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The Prime Gig (2000)

A telesales con man finds the ultimate racket, but starting an affair with the girlfriend of his guru-like boss might be the wrong call.

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Gregory Mosher

Writer:

William Wheeler
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vince Vaughn ... Pendelton 'Penny' Wise
Julia Ormond ... Caitlin Carlson
Ed Harris ... Kelly Grant
Rory Cochrane ... Joel
Wallace Shawn ... Gene
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Mick
George Wendt ... Archie
Jeannetta Arnette ... Cheryl
Shishir Kurup ... Sujat
Harper Roisman Harper Roisman ... Harry
J.J. Johnston ... Lloyd
Tom Wright ... Marvin Sanders
Romany Malco ... Zeke (as Romany Malco Jr.)
Brian George ... Nasser
Amber Benson ... Batgirl
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Storyline

Pendelton "Penny" Wise is a smooth-talking con-artist who makes a living by scamming people with phoney travel comp vacations over the phone when, desperate for more fast cash, he's called to work for a shady, veteran con businessman, named Kelly Grant, in selling property for a gold mine over the phone, which takes a turn when Penny begins a relationship with Grant's mistress Caitlin, where Penny throws common sense and caution to the wind to woo her, while we wonder who is scamming who here. Written by Matthew Patay

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This con artist has just broken the number one rule: never trust another con artist. See more »

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Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 January 2002 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Coup monté See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

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2.39 : 1
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Quotes

Gene: How many deals did you get?
Penny: Five
Gene: Five? Today? You got in at ll:30.
Penny: It's not me, Gene, it's the gift. You can't fight that sort of thing - you can't fight the gift.
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References Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969) See more »

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More than real enough for scam fans!
24 March 2004 | by yossarian100See all my reviews

I once worked for an old line telemarketing company. I was the guy who trained sales people, not telemarketers who read scripts. I was also the guy who filled phone dialing consoles with scammers when it came time to bid contracts, scammers being the type of people I could not hire for anything other than contract bids. Scammers are good. If you take a deep breath, they can close a sale on that. So, movies like The Prime Gig and Glengarry Glen Ross are fascinating because, if you pay attention, you'll get to see things that most people never get to see, never mind believe.

The Prime Gig is well done and more than real enough for those who like stories about scams. The acting is good and there's an absence of melodrama. Everything is done straight up. Movies like this are difficult to end but here we are given a real life ending. The ending works. The movie works. I very much enjoyed it.


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