
Alex Wurman .... musician: organ and clavinet
Shie Rozow .... music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Ronald Arthur Baker .... driver
John Bennetti .... transportation captain
Rich Bennetti .... transportation captain
Loren Bess .... driver
Stephan Brooks .... driver (as Stephen Brooks)
Pat Carman .... driver
Doreen L. Carpenter .... transportation dispatcher (as Doreen Carpenter)
Jon Carpenter .... transportation coordinator (as John Carpenter)
Jimmy Davis .... driver
Guy Duquette .... driver (as Guy A. Duquette)
Bernard Glavin .... driver
Leon Glavin .... driver (as Leon L. Glavin)
Chris Gorden .... transportation
Shane Greedy .... transportation captain
John Jarvis .... driver
Mark Jones .... driver
J.T. Lannen .... driver (as JT Lannen)
Charles Ramirez .... driver
Chance Robertson .... driver
J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car (uncredited)
Other crew
Claudia Bestor .... location assistant
Darin Chavez .... legal
Darin Chavez .... production legal
Anna L. Coats .... key assistant location manager
Chic Daniel .... technical advisor
Betsy Dennis .... assistant: Gregory Jacobs
Lindsay Drucker .... production office intern
Rachel Eggebeen .... assistant: Ms. Fox
Michael Gurewitz .... production office assistant
Andrew Harrison .... assistant location manager (as Andrew P. Harrison)
Jason Hinkel .... first assistant production accountant
Manny Jimenez .... technical advisor (as Manuel G. Jimenez)
Marisol Jiménez .... construction accountant
Christopher Just Weaver .... assistant to cast
Kate Kelly .... production coordinator
Jason Z. Kemp .... set production assistant
Tummer King .... department assistant
Elizabeth Kirkscey .... production secretary
Michael LaCorte .... production office assistant
Ken Lavet .... location manager
Keri Littledeer .... set medic
Sonya Lunsford .... production accountant
Matthew Lyons .... department assistant
Antoine Mascaro .... chef
Satsuki Mitchell .... set production assistant
Danny Molina .... department assistant
Jeff Nystrom .... stand-in: Mr. Reilly
Jennifer Pedevilla .... payroll accountant
Ignacio Ramirez .... mechanic
Scott Rorie .... set production assistant
Spooky Stevens .... publicist
Christopher Tricarico .... production lawyer
Dana Wagner .... set production assistant
Annie Welles .... script supervisor
Dean West .... stand-in: Mr. Luna
Chris Winn .... craft service
Jeff Winn .... craft service
Al Bravo .... production assistant (uncredited)
Chris Cashman .... stand-in (uncredited)
Elizabeth Kirkscey .... assistant: Georgia Kacandes (uncredited)
Debbie Merritt .... assistant production office coordinator: re-shoots (uncredited)
Lary Vinocur .... key assistant location manager (uncredited)
Ted Griffin .... special thanks

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Rated R for language
87 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
DTS | SDDS (8 channels) | Dolby Digital

Did You Know?

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 »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: 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 »
Richard Gaddis:[speaking to Rodrigo] You have one thing money and practice can't buy - you look like a nice guy.See more »
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18 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
A Big Bravo! for this California Transplant from Argentina!, 17 April 2005
Author: gradyharp from United States

As one of the many foreign film devotees who rank writer Fabián Bielinsky's 2000 film NUEVE REINAS from Argentina as one of the best caper films ever, I was completely satisfied with the 'American made version' CRIMINAL. Bielinsky co-wrote this screenplay with director Gregory Jacobs and the result is a terse, witty, fascinating, intelligent film that deserves 5 stars in every category.

Transposing the story (which takes place in one day) to Los Angeles opens up even more avenues of social comment than the original. The use of the various areas of LA that span from the wealth of Beverly Hills to the grandeur of the downtown Biltmore Hotel to the scruffy East LA neighborhoods and other underbellies of Sun City truly match the flow of the story.

Smarmy Richard Gaddis (John C. Reilly) is a small time crook who has experienced every aspect of con games. He dresses like a businessman, drives a Mercedes, and believes that if you're going to con the wealth out of money (which he does without conscience), you must look professional. He observes Rodrigo (Diego Luna) in a cafe doing some very minor con games and when Rodrigo is apparently 'caught', Richard acts the part of a vice officer and saves Rodrigo from being arrested. Here begins their partnership: Richard needs a sideman to assist in an important grifter scheme involving selling a valuable money bill (instead of the stamps with nine queens of the original); Rodrigo (who Richard re-names Brian to Anglicize him so he won't appear a Cholo) needs big money to pay off his father's gambling debt. Through a series of introductory can games they learn to 'trust' each other and the big game begins.

The fast and furious process of the big grift flows with many incidents that are clever, convincingly intriguing, and introduces many characters in its path, each of whom plays a more major role than anyone would expect... Maggie Gylenhaal as Richard's sister Valerie (concierge at the Biltmore) is pulled in unwillingly only after she forces a 'truth session' involving Richard's cheating on their inheritance in front of their brother Michael (Jonathan Tucker), the original forger of the bill Ochoa (Zitto Kazaan), the hit who buys the bill Hannigan (Peter Muller), and all of the apparent bit people in the scheme are superb.

Throughout the story Rodrigo/Brian is portrayed as warm, lovable smalltime beginner, though always ready with a clever intervention, and Richard is the know-it-all conflicted 'boss'. How this relationship mutates is just plain fine writing and acting and the ending of the film is a terrific surprise even to those who know NUEVE REINAS well! Reilly and Luna are perfect choices for these multifaceted roles. Highly Recommended!

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