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The Hard Easy (2006)

R | | Action, Crime, Drama | 22 May 2007 (USA)
Two separate teams of jewel thieves, one low-rent and one upscale, both desperate, converge on the same score at the exact same time, and a simple job turns out very complicated and very bloody.

Director:

Ari Ryan

Writers:

Jon Lindstrom (screenplay), Jon Lindstrom (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Henry Thomas ... Paul Weston
David Boreanaz ... Roger Hargitay
Vera Farmiga ... Dr. Charlie Brooks
Bruce Dern ... Gene
Peter Weller ... Ed Koster
Nick Lachey ... Jason Burns
Elimu Nelson ... Stephen McKinley
Gary Busey ... Vinnie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rae Allen ... Freddie
Heather Arrelano Heather Arrelano ... Office Worker
Greg Ashamalla ... Ed's Assistant
Emily Bergl ... Natalie
Joe Bucaro III ... Bennie
Jacob Chambers Jacob Chambers ... Todd
Marc Dare Marc Dare ... Blackjack Player
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Storyline

In Los Angeles, the gambler Paul Weston is a loser, and owes a lot of money to the dangerous mobster Freddie. When he is brutally beaten and the life of his former wife is threatened by the Freddie, his acquaintance bartender Vinnie sends him to Dr. Charlie Brooks first and then he convinces him to participate of a heist in the jewelry district with the professional thief Gene to raise the necessary money to pay his debt. Meanwhile, the stock market broker Roger Hargitay finds that the company where he works embezzled US$ 5,000,000.00 from their clients and he will be arrested in a couple of days. His boss Ed Koster convinces Roger and two co-workers to participate in an easy robbery of a jewelry planned by an inside man. On Saturday morning, both gangs arrive in the same jewelry for the same heist at the same time. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Two Gangs, One Heist....Only the Lucky Survive.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and pervasive language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Duplo Assalto See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Henry & Vera have both starred in the Psycho franchise. See more »

Goofs

The display case in Charlie's office supposedly contains the military awards of her father, who was apparently a U.S. Marine as denoted by the large Marine Corps emblem at the top of the display. However, the case contains two Navy marksmanship medals and a Navy Good Conduct Medal ribbon. These awards are not given to Marines, since the Marine Corps has its own unique marksmanship badges and Good Conduct Medal. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Saleswoman: Over here... Good morning.
Delivery guy: Good morning. What, uh, What's with all the suits?
Saleswoman: Some big dealer thing.
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Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.159 (2012) See more »

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The Hard Easy
Written by David Calzaretta and Jimmy Riley
Performed by David Calzaretta and Jimmy Riley
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A solid debut
8 June 2008 | by GFrank1See all my reviews

Sure, it's a genre picture, but a stylishly directed and well acted one. First time helmer Ryan especially gets great performances out of the character actors (Weller and Dern) who haven't had a chance to strut their stuff on screen like this in years. I do wish Ryan's talents in striking a nice balance between action, noir, and drama had been matched by a smarter screenplay (you want the plot to twist more and not just thicken). However, all in all it's a great showcase for some fine acting (not only by the aforementioned Weller and Dern; Farmiga, Boreanaz, and especially Thomas also come off quite well)and director Ryan, who seems to exhibit the same muscular craftsmanship of a young Sidney Lumet or Michael Mann.


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