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Charlie the Ox (2004)

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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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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4 September 2004 (USA)  »

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1.66 : 1
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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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Thinking man's caper
21 September 2004 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

Better pay attention when watching this one. Not your average dull little crime drama; it's got a clever way of setting up seemingly expected situations and then throwing you a curve or two. I won't give away the twists and turns, but let's just say there are plenty of them. This movie reminded me of the great payback thrillers of the 70s, like Point Black and Charley Varrick, because it is so character-driven. There's a cat-and-mouse contest going on between the main baddie (played by a thoroughly convincing actor I've never seen before) and the title character. Solid acting all around, a sly cameo by Polito, nice touches of dialogue, some technical aspects of safecracking, femme fatales, and little hints that all culminate to make the second half of the movie truly pay off. Without ruining the ending, I'll only say that it was both satisfying and perfectly fitting to Charlie's nature. You can try to guess ahead all you want in this film and you still don't see the surprises coming. Why doesn't Hollywood make smart movies like this anymore?!


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