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Gambit (2012)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime | 21 November 2012 (UK)
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An art curator decides to seek revenge on his abusive boss by conning him into buying a fake Monet, but his plan requires the help of an eccentric and unpredictable Texas rodeo queen.

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Michael Hoffman

Writers:

Joel Coen (screenplay), Ethan Coen (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Firth ... Harry Deane
Tom Courtenay ... The Major
Alan Rickman ... Lionel Shabandar
Mike Noble Mike Noble ... Gunboy
Brodie Ross Brodie Ross ... Shabandar's Shoot Servant
Alex Macqueen ... Mr Dunlop
Joe Berryman ... Gas Station Cashier
Ralph Alderman Ralph Alderman ... Rodeo PA Man
Cameron Diaz ... PJ Puznowski
Terry Dale Parks Terry Dale Parks ... Cowboy 1 (Merle) (as Terence Parks)
Russ Dillen Russ Dillen ... Cowboy 2
Cloris Leachman ... Grandma Merle
Sarah Goldberg ... Executive Wilson
Obi Abili ... Executive Slazenger
Anna Skellern ... Fiona (Secretary)
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Storyline

Curator Harry Deane (Colin Firth) is an expert in fine art, but he's equally accomplished in taking abuse from his insolent boss Lionel Shabandar (Alan Rickman). That's about to change. The plan, trick the avid art collector into buying a fake Monet painting. To assist in the heist, Deane hires rowdy Texas cowgirl P.J. Puznowski (Cameron Diaz) to help him fool the richest man in England. But as the plan begins to unravel, Deane finds he is falling in love with the rodeo Queen, ensuing further complications.

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A fake masterpiece. The perfect plan. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some suggestive content, partial nudity and a rude gesture | See all certifications »

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The Coen brothers' draft of the script was originally written in the early 2000s, but the project became stuck in development hell after several directors dropped out. Despite several uncredited rewrites that removed many of their contributions, the Coens were still given sole writing credit. See more »

Goofs

In the karaoke scene PJ takes off her hairpin with her right hand while holding the microphone in her left. In the next shot the microphone is in her right hand and the hairpin is in her left. See more »

Quotes

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The Major: [narrating] This is the story of my brave, foolish friend Harry Deane. Mr. Deane's work as a art curator in London had gone, he felt, largely unappreciated. He told me of countless insults suffered at the hands of his employer, Lionel Shabandar, media tycoon, art collector, and an absolute brute of a fellow.
Lionel Shabandar: [covered in mud] Do not touch my person! You, idiot...
Man: Yes, my lord.
Lionel Shabandar: ...give me your boot.
The Major: [narrating] Forty years ago I'd have called this Shabandar a cad. Now the prevailing ...
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Crazy Credits

The German military leader Hermann Göring is shown briefly in a flashback scene. In English, Göring often transliterated to Goering. However in the credits, his name is spelled Georing. See more »

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Referenced in Honest Trailers: Die Hard (2015) See more »

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Deep In The Heart Of Texas
Written by Don Swander and June Hershey (as June Hershy)
Performed by Moe Bandy
Master courtesy of K-Tel
Performed by Cameron Diaz
Master courtesy of Shabandar Productions Ltd
Published by Melody Lane Publications Inc c/o Peer Music (UK) Ltd
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Decent!
10 December 2014 | by namashi_1See all my reviews

A remake of the 1966 film of the same name, 'Gambit' is a fair comedy, that offers some decent laughs in its short & sweet running-time of 88-minutes. Keep your expectations in check, and have some fun!

'Gambit' Synopsis: An art curator decides to seek revenge on his abusive boss by conning him into buying a fake Monet, but his plan requires the help of an eccentric and unpredictable Texas rodeo queen.

'Gambit' isn't laugh-out-loud funny, which it definitely should've been. Nevertheless, the film has a consistent pace & some of the jokes involving the protagonist's series of unfortunate events, tickle your funny bone.

Joel & Ethan Coen's Screenplay is fair, but it needed more humor, for sure. Michael Hoffman's Direction is royal. Cinematography & Editing are pitch-perfect.

Performance-Wise: Colin Firth is the life of the show. He's fantastic, enacting a comedic role with flourish. Alan Rickman is alright. Cameron Diaz is sporty. Stanley Tucci is wasted. Tom Courtenay is cute.

On the whole, 'Gambit' is a safe bet to watch on a lazy Sunday afternoon.


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Release Date:

21 November 2012 (UK) See more »

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$10,200,000
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2.35 : 1
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