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Bait (2000)

An ex-con is used by police to lure a criminal out of hiding.

Director:

Antoine Fuqua

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Foxx ... Alvin Sanders
David Morse ... Edgar Clenteen
Robert Pastorelli ... Jaster
Doug Hutchison ... Bristol
Kimberly Elise ... Lisa Hill
David Paymer ... Agent Wooly
Mike Epps ... Stevie Sanders
Jamie Kennedy ... Agent Blum
Nestor Serrano ... Agent Boyle
Kirk Acevedo ... Ramundo
Jeffrey Donovan ... Julio
Megan Dodds ... Agent Walsh
Tia Texada ... Tika
Neil Crone ... Supervisor
Matthew Witherly Matthew Witherly ... Guard
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Storyline

In New York, Alvin Sanders is a small-time thief who's just been hauled in for stealing a bunch of prawns (shrimp) from a local restaurant. He ends up in a cell with John Jaster, one half of a high-tech criminal team that's just stolen $42,000,000 worth of gold from the Federal Reserve. Realizing that he could die at any moment from his worsening heart condition, Jaster tells Alvin to relay a cryptic message to his wife about the whereabouts of the hidden gold. Alvin doesn't know exactly what the message means, and Edgar Clenteen, the U.S. Treasury investigator working the case, hopes it will lead to the gold or Jaster's partner Bristol, but it does neither. Eighteen months later, Jaster is dead, and both Clenteen and Bristol are still looking for that gold. Clenteen decides to secretly plant a tracking device in Alvin's jaw, release him from prison, and then let the word out that he knows where the gold is hidden. Knowing that Bristol is probably watching their every move, Clenteen ... Written by Todd Baldridge

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Alvin Sanders is going to help the Feds catch a killer. He just doesn't know it yet. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, violence and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Carnada See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$51,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,485,591, 17 September 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,325,127, 19 November 2000
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Kris Kristofferson was originally set to play Edgar Clenteen. See more »

Goofs

The letter carrier states he has a registered letter. When the letter is shown from the back, the green overlay of a certified sticker is seen. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Supervisor: Gentlemen, we owe a quarterly. Vault 23, encryption download.
Guard: Loaded.
Supervisor: Level five. Sonic, please.
Guard: Stable.
Supervisor: Motion?
Guard: Stable.
Supervisor: Status check, please.
Guard: All secure.
Supervisor: Excellent. Carry on, gentlemen.
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Connections

Referenced in The Disaster Artist (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Life is Sweet
Chemical Brothers
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Somewhat funny and well-paced action thriller.
3 June 2002 | by mhasheiderSee all my reviews

Somewhat funny and well-paced action thriller that has Jamie Foxx as a hapless, fast-talking hoodlum who is chosen by an overly demanding U.S. Treasury Agent (David Morse) to be released on the streets of New York to find a picky computer thief/hacker (Doug Hutchinson), who stole forty-two million dollars from the treasury and left two guards shot dead.

"Bait" marks the sophomore feature for Antoine Fuqua ("The Replacement Killers") and he handles the task fairly well even though it doesn't top his first movie. What the two films have in common is the action sequences, which are flat-out excellent.

Foxx is pretty good here although his character is annoying in the beginning, but throughout the film, I began to catch on. Hutchinson is marvelous as the mastermind who can be ruthless as John Malkovich and patient as the late Laurence Olivier was in "Marathon Man". Morse is okay as the agent who comes up with the ingenious plan to get whoever did it at all cost.


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