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Criminal (2004)

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Two con artists try to swindle a currency collector by selling him a counterfeit copy of an extremely rare currency bill.

Director:

Gregory Jacobs

Writers:

Fabián Bielinsky (film Nueve reinas), Gregory Jacobs (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John C. Reilly ... Richard Gaddis
Diego Luna ... Rodrigo
Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Valerie
Peter Mullan ... William Hannigan
Zitto Kazann Zitto Kazann ... Ochoa
Jonathan Tucker ... Michael
Laura Cerón ... Waitress (as Laura Ceron)
Soledad St. Hilaire ... Waitress #2
Ellen Geer ... Grandma
Brandon Keener ... Waiter / Daniel
Nick Anavio Nick Anavio ... Café Manager
Deborah Van Valkenburgh ... Woman in Elevator
Maeve Quinlan ... Heather / Soccer Mom
Brent Sexton ... Ron
Malik Yoba ... Frank Hill
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Storyline

Two grifters - boyish, likable Rodrigo and the scheming, cynical Richard - meet by chance. Richard, who has cheated everyone he knows, including his siblings, is missing his partner, so he offers Rodrigo a job for a day. Rodrigo accepts because he has some savings, but needs more to pay his father's gambling debts. Richard gets a call when an aging, ill ex-associate needs help to sell a forged treasury note to a businessman whose visa is expiring the next day, a wealthy man who sees a chance to turn a quick profit buying what he thinks is a stolen document. When the con men have to improvise, Richard asks Rodrigo to use his savings to set up the deal. Is Rodrigo being conned? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Ever get the feeling you're being played? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

24 September 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

171 See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$283,209, 12 September 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$14,688,078, 22 May 2016
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DTS | SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

U. S. adaptation of popular Argentinian film Nueve Reinas (2000) starring Ricardo Darin and Gaston Pauls. See more »

Goofs

When Richard is talking to Valerie about sleeping with William (when the scene first cuts to them), his body and head are moving as if he is saying something, yet the words don't come out until 3 seconds later; then his body stops moving, yet he's still saying something. See more »

Quotes

Richard Gaddis: You know what the biggest jerk-off of all is? Beyond family even, because you can't control your family, is jobs. I mean, this totally mystifies me. Can you believe people actually accept this? It's like you work all day, people tell you what to do all day long. You know, and then on top of taking shit all day, they can fire you.
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The only opening credit is the title. See more »

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Remake of Nine Queens (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Darn That Dream
Written by Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen) and Edgar De Lange
Performed by Clifford Brown/Max Roach Quintet
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A Gem: John C. Reilly, Diego Luna and Maggie Gyllenhaal were never better together.
18 September 2004 | by Bill StollSee all my reviews

Lovers of the grifter genre - you will love this one most of all. It earns a 9 out of 10 from yours truly. Sincerely. Sure, I'm biased for the genre.

But this one has the style of a low budget 'Sting' with a story line on par with Steve Martin's 'The Spanish Prisoner'.

Grifter movies rely on competent, likable con men and women, gullible marks and a logical plot. The audience can be(come) the mark, as can the cons themselves. That's why this genre yanks me in … and why it entertains so well. I am (you are) the detective. Figure out what's going on before they tell you: That's the ame. I'm a cynic by nature and I'm always equal to the task.

Now this one - I couldn't figure it all out before they revealed it. What they reveal is worth the wait and meandering through the story. I doubt you'll piece it all together either. Therein lies how it earned its 9.

The plot works. Oh . . . and "Cut to the chase' will never be the same after you see how "Criminal" cuts to it. It's brilliant and timed with perfection. It's something you'd expect from the likes of Spike Lee.

Sorry to be oblique here; but if I tell you any more, the ending would be exposed. The last two minutes tell all - and the first 85 are every bit as entertaining and important. John C. Reilly, Diego Luna and Maggie Gyllenhaal are worth the admission price. Superb, all! See it. Tonight!


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