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Inside Man (2006)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chaim (as Bernard Rachelle)
Captain Coughlin
Victor Colicchio ...
Sergeant Collins
Gerry Vichi ...
Herman Gluck


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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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 USA:

$28,954,945, 26 March 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The soundtrack for Inside Man features the song "Chaiyya Chaiyya", composed by A.R. Rahman, which originally appeared in the Bollywood Hindi film Dil Se.. (1998). The song is featured during the opening credits of the film. A remix of the song, titled "Chaiyya, Chaiyya Bollywood Joint" plays during the end credits, and features Panjabi MC's added rap lyrics about people of different backgrounds coming together in order to survive. See more »


Although Russell disabled the security cameras before the rest of the robbers entered, Detective Frazier could've easily determined who the perpetrators were (with the exception of Russell who left separately) through simple process of elimination. Anyone who exited the bank but was not shown entering it on the security footage is likely involved. 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 »


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if you love hostage movies with suspense, DON'T miss this.
2 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

some people love it, some people don't.

well, i am not the kind of person that looks for the little things in movies to tear it apart and call it awful.

the storyline was amazing. the idea was genius. denzel and clive owen play good guy vs bad guy, and they did a good job. i didn't think this movie was gonna have "action" in it but the action it had was beyond excellent. the way the robbery was conducted gave the viewer chills because it was so amazing. don't listen to bad reviews, if you love hostage movies and suspense/thriller movies (like hostage, phonebooth, etc) then go see this! you will be guessing until the very end. best movie ever.

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