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Clutch (1998)

Martyn, an aging Toronto area college student with no degree yet to show for his so far ten years in college, has agreed to do an illegal job solely for the money: steal a rare book from ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Hewlett ... Martyn
Carlo Rota ... Richard
Tanya Allen ... Theresa
Paul A. MacFarlane Paul A. MacFarlane ... Jeffry the Businessman (as Paul MacFarlane)
Joe De Paul Joe De Paul ... Jarhead #1
Keith Knight ... Buck
Matt Hopkins Matt Hopkins ... Car Washer
Gordon Michael Woolvett ... Spit
Peter Spence ... Larry
Kathryn Kirkpatrick ... Dotty the Waitress
Ellen-Ray Hennessy ... Lily
Layton Morrison ... Jarhead #2
Tom Green ... Cybercafe Waiter
David Fox ... Dad
John O'Callaghan ... Skutch
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Martyn, an aging Toronto area college student with no degree yet to show for his so far ten years in college, has agreed to do an illegal job solely for the money: steal a rare book from Richard, an antiquarian. In the process, Martyn ends up accidentally killing Richard. Not knowing what to do about the dead body, Martyn decides to take it along with the book. He drops the body off with his straight-laced brother, Larry, and his slightly off-kilter online-obsessed roommate, Spit, who agree - reluctantly on Larry's part - to dispose of the body for him. Spit believes he has an ingenious way to get rid of Richard without anyone ever finding the body, which goes against Larry's moral sensibilities. Meanwhile, Martyn tries to get the book to the ruthless people who hired him, but runs into car trouble along the way. This delay is enough for those who want the book to come after Martyn. In the process, Martyn meets Theresa, the mechanic working on the car, who may provide him with a ... Written by Huggo

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Murder, Theft, Engine Trouble...

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 2000 (Canada) See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Theresa: I need money and I don't steal
Martyn: You're an auto mechanic, you steal everyday.
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Plucky Dark Humor, a pleasant Sunday morning distraction
8 April 2001 | by lapin-1See all my reviews

Not the most intellectually stimulating, but worth viewing if you felt positively about films like "Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels", and to a lesser degree, "Repo Man" (especially if you resonate with the "more you drive-the less intelligent you really are" mantra, as practiced by Tanya Allen).

Additionally the soundtrack is worth further inspection.

On to the film: Dark humor, but not black.

Though pulling for the underdog is not a new theme, some of the appeal of this movie is that it leaves the viewer with genuine empathy for "the loser". The comedy of the film is well represented by the scene in which David Hewlett's character is trying to present to Tanya Allen's character how much of a failure/loser he is- sold very subtly, it is not an obvious exercise in reverse psychology, and very well done.

Simple violence can be a very effective foil, and was used magnificently to contrast the mystical altruism provided by the antique book.

All in all the film was well done; solid performances all the way around, but the charm of the film is that it makes you think, while it lets you just feel.

I liked it, and look forward to more good things from Chris Grismer


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