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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 ... Ochoa
Jonathan Tucker ... Michael Gaddis
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

In Los Angeles, Richard Gaddis and a Mexican immigrant named Rodrigo, both small time con men, meet in the progress of one of their cons gone wrong, the other who proves to be the savior in the situation. Richard is looking for someone to replace his old partner, "the Jew", so that he can move onto bigger cons, while Rodrigo is trying to obtain money to help his ill father pay off some major debts. Despite their differences in operation - Richard whose cons are more in your face and he working on the premise that one needs to look rich to get rich, while Rodrigo doesn't like to bring attention to himself and thus his grifting ways - they decide to join forces. Although neither fully trusts the other, their partnership is forged on what the other can do for him: Richard figures that Rodrigo's innocent look can play to their advantage, while Rodrigo - who Richard renames "Brian" to make him seem more Caucasian and thus trustworthy - sees working with Richard as a means to get to his ... Written by Huggo

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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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Trivia

The end credits mention special thanks to Ted Griffin, who was the writer of Ocean's Eleven, which starred George Clooney and which was directed by Steven Soderbergh, who both co-produced Criminal. See more »

Goofs

Ochoa's son in law claims the US Treasury stopped issuing gold and silver certificates in 1934. In reality, Silver Certificates were printed until 1964 and Gold Certificates until 1933. See more »

Quotes

Richard Gaddis: [speaking to Rodrigo] You have one thing money and practice can't buy - you look like a nice guy.
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The only opening credit is the title. See more »

Connections

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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Why remake "Nine Queens"?
14 June 2004 | by tiger0212See all my reviews

After sitting through the world premiere of "Criminal", I spent the whole movie trying to remember where I had seen this script before, and then the credits mention that it was adapted from the script of a great British film called "Nine Queens", which was out only a few years ago.

Except for exchanging a postage stamp for a rare currency bill, there is no originality in this adapted screenplay. Similar to the remake of "Psycho", if you are going to film a scene-for-scene remake, then why do it?

I can only hope that this movie causes people to seek out the original "Nine Queens", so that it gets the recognition it deserves in America.

It's truly sad that the first film from someone who has worked for years as an assistant director couldn't be something more innovative, original, or unique.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

24 September 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$283,209, 12 September 2004

Gross USA:

$929,233

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,398,053
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DTS | SDDS (8 channels)| Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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