David Mamet takes this story of thieves along many twists and turns, some of which work and some of which don't. Gene Hackman plays the brilliant leader of a gang (Delroy Lindo, Ricky Jay & Rebecca Pigeon as Hackman's youngish wife), which pulls off complex heists for a despicable fence (Danny DeVito). After stiffing the gang on a jewelry robbery, DeVito forces the gang to go after a Swiss gold shipment and to use his nephew (Sam Rockwell) in the crime. No one trusts anyone and every step is shaded with the unexpected.Written by
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The eastern feel of the landscapes and buildings of Montreal in Canada, combined with the access to Mirabel International Airport, some twenty-five miles north of Montreal, provided the authenticity and access needed to meet all the production requirements. Every scene, from the airport to a gas station rest room, from an industrial pier to Joe Moore (Gene Hackman)'s marina headquarters, was filmed on location in and around Montreal. See more »
The Massachusetts State Trooper who pulls over to inspect the
phony "work site", asks Joe Moore if he called "K Barracks" to receive a police detail for the job. There are no "K Barracks" in the Mass State Police. There are seven field Troops in Massachusetts (A, B, C, D, E, H, and F) which are named by letter. Barracks are always called by a letter and number combination i.e. H-4 is the Boston Lower Basin Barracks. If the location is supposed to be close to Logan Airport the appropriate Troop letter to refer to would have been F, and the Trooper would have referred to it as "F Troop", not "F Barracks". See more »
This trio, was on top when they were together in Elmore Leonards 'Get Shorty' and now again another different great threesome. This is different to me in the way that I feel when I am watching this. The lines are smart and some are kind of crazy and or senseless, but nonetheless, it seems to be not like all else. Joe Moore (Gene Hackman) and his crew, are planning a large heist. A nephew, of his crime partner(s) is sent as a sort of weird chaperon. Mickey Bergman's(Danny DeVito) right hand kid, Jimmy (Sam Rockwell), Sam plays the puke thief part to a prime role. Only this kid seems more of a liability than a part of the crew, which Joe is having to deal with. Bobby Blane, (Delroy Lindo) is a great partner in that he is down with Joe in whatever and follows the program well. 'Pinky' Don Pincus(Ricky Jay) is the 'switch' man and he is very good at his job. Slide of hand, out of sight and out of mind, before you know whats happened! From the jewelry store situation, to the 'workmen' at the airport, on the isolated runway, they move like shadows in a dark place. Joe, is undoubtedly the man, in that when you are a master planner and executor, you're not generally as 'easily swayed' by your emotions and poor planning.
A 6.4 on the user rating this movie is set at a sort of different pace but it works well! That's why I rate it high! 10-10>> Recommended.(***)
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