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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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HE was more than a cop. SHE was more than a thief. 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

When Hoop gets out of the car to "check the spare wheel" he opens the trunk. When Tyrone gets out to look what's wrong, the shot from inside the car shows that the trunk isn't open. A moment later Tyrone yells to Erin to shut of the music, and then after that he shuts the trunk. 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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Predictable, entertaining neo-noir
14 March 2013 | by krachtmSee all my reviews

The plot: A cop doing a favor for a friend ends up unwillingly getting involved in a heist.

No Good Deed is an interesting neo-noir/heist movie. Sam Jackson, a lonely and frustrated cop, starts off investigating a runaway daughter for his neighbor, only to stumble into a heist that is already underway. Taken hostage, he anxiously awaits his fate while trying to get some kind of angle on his captors.

The captors include a femme fatale, a violent thug, a cultured and domineering mastermind, and a racist elderly couple. They've also got an inside man that they're conning. This quirky group provides some black humor and tension. We're introduced to each character early, and the development is done rather well. The characters play off of each other in interesting ways, though I suppose it's pretty obvious that Jackson is the match to this powder keg. Still, it's fun to watch the requisite backstabbing, double-crosses, and con games as they play out.

If you're looking for a slick, fast-paced thriller, you might end up being a bit bored or disappointed. The biggest problem is that the whole thing is a bit predictable, though you'll probably forgive that if you're a fan of the actors or neo-noir. It seems worth a 6 or 7, rather than the somewhat mediocre score that it has now.


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