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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 ... Cowboy 1 (Merle) (as Terence Parks)
Russ Dillen Russ Dillen ... Cowboy 2
Cloris Leachman ... Grandma Merle
Sarah Goldberg ... Executive Wilson
Obi Abili Obi Abili ... Executive Slazenger
Anna Skellern ... Fiona (Secretary)
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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 »

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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 script went through a considerable re-write to solidify the movie's PG-13 rating. See more »

Goofs

The stunt double used for PJ in the calf roping scene is heavier than Cameron Diaz. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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Birthday Happy
Performed by Robby Armstrong
Written by Robby Armstrong and Darrell Brown
Published by Robby Armstrong Music & Grey Ink Music
Admin by Kobalt
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Fun, Neat and Entertaining Caper Film
20 June 2013 | by 3xHCCHSee all my reviews

I had no idea what "Gambit" would be about when I watched. It was the stellar cast of Colin Firth, Cameron Diaz and Alan Rickman that convinced me to try this low-key film release. And I am sure glad I did.

"Gambit" is a funny little comedy about art curator Harry Deane (Firth) hatching a caper to sell a forgery of a Monet painting to his own haughty boss (Rickman). Deane picks an American rodeo champion, PJ Puznowski (Diaz) as accomplice, or does she have other plans up her sleeve?

The very British comedy had been written by the very American Ethan and Joel Coen, with very wry and witty results. Surely, there is no out-of- the-box, off-the-wall "Fargo" or "No Country for Old Men" Coens in this film. This is simple and straightforward comedy. I wonder why they did not direct it themselves.

Colin Firth gets away from his serious period films with this film where his character gets into the most unfortunate and ridiculous of circumstances. Alan Rickman plays a very rich, formal and ruthless CEO here, but we get to see him in a couple of the most embarrassing scenes of all. We will forget Prof. Snape as we watch this.

Cameron Diaz again plays a pretty, perky girl, seemingly lacking brain matter, a character she can play with a blindfold, but nonetheless fun to watch. Distinguished British actor Tom Courtenay plays the very capable art forger Major, who is Deane's partner-in-crime.

Overall, this is one very entertaining film. Those scenes of Colin Firth outside the window of the hotel were pretty funny, among many other scenes. It is fun. It is neat. I enjoyed it a lot.


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