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City of Ghosts (2002)

A con man (Matt Dillon) travels to Cambodia (also on the run from law enforcement in the U.S.) to collect his share in an insurance scam, but discovers more than he bargained for.

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Matt Dillon

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Dillon ... Jimmy
James Caan ... Marvin
Natascha McElhone ... Sophie
Gérard Depardieu ... Emile (as Gerard Depardieu)
Kem Sereyvuth Kem Sereyvuth ... Sok (as Sereyvuth Kem)
Stellan Skarsgård ... Joseph Kaspar
Rose Byrne ... Sabrina
Shawn Andrews ... Robbie
Chalee Sankhavesa Chalee Sankhavesa ... Sideth
Christopher Curry ... Larry Luckman
Rob Campbell ... Simon (as Robert Campbell)
Bernard Merklen Bernard Merklen ... Gerard
Jack Shearer ... FBI Agent Burden
Kirk Fox ... FBI Agent Philips
Kyoza Kyoza ... Rocky
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Storyline

A con man flees to Southeast Asia when an international scam he was involved in goes sour. Suspecting he's been double-crossed by his long-time mentor, he sets off to Cambodia for his promised cut. What he finds there is a mysterious and hostile environment where even the most polished criminal can end up on deadly ground. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Taglines:

where you go when you can't turn back. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

United Artists

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Khmer | Russian

Release Date:

27 March 2003 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Beneath the Banyan Trees See more »

Filming Locations:

Cambodia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,547, 27 April 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$43,061, 14 July 2017
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The karaoke scene was later referenced and replicated in an homage on an episode of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013). See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the movie Jimmy is lying in the back seat of the cab with a red shirt covering his face. The cab driver wakes him up and Jimmy exits the cab and puts on a green shirt. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy: [about his room] I don't remember requesting a monkey.
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Crazy Credits

Thanks to the People of Cambodia. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ti piace Hitchcock? (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Parlez-moi d'Amour
Music by Jean Lenoir
Lyrics by Jean Lenoir
Performed by Lucienne Boyer
Courtesy of Arcadia Chansons
By Arrangement with Position Soundtrack Services
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This movie takes you away
27 April 2003 | by begemot999See all my reviews

Yes the resolution of the movie was somewhat weak and contrived. But when I was sitting at the movie theater I was taken away to another place for the 2 hours that I was watching the movie. Having traveled in the third world I have to say that the movie captures perfectly the atmosphere of a place that is so far away that it could exist in another space and time as well as all the strange characters that tend to inhabit places like these. May be the movie does not do a good enough job of explaining things to those who have never visited a place with a different like Cambodia but I don't think it has to. Why do moviegoers expect the director to present everything neatly arranged on a platter? I was glad to go and see a movie that did not assume that I had no knowledge of history and no sense of what is happening in the Southeast Asia. While some of the characters may seem to be cliche I have actually met people like this while traveling. Local people are very friendly they have very tough lives but they open up in incredible ways if you try to get to know them as human beings. Part of the reason we go to movies is to be taken away. For two hours I was transported to a different world. Matt Dillon had enough sense to linger his shots to reflect the fact that times flows very differently in Cambodia. The contrast between the beauty and the serenity of Cambodia with the violence that goes there is great. I think the movie was absolutely magnificent (flawed but still beautiful)and one of the best I have seen in a long time.


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