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
It was imperative to writer-director David Mamet that this movie represent the world of military espionage as authentically as possible. To this end, he asked former Delta Force operative Eric L. Haney to serve as both the film's technical advisor and military advisor. "Eric served in Delta Force for about fifteen years from its inception, and I read his wonderful book 'Inside Delta Force' ", Mamet said. "When I asked him to be an advisor, he said: "Absolutely,' to my great delight and the inestimable impact on the film". See more »
Scott shoots "Essex House Man #1" twice and the slide on his gun locks back. In the next shot, the slide is locked forward. See more »
You had your whole life to prepare for this moment. Why aren't you ready?
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This one better than most of David Mamet's later films and this is just as good as House of Games and Homicide. This movie stars Val Kilmer as a government agent who is called in to help with the search of the president's missing daughter. Val is willing to do just about anything to get her back and the less you know about the plot, the better you're off. I'm surprised that i never even heard of this movie until it came in theaters. I saw no previews for it or any ads anywhere. The first place i heard about was when Val Kilmer was on The Daily Show to promote the movie. I only went to go see it was that it was written and directed by David Mamet. It would be a good thing to not read any reviews before you see it.
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