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Who Is Cletis Tout? (2001)

Cletis Tout is a comedy about mistaken identities, a hit man who sees everything in terms of the movies and a twenty year old diamond heist.

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Chris Ver Wiel

Writer:

Chris Ver Wiel (as Chris Verwiel)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Slater ... Trevor Allen Finch
Tim Allen ... Critical Jim
Portia de Rossi ... Tess Tobias
Richard Dreyfuss ... Micah Tobias
Billy Connolly ... Dr. Mike Savian
Peter MacNeill ... Detective Tripp (as Peter MacNeil)
Bill MacDonald Bill MacDonald ... Detective Delaney
Richard Chevolleau ... Detective Horst
Elias Zarou ... Detective Rafferty
RuPaul ... Ginger Markum
Joseph Scoren ... Rowdy Virago
Eugene Lipinski ... Falco
Shawn Doyle ... Crow Gollotti
Louis Di Bianco ... Nimble
Tony Nappo ... Fife
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Storyline

Chicago hit-man Critical Jim has apprehended his latest New York target, Cletis Tout. The only reason Jim has not yet killed him is that he states he is not really Cletis Tout. The only thing Jim finds greater satisfaction in than getting the job done is watching classic movies, especially ones with a good story. As such, Jim gives him the opportunity to "pitch" his story to save his life. Saying that his name is Trevor Finch, he is a career white collar criminal who recently broke out of prison with a friend to help said friend retrieve a cache of diamonds he long ago hid. Beyond Finch assuming Tout's identity to elude the authorities which got him into this predicament with Jim, he and his friend found that retrieving the diamonds were not going to be as easy as going back to where he had hid them. There was also the added complication of a young woman, Tess Donnelly, entering his life, she who he may have let slip through his fingers despite being probably the one with who he was ... Written by Huggo

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Plot Keywords:

diamond | heist | independent film | See All (3) »

Taglines:

Getting the alias was half the battle. Surviving it is the other.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

Paramount Classics

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 2001 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Baklövészet See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$64,867, 28 July 2002

Gross USA:

$252,706

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$280,458
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Kay Tremblay. See more »

Goofs

When Finch and Micah are making their new identification papers, there is a shot where the corner of laptop that Finch is using to make the ID's is visible. The green screen on the laptop screen is visible - no post-production was done to the computer screen in that shot. See more »

Quotes

Rowdy Virago: You two cheesedicks couldn't improvise a fart after eating a three bean salad.
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Connections

References The Shootist (1976) See more »

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pleasantly spent time
2 June 2003 | by ragneSee all my reviews

* NO POSSIBLE SPOILERS .. *

I'll skip the plot outline part and go right ahead to the comments.

This movie reminded me a bit "The Usual Suspects". Not that the movie has the same plot or it tries to copy "The Usual Suspects", but it had a similar vibe - how the story unwraps itself and goes together. Not that the end was surprising or spectacular, but how smoothly everything is running.

The actors are all good. None of them disappoint or annoy. If you can manage to take them out from their usual roles i.e Portia de Rossi as an Sub-Zero Nell in Ally McBeal and Tim Allen as Santa Claus etc, then you might even have a pleasant surprise. Supporting cast is believable, even the bad guys.

This movie is not for people who love bloody action, laughing your head off or deep plots. It's an easy movie for an easy watching. When you feel that watching Anderson's "Magnolia" is will be too tiring or "Road Trip" just too stupid, then go for "Who is Cletis Tout?". The best way is to watch this movie without and special expectations or prejudices. This way you have nothing to disappoint in.

If you take this movie as just a movie then most likely you will like it. I think it is worth seeing and worth spending your 1,5 hours on it.

My rating: 7/10.


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