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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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The original music composed by Steve Graham pays homage to the slinky spy scores of the 1960s. See more »

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Superb casting - recommended
13 March 2005 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Everyone is excellent in this non-stop indie. McAbee plays it taunt as a sketchy burglar, who strings along a C-list of incompetents to exact his revenge plot. Every actor is almost pitch perfect for the parts they play and the movie was very enjoyable overall. Newcomer Kane is suitably menacing as Stempel, and in my mind, this is as much his movie as McAbee's. Mr. Polito has to be one of my favorite actors working today, and his small scenes are laced with a slow leaking tension that literally comes around later in the film when a tea kettle starts its long wail. Throughout, there's a cloud of impending doom - sometimes it's real suspense, other times it's more like melancholy. But this festival film has to be one of the best 'don't tread on me' type movies in the last few years. Strong performances. Big laughs. Great quotable lines. Real moments of suspense. Some foul language. But HIGHLY recommended.

My Grade: A

Where I saw it: Cinequest


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