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Canvas (1992)

In order to save his brother from being killed by a group of murderous art thieves, a New York City artist agrees to help in an art heist.

Director:

Alain Zaloum

Writers:

Alain Zaloum (original screenplay), Brenda Newman (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Busey ... Ozzy Decker
John Rhys-Davies ... Nick
Vittorio Rossi Vittorio Rossi ... Frank Dante
Nick Cavaiola Nick Cavaiola ... Tony Dante
Cary Lawrence Cary Lawrence ... Nathalie
Michael McGill Michael McGill ... Chris Williams
Jonathan Palis Jonathan Palis ... Alfie
Mark Camacho ... Mario
Alexandra Innes Alexandra Innes ... Anna Maxwell
Aron Tager ... Jimmy
Mark Bromilow Mark Bromilow ... Brian
Tyrone Benskin ... Det. Austin
Ming Lai Chung Ming Lai Chung ... Dr. Chin
Leni Parker ... Simone
John S. Davies John S. Davies ... Alfie's bodyguard
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Ozzie Decker is an art dealer and a thief. He steals paintings for customers. Frank reluctantly begins to work with Ozzie because Frank's brother owes a lot of money to the mob. On his first art heist, Frank works directly with long-time henchman Nick. Nick and Frank barely survive the Klee heist, and the painting is damaged in process. Unhappy about the Klee canvas, Ozzie puts the pair of thieves onto another target: a Cezanne painting. To secure the continued obedience of his newest colleague, Ozzie kidnaps Frank's girlfriend. Written by Ken Miller <wkmiller704@yahoo.com>

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Crime

Certificate:

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Filmed in 3 weeks. See more »

Goofs

Experienced art dealers and collectors would surely know how to pronounce the names of famous artists. They mispronounce the name of Paul Klee here as though it rhymes with "flea", when it in fact sounds like "Clay". See more »

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Written by Michael Hewer (as Mike Hewer) and Ian Llande (as Ian Llande)
Performed by Jerry Brown
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Entertaining caper flick
6 July 2002 | by JohnSealSee all my reviews

Canvas will never be anyone's idea of a classic, but deft casting and a reasonably interesting story help it to overcome its low budget. Gary Busey does his usual bug-eyed bad guy thing, which is always fine with me, but John Rhys-Davies makes the film work as an art thief with a heart of gold. The rest of the cast is strictly minor league level, though Vittorio Rossi is not bad as the artist caught up in a web of crime. A thoroughly reasonable way to spend 90 minutes in front of the tube.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Canvas: The Fine Art of Crime See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

Company Credits

Production Co:

Optima productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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