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The Samaritan (2012)

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After twenty years in prison, Foley is finished with the grifter's life. When he meets an elusive young woman named Iris, the possibility of a new start looks real. But his past is proving to be a stubborn companion.

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Jake
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After twenty years in prison, Foley is finished with the grifter's life. When he meets an elusive young woman named Iris, the possibility of a new start looks real. But his past is proving to be a stubborn companion.

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You've got to know a secret to tell a secret.

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Rated R for strong violence, language, some sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,744 (USA) (18 May 2012)

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$1,744 (USA) (18 May 2012)
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The Samaritan was Samuel l Jackson's antagonist given name in die hard 3 See more »

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Foley: [Handing Ethan his gun] If he's touched her, kill yourself.
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Dying To Live
Written by Ed Williams
Performed by Lil Ed & the Blues Imperials
Courtesy of Alligator Records
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Very good film noir
22 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Samuel Jackson, executive producer, takes a big gamble with this movie because of its genre: film noir. These movies aren't made anymore. At one time they were prominent with stars like Barbara Stanwyck, Jimmy Cagney, Humphrey Bogart. The bad girl, the man she strings along, the steal, the con. Film noir is one of my favorite genres and I'm sorry that we don't have the pleasure of seeing them like we did.

This is an indy film, and will probably be released to the art houses. It's a good movie. Smart script, good acting. Twists and turns and a major surprise about mid-way that may make you stop the tape, walk away take a breath, come back and continue watching. I saw this video on demand. Jackson gives a worthy Oscar-rated performance, but I doubt since this is an indy movie and won't be seen by many he will get it. The main female actress, Ruth Negga, is a standout as the lost soul who gets used by man after man and finally with the help of the con Foley (Jackson) gets a second chance in life.


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