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No Good Deed (2002)

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While doing a friend a favor and searching for a runaway teenager, a police detective stumbles upon a bizarre band of criminals about to pull off a bank robbery.

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Bob Rafelson

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Dashiell Hammett (story), Christopher Canaan (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Samuel L. Jackson ... Jack Friar
Milla Jovovich ... Erin
Stellan Skarsgård ... Tyrone (as Stellan Skarsgard)
Doug Hutchison ... Hoop
Joss Ackland ... Mr. Quarre
Grace Zabriskie ... Mrs. Quarre
Jonathan Higgins ... David Brewster
Shannon Lawson ... Amy
Robert Welch Robert Welch ... Willy
Francis X. McCarthy ... Bank Manager
Noel Burton Noel Burton ... Mr. Leeds
Roberto Blizzard Roberto Blizzard ... Man Mowing Lawn
Shawn Roberts Shawn Roberts ... Passer-by
Terence Bowman Terence Bowman ... Mail Carrier
Robert Brewster Robert Brewster ... Fish & Chip Store Owner (as Bob Brewster)
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Storyline

About a police detective, Jack, who, while doing a friend a favor and searching for a runaway teenager on Turk Street, stumbles upon a bizarre band of criminals about to pull off a bank robbery. Jack finds himself being held hostage while the criminals decide what to do with him, and the leader's beautiful girlfriend, Erin, is left alone to watch Jack. Erin, who we discover is a master manipulator of the men in the gang, reveals another side to Jack - a melancholy romantic who could have been a classical cellist. She finds Jack's captivity an irresistible turn-on and he can't figure out if she's for real, or manipulating him, too. Before the gang returns, Jack and Erin's connection intensifies and who ends up with the money is anyone's guess. Written by Kate Hoffman

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...goes unpunished. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 2002 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The House on Turk Street See more »

Filming Locations:

Coaticook, Québec, Canada See more »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$181,600, 18 September 2003
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Runtime:

(2003 DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Samuel L. Jackson and Stellan Skarsgård appeared in Deep Blue Sea (1999), Thor (2011), and The Avengers (2012). See more »

Goofs

The most likely cause of a diabetic coma that came on as fast as the one Jack had is severe diabetic hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Erin did the right thing originally by trying to give him an orange. She needed to raise his blood sugar. When she went to his home she found his Insulin. Giving him insulin would have only made him worse. A coma caused by high blood sugar would have been a lot longer in coming. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Amy: Jack, thank God you're home.
Jack Friar: What's wrong?
Amy: I need your help. It's Connie, she's run away again.
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Chanson Triste
(1868)
Written by Henri Duparc (as Henri du Parc)
Performed by Alain Aubut (cello) / Debbie Armstrong (piano)
Produced by Jean Robitaille
Image Sonore Inc.
Courtesy of Salabert Editions
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More than acceptable modern film noir
18 June 2006 | by zamaniSee all my reviews

No good deed based on a short story by Dashiell Hammett is kind of movies that have many elements and themes of a classic film no-ire but it is not exactly one of them. The themes include a robbery plan that goes awry though here it is more of a con rather than robbery and it is executed without resorting to violence. Second theme is domed love

which in this movie is rather short, more of this later. The elements include mastermind and ruthless gangster, a femme fatal , and rude maniac hit-man. And add to these people a

couple that had a dream of living happily ever after. The strength of the movie is in building up of its characters. They all do what they are expected to do whether they act strongly or

weakly. Their strength and weakness comes from their personalities and not from the requirement of the plot. Erin character is the main difference of this movie from classic femme fatal. As a kept girl with ten percent rebate on pedicure expense, though she is cunning in some scenes , but she is also deadly frightened. Her motives are dark at worst and suspicious at best, but in her main thrust of manipulations (getting rid of Tyrone) she deserves our sympathy. Other characters do not show something unexpected ,but the story has enough power and twist that make the movie worthwhile and interesting. Movie scenes are limited, and most of it is in closed places which intensifies a sense of claustrophobia. This kind of story which has little physical action and is mainly based on suspenses needs good acting, that fortunately this movie does not lack it. This movie shows that good noir still can be made and their time has not passed yet


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