Jake Vig (Burns) is a consummate grifter about to pull his biggest con yet, one set to avenge his friend's murder. But his last scam backfired, leaving him indebted to a mob boss (Hoffman) and his enforcer.
Jake Vig leads a small Los Angeles based team of grifters, each member who has his specific role in each con: Jake is the main man, Miles the adversary, Big Al the scared innocent bystander, and Gordo the dead shooting victim. He also has in his pockets crooked LAPD detectives Lloyd Whitworth and Omar Manzano who basically play themselves as needed. Beyond getting the money, the basic goal of each con is to ensure the mark is so scared by what has happened - usually being an accomplice in a "murder" - that he won't come back looking for the money. Jake learns the hard way that their latest mark, Louis Dolby, who they fleeced for $150,000, was carrying money for a criminal named King, who takes a no prisoners approach in getting even, he who knows who stole his money. Instead of returning the $150,000 to King, money which he no longer has anyway, Jake convinces King to parlay that money and a bit more into a bigger con against a mark of King's choice, that person being banker Morgan ...Written by
The plot to this movie shares several similarities to The Sting (1973). See more »
During the credits sequence, when the narrator says "that's why we give you the fix," what he means is "the blow-off." The "fix" refers to bought cops, whereas the "blow-off" is the way the mark is convinced not to come back. See more »
So I'm dead. And I think it's because of this redhead.
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I avoided this movie for while, i looked at the cover and put it back, looked again, put it back. Months passed and for some reason i just took a chance and bought it. I have to say i'm glad that i did.
Basically its a slick thriller about money and power, with a good cast, solid plot and enough well crafted twists to make it a little special.
It isn't a masterpiece, but it is certainly worth watching, and the story is linear enough to appeal to a wide audience.
If you enjoyed this you'll probably like 'SWORDFISH' and 'OCEANS 11' both have a similar feel.
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