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The Prime Gig (2000)

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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.


Gregory Mosher


William Wheeler





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


Pendelton "Penny" Wise is a smooth-talking con-artist who makes a living by scamming people with phony 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 matt-282

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Rated R for language and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Caitlin Carlson: Am I just going to be another girlfriend waiting for a phone call?
Penny: No one said anything about phone calls.
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References Mystery Men (1999) See more »

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Vince Vaughn's great and rarely seen performance

This is a great movie with a great cast however Vince Vaughn gives perhaps his best dramatic performance to date. Unlike Will Ferrel, Vaughn can do both comedy and drama.

This is a great movie thats shows us the real sleazy and corrupt world of telemarketing. In fact if your a telemarketer watching this film , youll probably be mad since it exposed your corrupt jobs!! lol

Vaughn plays Penny Wise, a small but great telemarketer who knows how to con people into making sales for his cheap company.

Eventually a bigger telemarketing scheme headed by the character of Ed Harris wants to use Penny's "skills" in this area to pull of a Million Dollar scam.

Meanwhile Penny's friend is out of work and relies on him for support.

Penny is caught in a corner, work with this rich white scoundrels to steal millions and sell his soul to the devil , so to speak, or do the right thing?

This a great movie about moral dilemna and what you really do if you really had to put your money where your mouth and live up to your own idealogies.

All the performances are great and the movie, doesn't really tell you what Penny's "final decision" will be until the 10 minutes he "goes along" with the scam and looks like he will do it with the rest of them.

Highly recommended.

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Release Date:

25 January 2002 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Coup mont√© See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »


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Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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