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Criminal -- An extremely odd couple come across one of the most valuable pieces of currency in U.S. history. All they have to do is sell it, which is where the real problems begin.
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):
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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 .... 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

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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 »
Factual errors: The Monroe $100 Silver Certificate isn't nearly as valuable as portrayed in the film. They were printed for two years in vast quantities beginning in 1878 and deemed immediately collectible. Hoarders have preserved most of them preventing them from being earning the status of "rare", a mint condition $100 Monroe can be had for less than $2,000 USD and would never command the six figure / half million price in the film.See more »
[last lines]
Rodrigo:I have something for you.
Valerie:You do?
Rodrigo:Yeah, it's very special.
[gives her the ring]
Rodrigo:It belonged to my grandmother and her mother before her.
Valerie:Oh, it's beautiful.
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51 out of 80 people found the following review useful.
Indelible -- a movie I shall never forget, and pleased not to, 23 August 2004
Author: starring-1 from Texas

I just went recently to the Austin Premiere of this flick (which is actually the second showing -- I guess the first premiere must have been in LA).

I expected to see an "okay" film, but what I got to see was really something special! I don't know if I ever saw John G. Reilly as a lead character before (if you don't know his name, you will recognize him from many movies you have seen), and he was awesome! One of those guys who is so ugly that he is adorable. (How many guys can pull that one off?!) But what makes him adorable is not his looks; rather, his acting and flawless timing. This movie had me cracking up so many times from when Reilly delivered his lines straight-faced, playing Richard Gaddis, the "I-don't-give-a-rat's-ass-about-anybody-but-myself swindler" whose only redeeming virtue was his choice to do all his dirty dealings without any violence involved 99% of the time. I swear it made me embarrassed sometimes how loudly I found myself laughing in public when he delivered some of those priceless lines. I wish I could remember a funny one verbatim, but can't, so won't spoil it my misquoting. One funny line that didn't make me laugh out loud but I still remember as a great line was when asked by Diego Luna's character Rodrigo, "What's your sister like?" he responds with, "What's my sister like? She likes to give me s**t."

What is Gaddis' sister like? Indeed. What a cool lady! So sexy, fascinating and unique. She has a walk that, as a woman myself, I'd give a million dollars to learn to imitate. I have to say she beat Mae West or any other screen star. I had not seen Maggie Gyllenhaal (Valeria Gaddis) in films before (sorry, I missed a lot of films in the past some years) but hear she has been around for a while. Now this is one sensual and mysterious mature woman who plays Gaddis' smart-as-a-whip sister who is very, very tired of her brother's B.S. (She is the Concierge at a very classy high-dollar hotel.)

What can I say about Diego Luna? He had me at hello. Oh, to be young and in love. I can feel that way easily watching this very pretty and very excellent actor. I had not seen him before though he may have been well known to everyone but me. (Like I said, I haven't gotten out much, but I do consume hundreds of movies a year, I swear!) One line I remember where I really loved Diego's delivery was when Gaddis is telling someone they are conning that Rodrigo is Spanish. Rodrigo corrects him, "Mexican." The Moment was all there. What a jewel!

And there are many, many jewels in this film. It is fast-moving, and if you like to think and figure out puzzles you will be a pig in mud; if you are like me, not so quick to figure it all out, it may take several viewings to catch on to every ruse, but that's so much of the fun of this movie -- and this movie is, indeed, FUN...!

The first-time director, Gregory Jacobs, did a very fine job in my opinion. I personally would have enjoyed for the movie to go at a slower pace, but that's only because I'm a bit slow myself. (smile)

The directing and acting were excellent, and I felt the chemistry was perfect for the story. This is a film I will enjoy seeing again and again. Great story, good acting -- and with actors that are so fun to look at. All three of the main characters (Reilly, Luna and Gyllenhaal) have faces one never gets tired of looking at.

I'm giving it 9 stars only because it was too fast-paced to allow me to relax while enjoying this deeply enjoyable film. Highly recommended unless you are someone who just HAS to see gratuitous sex and violence in order to enjoy a film. For that you have to go elsewhere.


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