A career jewel thief finds himself at tense odds with his longtime partner, a crime boss who sends his nephew to keep watch.

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David Mamet

Writer:

David Mamet

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Hackman ... Joe Moore
Danny DeVito ... Mickey Bergman (as Danny Devito)
Delroy Lindo ... Bobby 'Bob' Blane
Sam Rockwell ... Jimmy Silk
Rebecca Pidgeon ... Fran Moore
Ricky Jay ... Don 'Pinky' Pincus
Patti LuPone ... Betty Croft (as Patti Lupone)
Alan Bilzerian Alan Bilzerian ... Fast Food Customer
Richard L. Friedman Richard L. Friedman ... Counterman
Robert Lussier Robert Lussier ... Fast Food Cook
Mark Camacho ... Jewelry Store Guard
Michelle Sweeney Michelle Sweeney ... Waitress
Elyzabeth Walling ... Jewelry Saleswoman
Mike Tsar ... Coffee Cart Man (as Mike Tsarouchas)
Jim Frangione Jim Frangione ... D.A. Freccia
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Storyline

Joe Moore has a job he loves. He's a thief. His job goes sour when he gets caught on security camera tape. His fence, Bergman reneges on the money he's owed, and his wife may be betraying him with the fence's young lieutenant. Moore and his partner, Bobby Blane and their utility man, Pinky Pincus find themselves broke, betrayed, and blackmailed. Moore is forced to commit his crew to do one last big job.

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There is no honour among thieves. See more »


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

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Trivia

Gene Hackman and Ricky Jay appeared in "Heartbreakers" (2001) in the same year this was released See more »

Goofs

The New Zealand passports have "New Castle, New Zealand" printed in the issuing office section of the passport. There is no New Castle in New Zealand. See more »

Quotes

Joe Moore: You want to play the dozens? Huh? Here we go. There was an error at the hospital, you died at birth, your turn.
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The opening Warner Bros., Morgan Creek, and Franchise Pictures logos are in black and white. See more »

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References House on Haunted Hill (1999) See more »

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Tries too hard
10 November 2001 | by RowdyHaggSee all my reviews

Knowing the quality of Mamet's previous works, maybe I expected too much out of this one, but as it stands I just wasn't impressed by this film. Am I the only one who got bored during this movie? The characters were good except Fran (Rebecca Pidgeon). She is just there to deliver one-liners the whole time and provide sex appeal. I know her demeanor is quiet and conniving, but she just struts around waiting to make overly witty replies. The rest of the cast were excellent, Delroy Lindo outshined Hackman as his right-hand thug, Ricky Jay pulls off the calm and collected badass, Sam Rockwell delivers a good presence that you just hate, DeVito was awesome as the break-your-balls "bad" criminal and Hackman played his part well as he always does.

The story bored me however. You knew what was going to happen before it happened and there were too many twists in the movie that they lost their affect. Twists are good when used sparingly and when used at the right time. I didn't like the timing of them in this movie or the overuse of them. It got boring because the characters always pull something out of their hat when you "least expect it."

For me dialogue has to be two things, witty and believable. Now the dialogue in this film is witty, Mamet probably took a while to compile all these quotes into one movie, but it is too much. It is simply to much. All Rebecca Pidgeon says is these crafty responses and she engages no real conversation. As for believable, people don't speak like this. No one, not even the coolest cat in the world and half the time I am trying to figure out what the hell they mean.

The plot is way too contrived, it is too much. Their is a backup plan, for a backup plan, for a backup plan, for a ... The scene on the runway was crap, impossible. Never would have happened. Too many "overly" perfect plans and too many twists make this plot boring to watch.

Wait for the rental.


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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heist See more »

Filming Locations:

Mirabel, Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$39,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,823,521, 11 November 2001

Gross USA:

$23,510,841

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,510,652
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1.85 : 1
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