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The Scam Artist (2004)

In a near future America ruled by corporations, the Devil is in the details and nothing is what it seems. When the daughter of a wealthy CEO and her boyfriend scheme to fake her kidnapping ... See full summary »

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Cliff Hensley

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Cliff Hensley
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Cast

Cast overview:
Kimberly Page ... Sylvia Heinrich
Dallas Page ... Lenny
Michael Patrick Larson ... David Sands (as Michael Larson)
Angie Fox ... Carla Steitru
Jonathan Spencer ... Tweedle Dee
Tim McNally Tim McNally ... Winston Heinrich
Michael Henry Harris Michael Henry Harris ... Tweedle Dum
Michelle Kegley Michelle Kegley ... Carolyn Steinway
David Skoke David Skoke ... Shelby Hutchins
Constantine Varazo ... Hardline
Ax Norman Ax Norman ... Mr. Smith
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In a near future America ruled by corporations, the Devil is in the details and nothing is what it seems. When the daughter of a wealthy CEO and her boyfriend scheme to fake her kidnapping and skip the country with a small fortune, her lover solicits the help of a seasoned freelance mercenary; but everyone has ulterior motives. As their plan spirals out of control, the three partners in crime come face-to-face with their own inner demons. Soon, two men's greed and one woman's desire lead to murder... and a horrifying personal revelation. Written by Cliff Hensley

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The Devil is in the details. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Sci-Fi | Action

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 2004 (USA) See more »

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Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Budget:

$3,500 (estimated)
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Edgeworks Entertainment See more »
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Stereo (RCA Sound System)

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1.78 : 1
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Sylvia: Are those Zeiss?
Lenny: The one and only. Perfect 20/20 vision, low-light and thermoptic modes, integrated targeting system, GPS and satellite uplink.
Sylvia: Wow. You can kill people and check your email all at the same time. That's really something.
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"In Memoriam, Linda Elise Hensley. August 7, 1950 - October 9, 2001." See more »

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Good for a young film maker. Nothing more.
15 August 2006 | by TeresofBloodSee all my reviews

As an aspiring film maker, I see this as a personal achievement, but not a commercial achievement. I'm going to break the film down and review every aspect of it. ACTING: For the most part, much of this movie plays like a soap opera. Some performances are decent and some are annoying as hell. Surprisingly to many, Dallas Page's performance was by the the most compelling and entertaining in the film. STORY: The story was decent as well. I will not reveal many details, but let me say that the scam was well thought out by the writer, and there were some unexpected twists, but in the end it seems like an extremely roundabout way to do a job. MUSIC: The music is exactly what you hear in the trailer. It is very techno-esquire sounding. No real instrumentals. But it doesn't detract much from the viewing experience. It suits the subject matter. PICTURE: It doesn't look bad, but it was filmed at 30p, meaning it looks more like video than film. This is forgivable, but it limits its commercial marketability. SOUND: This is BY FAR the WORST aspect of the film. There is no sound design, whatsoever. The sound is inconsistent from one shot from the next, with loud hisses and pops in one shot and then in the next shot, there is no hiss at all. The sound design really detracts from the viewing experience.

One upside to the sound design, for me as an aspiring film maker, is that it showed me how important sound design is in the final product.

FINAL SUMMARY: This film is worth seeing for DDP fans and aspiring film makers. Aspiring film makers because this is a film shot on a 3.5 thousand dollar budget that received much acclaim, but still is not commercially marketable. Watch this film to see what it doesn't do well to improve your chances of making a commercially marketable film. Other than that, the film won't be worth much to the average viewer. However, I am a huge DDP fan, and his performance was so bad ass and cool at times that I will no doubt revisit this film in the future.


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