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Charlie the Ox (2004)

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A safecracker is double-crossed by a gang of bankrobbers and must outwit them to steal back his share of the loot.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Brian Battisti ...
Mazeroski
Aydin Bikul ...
Luis
Jahnika Blythe ...
Teesha
Leona Butler ...
Tom Shannon
Russ Cohen ...
Zeke
Malcolm Dotson ...
Wakefield
Joe Greenan ...
Jackie
D. Michael Kane ...
Stempel
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Cooper
Joe Mazza ...
Billy
Cory McAbee ...
Charlie
Frank Montelongo ...
Frankie Jr.
Tony Morrissey ...
Tiny
Vernon Nellis ...
Bertuccio
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Freddy Boon
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Clever payback thriller about a weak-willed safecracker who gets double-crossed by a gang of bank robbers. A tightly-woven script filled with wit and snappy film-noir dialogue, this low-life caper moves with great energy and contains performances from a colorful collection of veteran character actors. Written by G. Meyer

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Crime only pays when you work alone.

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Thriller | Crime

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On the marquee above the movie theater there's a mention of McAbee's 2001 film The American Astronaut and Smith's award-winning short at Sundance, Carny Tales. See more »

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Excellent writing, clever plot.
21 September 2004 | by See all my reviews

One of my favorite genres is the caper film, and while I wouldn't categorize this one as a strict comedy (because there is so much suspense in it), there's a unique tone to it that can best be classified as dark humor. The script is so well structured and the story is tightly crafted. Each of the players in this story has their light bulb on, and that makes for a fun ride, watching everyone move and counter-move to avoid getting scammed. I got caught off-guard by the opening con (when Polito enters the film) and had to run earlier scenes through my mind again to catch up quickly. But that's when the movie got really interesting for me. Someone should consider tapping McAbee for bigger, better roles, because he is so consistently natural and believable in this part. I wish they would make a follow-up to this little gem, because the character of Charlie the Ox is so engaging that days later I found myself wanting to know what became of him.


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