A fateful event leads to a job in the film business for top mixed-martial arts instructor Mike Terry. Though he refuses to participate in prize bouts, circumstances conspire to force him to consider entering such a competition.
Following the theft of a postal-order, a fourteen-year old cadet is expelled from Naval College. To save the honour of the boy and his family, the pre-eminent barrister of the day is engaged to take on the might the Admiralty.
A wealthy attorney in San Juan comes to the police station for "10 min." of follow up questions to finding a 12-year old girl's body in a park. Another young girl was also raped and murdered weeks earlier and the evidence points to him.
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 film was originally intended to be released on June 2001 and there were posters stating this release date. However, "The Score" Starring Robert DeNiro, Edward Norton, Angela Bassett and Marlon Brando was being released by Paramount in July and Warner Bros. the films' distributor panicked and rescheduled the film for a later release date since both films shared a similar premise and "The Score" had a little more prestige due to it's Oscar caliber cast. Warner Bros. released the film in November 2001 coincidentally as "The Score" was being released on DVD. See more »
During the first robbery, the people in the jewelry shop are supposed to have passed out because of the spiked capuccinos. But Joe notices that one lady, obviously very light headed and groggy, has started to wake up, like she had only momentarily passed out. This implies that she hasn't drank much of her capuccino, therefore only slightly sleepy. But we see that her coffee is still in the carrier box, with the lid on, unopened, so she hadn't drank any of it. See more »
After watching this a second time I realize that it's one of those movies that has barely anything wrong with it! Honestly, the dialogue is good, the action is good and the music is really good. Great performances by Gene Hackman, Delroy Lindo, Danny DeVito, Rebecca Pidgeon, Ricky Jay and Sam Rockwell in a surprisingly villanious role.
The only thing about the film that somebody may be put off by though, is the fact that the viewer doesn't have any idea what's going on until halfway through it. I really enjoyed it though!
I give this movie an 8 out of 10! Recommend it to all who like crime movies!
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