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Deception (I) (2008)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  25 April 2008 (USA)
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An accountant is introduced to a mysterious sex club known as The List by his lawyer friend. But in this new world, he soon becomes the prime suspect in a woman's disappearance and a multi-million dollar heist.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lawyer #1
Lawyer #2
Christine Kan ...
Tennis Player
Dante Spinotti ...
Herr Kleiner / Mr. Moretti
Waitress (as Karolina Müller)
Agnete Oernsholt ...
Woman at Waldorf Astoria
Melissa Rae Mahon ...
Velvet Rope Dancer #1
Velvet Rope Dancer #2
Holly Cruikshank ...
Velvet Rope Dancer #3
Deborah Yates ...
Tango Dancer
Clancey Controller


Cat and mouse. Jonathan McQuarry is an auditor in Manhattan, moving from office to office checking their books. While working late, a smooth and well-dressed man named Wyatt Bose chats Jonathan up, offers him a joint, and soon they're pals. When their cell phones are accidentally swapped, Jonathan answers Wyatt's phone to a series of women asking if he's free tonight. Jonathan discovers it's a sex club: busy powerful people meet each other anonymously in hotels. Jonathan falls for one of the club members, whom he knows only as "S," whom he's also seen on a subway. When she goes missing, patterns emerge and Jonathan faces demands involving violence and lots of money. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


When you're in this world, no one is who they seem, and everyone is playing the game.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language, brief violence and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 April 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The List  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£255,958 (UK) (25 April 2008)


$4,597,760 (USA) (20 June 2008)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The passports of both Jonathan and Wyatt, which are presented to the bank employee in Spain, show an identical date of birth. Both show the D.O.B. as Feb 23, 1974. See more »


Both the passports of Jonathan McQuarry and Wyatt Bose shows the same passport number as 5200136290, same DOBs, and same Date of Issue. See more »


Jonathan McQuarry: [after having sex with a woman in The List] Can I ask you something? Why do you do this?
Wall Street Belle: For the same reason that men do it - the economics of the arrangement. It's intimacy without intricacy. I work past midnight almost every night.
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Crazy Credits

The end credit sequence initially lists Hugh Jackman and Ewan McGregor as "Ewan Jackman" and "Hugh McGregor" before forming the correct names. See more »


Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 26 April 2008 (2008) See more »


Yeh Yeh
Performed by Hugh Jackman
Written by Jon Hendricks (as John Hendricks) (ASCAP), Pat Patrick (BMI),
Rogers Lee Grant (BMI)
Published by Mongo Music, Inc. (BMI)
Administered by Bug
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Not great, not bad, but mostly boring
2 May 2008 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

This movie is supposed to be a thriller, but is unfortunately quite short of "thrills".

My biggest complaint would be the movie's pace - it is very slow, and at times quite boring.

There are far too many implausabilities and plot holes, but even if you suspend your disbelief and just accept the story being told, it's still not a very good movie.

The script just isn't very good.

This is by no means the worst movie ever, however if you're looking for a GOOD thriller, I would not recommend this movie as one.

It's a shame really, because Hugh needs another good movie to boost his career. His last few have not been critical or box office smash hits (save the X-Men franchise), and I'm starting to seriously doubt his ability to pick good scripts. Hopefully "Australia" will turn his sadly not- so-good streak around.

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