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The Almost Perfect Bank Robbery (1997)

Not Rated | | Comedy | TV Movie 21 July 1999
A cop and his expensive fiancée, a bank teller, plan the perfect bank robbery. All goes well until the FBI suspects, almost immediately, an inside job. Their plans to move the money out of ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brooke Shields ... Cyndee Lafrance
Dylan Walsh ... Frank Syler
Sherie Rene Scott ... Dawn
Alessandro Nivola ... Doug
Mujibur Rahman Mujibur Rahman
Rip Torn ... Royce
Greg Hohn Greg Hohn ... Ernie Tarnowski
Rebecca Koon ... Marlene Syler
Jeffrey Pillars Jeffrey Pillars ... Ed Syler (as Jeff Pillars)
Janell McLeod Janell McLeod ... Eleanor Royce
Marion Guyot ... Phyllis Carter
Frank Hoyt Taylor ... Tuggle (as Frank Taylor)
Keith Flippen ... Robinson
Lucile McIntyre Lucile McIntyre ... Mrs. Cherry
Lanelle Markgraf Lanelle Markgraf ... Kim


A cop and his expensive fiancée, a bank teller, plan the perfect bank robbery. All goes well until the FBI suspects, almost immediately, an inside job. Their plans to move the money out of the country, then just to cover their tracks, make them look more and more guilty. Written by Cynan Rees <cynanrees@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

21 July 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Napad prawie doskonaly See more »

Filming Locations:

Wilmington, North Carolina, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Filmed in 1996 but not broadcast in the US until 1999 (European broadcasts in 1998). See more »


[first lines]
Cyndee Lafrance: Well, what about after the robbery?
Frank Syler: You mean the same day?
Cyndee Lafrance: Why not?
Frank Syler: You don't think having just robbed a bank is good enough?
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References Basic Instinct (1992) See more »

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An almost "perfect" movie
21 May 2016 | by jingster6666See all my reviews

I feel that this movie is a superb effort which truly meets all the normal criteria upon which movies are typically judged by so-called "experts." It is well-directed, well-acted, well-written, and is totally enjoyable with great pacing. Can't remember the last time I've had so much fun! The comedy aspect is a revelation, especially with regard to Shields! Who knew? I've suffered with Brooke through all her various incarnations on film while squirming in my seat with embarrassment for her. I've been pulling for her for years in hopes of better acting days without actually believing that those days would come. But with this performance, she's finally been able to put it all together by giving a mature, highly-professional, fully-developed comedic character portrayal - - a most difficult acting assignment. The supporting cast is also equal to the task with the inimitable Rip Torn leading the way with his portrayal of FBI lead-agent, Royce, who's in love with his large collection of lawn mowers. And Dylan Walsh's performance as the easily-influenced boyfriend/husband who's lost in love with Shield's "ultimate babe" character provides some needed balance to this otherwise unbalanced relationship. The outright knee-slapping, belly laughs are provided by Walsh's lowlife junkyard brother and his wife, Marlene (who changes TV channels with a pair of vice grips!...and physically assaults him for the credit cards to go to the new mall opening.) Their search for the proper spelling of the word "savory", had me rolling on the living room floor holding my sides and fighting for breath! Now the true elitist cinefile might dismiss this inexpensive, made-for-TV effort as just moderately good junk, but I feel it is a major, overlooked jewel that deserves a better fate than to be found only in the blow-out bin at the local Walmart. It can still be ordered online, if not downloaded and streamed. I suggest you do just that for a truly enjoyable evening of superb fun entertainment.

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