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Shooting Fish (1997)

PG | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 1 May 1998 (USA)
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Two con artists' plan to steal enough for a house are twisted when a pretty girl enters the picture.

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Stefan Schwartz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rowena Cooper Rowena Cooper ... Jez's Teacher
Scott Charles Scott Charles ... Samuel
Antonia Corrigan Antonia Corrigan ... Antonia
Myles Anderson Myles Anderson ... Jez - Age 8
Jane Lapotaire ... Dylan's Headmistress
Harry Ditson ... IRS Man
Jacob Macoby Jacob Macoby ... Dylan - Age 8
Dan Futterman ... Dylan
Tom Chadbon ... Mr. Greenaway
Kate Beckinsale ... Georgie
Stuart Townsend ... Jez
Phyllis Logan ... Mrs. Ross
Vicki Bensted Vicki Bensted ... Bank Clerk
Peter McNamara Peter McNamara ... Geoff
Ralph Ineson ... Mr. Ray
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Storyline

Dylan and Jez are con artists, Dylan is a charming American who's run from some characters in the states and Jez is an English techno nerd. During one of their scams selling a voice recognition computer they hire Georgie as a secretary for the job. The romantic triangle between Dylan, Jez and Georgie appears, but she is also not a secretary, but a student, and her marriage with rich Roger is upcoming. Written by Anonymous

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Fat cats are too easy. Go for the big fish. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, suggestive humor and language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Atirando em Peixes See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$56,240, 3 May 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$302,204, 31 May 1998
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

To research their roles as conmen, both Stuart Townsend and Dan Futterman spent time flogging perfume from a suitcase in London's busiest shopping area, Oxford Street. See more »

Goofs

Where Jez has shown Georgie the money cases, you can clearly see the mic as Georgie heads up the stairs and says goodbye. See more »

Quotes

[filling in "complete the following phrase" coupons for prize draws]
Jez: "In not more than eight words, explain why you buy Zappy Nappies."
Dylan: "I buy Zappy Nappies for my kids..." Shit, I've run out of words.
Jez: We could try that: "I buy Zappy Nappies for my kids' shit." I've got it: "Weighs less that a bun. Holds more than a ton."
Dylan: That's completely disgusting.
Jez: But it's honest.
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Crazy Credits

Disclaimer in closing credits: "No animals, especially fish, were hurt during the making of this movie". See more »

Alternate Versions

Some non-UK versions remove scenes showing the demolition of the house, the hiding in the safe and the consequent exploding cars. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Adam and Joe Show: Episode #2.2 (1997) See more »

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Neighbourhood
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Excellent!! Sweet, funny and intelligent...
2 February 2000 | by Hound222See all my reviews

This movie is simply great. While it perhaps lacks a larger social message, other than the simple "do good with what you have", it is a smart, funny movie which definitely has its moments, both cinematic and dramatic. The rags to riches story of two orphan con men: one, a genius Brit, the other, the American spin doctor. Together they engage in "shooting fish", or fleecing rich people of their extra cash, in order to buy themselves the lavish house they've each coveted because of their simple upbringing. The story is fun and engaging, the characters seem very very real, and the different cons they pull off together are extremely funny. I won't give away any of the story, except to say that the has a nice, unexpected twist. An excellent date movie, or even to take in with a couple of close friends. You may not laugh out loud the whole time like you did at "There's Something About Mary" or other slapstick comedies, but you'll definitely be smiling the whole time, and by the time the credits role you'll simply be in a much better mood than you were when you started.


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