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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 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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By the time you figure it out ...you've been had. 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

Despite the fact that this was filmed in the standard spherical format, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits. 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

Bookish Man: [examining the Treasury bill] The portrait is lifelike and stands out distinctly. The hairlines and the points on the seals are sharp and even, with very well-defined outlines. The background density is accurate and very well balanced. My opinion, subject to further testing, is this article is genuine.
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Crazy Credits

The only opening credit is the title. See more »

Connections

Remake of Nine Queens (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Roundalay
Written by Oscar Peterson
Performed by The Oscar Peterson Trio with Clark Terry
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Con men
18 September 2004 | by jotix100See all my reviews

One question that always pop in my mind whenever Hollywood tries to remake a foreign film that was successful is: Why? In most cases, the end result is disastrous; it never compares with the original movie and why spend money in something that has already been done, better.

The movie in question here is the Argentine surprise film of last year, "9 Queens". In it, Fabian Belinsky, its director, was able to give us an original story, a caper, that was well executed and brilliantly acted; it was a pleasure to watch.

Not to put this movie down, but it suffers in comparison. Gregory Jacobs, the director, has adapted the story to present day Los Angeles and the story hasn't changed at all. The memory of the other movie was still vivid in our minds, so there was no surprise with this one.

The acting is good in general. John C. Reilly makes the con man Richard Gaddis perfectly slimy. Diego Luna brings a nice balance to his role, and Maggie Gillenhaal is excellent as the long suffering sister.

If you haven't seen the original, this version works fine.


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