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Deception (2008)

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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 (as Rachel Montez Collins)
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 »

Parents Guide:





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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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first film to feature Michelle Williams and Natasha Henstridge in the same cast since "Species", where they both played younger and older versions of the same character. See more »


The same taxi, with number 8B42, is taken multiple times in the movie, several days apart. 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 Deception: Club Sexy (2008) See more »


Keys to the Kingdom
Performed by Unkle
Written by James Lavelle (PRS), Richard File (PRS), Christopher Allen Goss (as Chris Goss) (PRS),
Gavin Clarke (as Gavin Clark) (PRS)
Published by Copyright Control/Baby Cole Music/Music Sales
Courtesy of Surrender All Ltd.
By Arrangement with Zync Music Inc.
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Good performances, but predictable plot twists.

Jonathan McQuarry, is an accountant who strikes up a friendship with a lawyer called Wyatt Bose. After accidentally swapping phones, McQuarry starts getting calls from women who are part of a group of people who meet purely for casual sexual encounters. During one of these, McQuarry meets a blonde woman whom he becomes close to. When he's attacked and she disappears, he discovers more going on than he realized....

From the above plot description some people can figure out where the story is heading. I for one did. It's a sad fact that the script written by Mark Bomback holds no surprises at all. It also doesn't help that there are plot holes that aren't explained or dealt with. The direction by Marcel Langenegger is okay, but he doesn't add any tension into the movie.

What does save the movie are the three main performances. Michelle Williams is suitably enigmatic as the girl involved, Hugh Jackman as Wyatt Bose brings charm and charisma to the part, and Ewan McGregor as Jonathan McQuarry convinces as the straight, lonely accountant seduced into the events played out.

However the performances alone can't save the movie from being a disappointing, predictable thriller.

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