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Confidence (2003)

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Jake Vig (Burns) is a consummate grifter about to pull his biggest con yet, one set to avenge his friend's murder. But his last scam backfired, leaving him indebted to a mob boss (Hoffman) and his enforcer.

Director:

James Foley

Writer:

Doug Jung

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Burns ... Jake Vig
Rachel Weisz ... Lily
Morris Chestnut ... Travis
Leland Orser ... Lionel Dolby
Louis Lombardi ... Big Al
Paul Giamatti ... Gordo
Brian Van Holt ... Miles
Donal Logue ... Whitworth
Luis Guzmán ... Manzano (as Luis Guzman)
April O'Brien ... Attractive Blonde
Jay Giannone Jay Giannone ... Car Salesman
Tommy 'Tiny' Lister ... Harlin
Franky G ... Lupus
Dustin Hoffman ... King
Melissa Lawner Melissa Lawner ... Katie
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Storyline

Jake Vig leads a small Los Angeles based team of grifters, each member who has his specific role in each con: Jake is the main man, Miles the adversary, Big Al the scared innocent bystander, and Gordo the dead shooting victim. He also has in his pockets crooked LAPD detectives Lloyd Whitworth and Omar Manzano who basically play themselves as needed. Beyond getting the money, the basic goal of each con is to ensure the mark is so scared by what has happened - usually being an accomplice in a "murder" - that he won't come back looking for the money. Jake learns the hard way that their latest mark, Louis Dolby, who they fleeced for $150,000, was carrying money for a criminal named King, who takes a no prisoners approach in getting even, he who knows who stole his money. Instead of returning the $150,000 to King, money which he no longer has anyway, Jake convinces King to parlay that money and a bit more into a bigger con against a mark of King's choice, that person being banker Morgan ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

It's not about the money. It's about the money. See more »

Genres:

Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Lions Gate Entertainment

Country:

USA | Canada | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

CONfidence See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,563,588, 27 April 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$41,000,000, 31 December 2003

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,014,206, 31 December 2003
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When they talk about, and show their job in a "Tampa, Florida" port, they are actually showing the Port of Los Angeles. Tampa doesn't have a bridge like the one that is in the movie. See more »

Goofs

Jake takes his tie off just before his fight with Lupus. Subsequently, the tie is alternately on/off between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jake: So I'm dead. And I think it's because of this redhead.
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Connections

Features Spider-Man (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

House of the Rising Sun
Performed by Donald Byrd
Traditional
Arranged by Alan Price
Used by Permission of Beechwood Music Corporation
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
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CON HEIR
29 July 2004 | by meezaSee all my reviews

I am quite confident that 'Confidence' will be included in My Top 10 Films of 2003. However, there are others which do not abide by this constitution. Unfortunately, the film was a box office disappointment. Therefore, my job is to convert those who escaped 'Confidence' in the multiplexes and convince them to view it on DVD. 'Confidence' stars the personable Edward Burns as Jake Vig, a confident con artist who heads up a gang of trickery-consumed swindlers. Vig has a big job to do when he is ordered by a seasoned-veteran conman named Winston King to grift a business tycoon. Dustin Hoffman's performance as Winston was smokinnnnnnnnng! James Foley's patterned direction possessed intriguing qualities that contributes positively to the unanticipated plot. You will be consumed with numerous narrative twists. Screenplayer Doug Jung is one 'jung' player that is bound to pick up future projects (screenplay projects that is). The supporting acting of the film has to be considered as one of the elite of the year. Besides Hoffman's electrifying work, we had show stopper performances by Rachel Weisz, Paul Giamatti, Andy Garcia, Luis Guzman, Tony G, and Brian Van Holt. Burns' also does strike it up in his starring role as Jake Vig. It's his 'viggest' acting performance so far in his underrated career. Eddie's consummate coolness and charismatic presence are conjuncting components which make 'Vig' the big part of 'Confidence'. Contrary to popular belief, 'Confidence' is one you should be confined to. ***** Excellent


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