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Duplicity (2009)

PG-13  |   |  Crime, Romance, Thriller  |  20 March 2009 (USA)
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Two ex-government agents turned rival industrial spies have to be at the top of their game when one of their companies prepares to launch a major product. However, they distract each other in more ways than one.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Garsik's Aide
Tully's Assistant (as Lisa Roberts Gillan)
Boris Fetyov (as Oleg Stefan)
Hotel Manager


Ray works for MI6, Claire for the CIA. She burns him in Dubai. Jump ahead five years: he sees her in Grand Central and confronts her. Both now work in industrial security for corporate giants whose CEOs hate each other. Flashbacks fill us in: is it coincidence that he sees her in Grand Central? In about a week, one of the firms is going to announce a revolutionary product. Under the guise of helping that corporation's rival, can Ray and Claire work their own theft and find an independent buyer? To work together, using the corporate rivalry to their advantage, they would have to trust one another - difficult, if not impossible. Or, is one playing the other? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Outwit. Outspy. Outsmart. Outplay. Then get out.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 March 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Duplicidad  »

Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£796,244 (UK) (20 March 2009)


$40,559,930 (USA) (22 May 2009)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character of Claire Stenwick is named for classic-era movie actress Barbara Stanwyck. See more »


During the opening-scene fight between the two CEOs in the airport it is supposedly raining (everybody carries umbrellas). However, Tully and Garsik do not get wet. See more »


Ray Koval: [referring to the thong Claire found in his wardrobe] I've been loyal to you. The only woman who's been in this apartment is the landlady and she couldn't wear that thing as a wristband.
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Written by Daniel May
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enjoyable yet confounding
20 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As with any spy film, a certain amount of complexity in the script is to be expected. However this spy film adds on plot twists, flash backs, back stabbing and double agents with so much frequency that it left me scratching my head by its end. As an on screen team Julia Roberts and Clive Owen work well together but even their performances were drowned out by the sheer complexity of the script. There are also welcome surprises from the supporting cast, each of whom seemed to have their fair share of witty dialogue. Ultimately the movie is less about a romance between rival spies, and is more about keeping its audience wondering just how the plot can twist next. As the final credits role one looming question remains: "What happened here?" even complex spy thrillers such as "Mission Impossible" had some kind of wrap up at its end that cleared up any lingering doubt or questions and we were happier for it. 'Duplicity' is a fun little spy film, with some fine performances by Roberts and Owen and plenty of well written dialogue, but it is brought down by the overly complex plot and I fear will leave even fans of the genre feeling slightly numb when the credits role.

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