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PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Crime | 31 October 2000 (USA)
Estranged twin brothers - one a con man, the other an Episcopal deacon - accidentally switch places... and find God in the process.

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Jon Gunn

Writers:

Jon Gunn, John W. Mann (as John Mann)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Roberts ... Rome
David A.R. White ... John / Jeremiah
Cynthia Watros ... Sam
Shiek Mahmud-Bey ... Tex
Lawrence Taylor ... Dan
Stacy Keach ... Tom
Robert LaSardo ... TJ
Lisa Furst Lisa Furst ... Sunny
Kevin Downes ... Peter
Koji Kataoka ... Takashi
Robert Lyon Rasner ... Concerned Passerby
Brian C. Bennetts Brian C. Bennetts ... Concerned Driver
John W. Mann ... Harry (as John Mann)
Jon Gunn ... Accident Victim
Michael Villani ... Sergeant Griffin
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Storyline

Estranged twin brothers - one a con man, the other an Episcopal deacon - accidentally switch places... and find God in the process.

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Taglines:

One con out to save his million dollar scam, one priest out to save his only brother See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Signal Hill Pictures

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 October 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La calle del perdón See more »

Filming Locations:

Fresno, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$79,607, 5 November 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$171,988, 19 November 2000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Signal Hill Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Goofs

When Rome confronts John in the alley, Rome lowers the gun in one shot; in the next it is still raised. See more »

Quotes

John: What are you so happy about, TJ? Your girlfriend drop the charges?
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Crazy Credits

Special thanks to CHIEF JOHN KUNKEL who, without hesitation and with great joy, allowed the members of the EXETER POLICE DEPARTMENT and his equipment to participate in this film. See more »

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Features Emeril Live (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

IT'S OKAY
Written and Performed by Keaton Simons
TERRY CLOTH EDWARDS PUBLISHING
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A solid film, worth admission...
7 November 2000 | by kungfudeadlySee all my reviews

This was a good film about two brothers on different sides of the law and walking two different walks of life. One brother (Jeremiah, an aspiring priest) living his suburban life with the curse of a childhood incident in which his brother was assumed dead. The other brother (John) fresh out of jail in working for a top rate con-man Rome who is looking to get another job out of his right hand man. Reluctant to go back to jail, John decides he is going to double cross Rome and through a series of events ends up on the run. He decides to turn to Jeremiah for help. Rome, in hot pursuit, kidnaps Jeremiah thinking he is John during his daily jog. The brothers have to switch roles...John becomes Jeremiah in an attempt to find the money he needs to escape and Rome forces Jeremiah to help him finish the original job in John's place. Confused yet? Sure the plot for this film is quite unbelievable, but do we really go to the movies for reality? This movie, from the same people that brought us the Omega Code (which sucked), has given us a nice caper film with a cool independent feel to it. Production is good and it shows the talent of director John Gunn who makes this unbelievable story seem just the opposite. Using some nice little techniques like freeze framing some shots, he gives us something different from the traditional hollywood outing. Its definitly not overly preachy and all the better because of it, displaying its message smartly. Add a nice soundtrack with songs from Moby and Sixpence None the Richer and some much needed comedy from Rome (Roberts) and his tattoo covered henchman and you have well rounded and enjoyable film. Most reviewers have been hard on this film, and I agree that the acting is not oscar worthy but it serves the film extremely well. The story moves along and mostly importantly keeps our interest until the very end. I have a feeling that if this film had Hollywood big shots behind it, it would be given much more respect then it has. This film is very solid and stands on its own in many aspects. I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good film with a story that keeps you interested, but is sick of movies ruined by sex and language that are thrown in to attract a certain demographic. Go see it, you won't regret spending the money, and besides the more we support films like this the better they will get!


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