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Spartan (2004)

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The investigation into a kidnapping of the daughter of a high-ranking US government official.

Director:

David Mamet

Writer:

David Mamet

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tia Texada ... Jackie Black
Derek Luke ... Curtis
Val Kilmer ... Scott
Jeremie Campbell ... Cadre Candidate
Bob Jennings ... Grace's Aide
Lionel Mark Smith Lionel Mark Smith ... Colonel Blane
Johnny Messner ... Grace
Chris LaCentra ... Cpl. Sattler (as Chris J. Lacentra)
Renato Magno Renato Magno ... Grossler
Mark FitzGerald Mark FitzGerald ... Training Facility Guard
Tony Mamet Tony Mamet ... Parker
Clark Gregg ... Miller
Ron Butler ... Headquarters Agent
Steven Culp ... Gaines (as Stephen Culp)
Vincent Guastaferro ... Naylor
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Storyline

In the US-government's special ops, Scott is a shooter, not a planner, doing the job without regard to quaint or obsolete convention. When a Harvard undergrad goes missing (the daughter of a US leader), it's Scott who applies the pressure, first to her boyfriend, then to a madam whose cathouse is the initial stop en route to a white slavery auction in Dubai. The abductors may not know the girl's identity, but once they figure it out, she's doomed. Deadly double crosses force Scott to become a planner. Through it all, earnest TV newscasters read the drivel they're handed. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The new thriller from David Mamet - writer/director of HEIST See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

During the scene where a braless Kristen Bell is punched in the stomach by a captor, her shirt slips aside accidentally revealing a breast and nipple. It's the only nudity she's shown in a film as of 2019 but it wasn't intentional. See more »

Goofs

During the staged robbery shootings, the guy dressed as a cop drops the fuel nozzle on the ground. After he has been "shot" and Agent Scott has searched his person, Scott gets into the vehicle next to the gas pump, but the fuel nozzle is no longer on the ground. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Scott: You had your whole life to prepare for this moment. Why aren't you ready?
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Crazy Credits

Bicycle Boy - Camden Munson See more »

Connections

Features Too Late for Tears (1949) See more »

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not conformist
2 May 2005 | by antoniotiernoSee all my reviews

A political thriller that manages to be both logical and surprising. Dialogues are smart and every character is given an important role in this military puzzle film. It shows, in an unconventional way, the hidden world of intelligence service at all its levels (the highest and the lowest). This movie was unnoticed by the general public because of its being somehow simple (with no special effect) but it's for sure genuine and of high quality; it has surprise twists, tough guys and some great action scenes. Furthermore what makes this flick special is not only the story but also the original way David Mamet chose to tell it; Val Kilmer acted in a very mature and professional manner and deserves many compliments for that.


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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English | Russian | Swedish

Release Date:

12 March 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,011,435, 14 March 2004

Gross USA:

$4,434,432

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,112,712
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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