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Inside Man (2006)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  24 March 2006 (USA)
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A police detective, a bank robber, and a high-power broker enter high-stakes negotiations after the criminal's brilliant heist spirals into a hostage situation.



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From a cell, a man tells us he has planned the perfect bank robbery; he invites us to watch. An efficient gang enters a Manhattan bank, locks the doors, and takes hostages. They work deliberately, without haste. Detective Frazier is assigned to negotiate, but half his mind is occupied with the corruption charges he is facing. The bank's president has something to protect in a safe deposit box, so he brings in Madeleine White, a high-power broker with a hidden agenda. With an army of police surrounding the bank, the thief, the cop, and the plutocrat's fixer enter high-stakes negotiations. Why are the robbers asking for a plane, if they are so competent and they know they won't get one? Why aren't they in more of a hurry? If the job's perfect, why is the thieves' leader in a cell? Written by <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It looked like the perfect bank robbery. But you can't judge a crime by its cover.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violent images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 March 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El plan perfecto  »

Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,806,854 (UK) (24 March 2006)


$88,504,640 (USA) (30 June 2006)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scene in the coffee shop was improvised. On the DVD commentary, Spike Lee states that when Denzel Washington ad-libbed the line, "I'll bet you can get a cab though," he nearly ruined the take by laughing so loud at Washington's line. See more »


Russell holds the older woman at gunpoint and threatens her because she won't take her clothes off. In the next shot, Russell is holding the gun at his side. See more »


[first lines]
Dalton Russell: My name is Dalton Russell. Pay strict attention to what I say because I choose my words carefully and I never repeat myself. I've told you my name: that's the Who. The Where could most readily be described as a prison cell. But there's a vast difference between being stuck in a tiny cell and being in prison. The What is easy: recently I planned and set in motion events to execute the perfect bank robbery. That's also the When. As for the Why: beyond the obvious financial motivation...
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Most unusual for a feature film the creative filmmakers (such as director, writer, producer etc.) are named on a title card in the end credits in addition to their appearance in the opening credits. See more »


References Do the Right Thing (1989) See more »


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Orchestral Arrangement by Terence Blanchard
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Don't miss this awesome movie!!
21 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a movie that you don't want to miss! Wonderful plot and keeps the audience guessing till the last second. Denzel is at his best playing the NYPD detective, his wonderful acting makes this story as believing as it can be. Clive Owen, what a superb actor! He is so clam, smooth, and elegant in this movie and he actually makes me root for the "bad guy" from the beginning till the end. Jodie was good, too. However, she doesn't shine as much as the other two actors, but she is still great. If you have seen the preview of this movie than think it might worth checking out, I'm telling you, this is 100 times better than you think! Get up from your chair and go see the movie, NOW!

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Everybody in the bank had a phone themovielad
Ok I'm stupid, someone please explain it all to me steve-3659
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Why wouldn't the bank guy just be honest about his cell phone..So Stupid shaunsydneymom602
How they could have solved it.. dyseskytten
Fairly racist movie if you look beyond the whole bank robbery thing... HoosierDaddy69
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