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Inside Man (2006)

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A police detective, a bank robber, and a high-power broker enter high-stakes negotiations after the criminal's brilliant heist spirals into a hostage situation.

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Spike Lee

Writer:

Russell Gewirtz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denzel Washington ... Detective Keith Frazier
Clive Owen ... Dalton Russell
Jodie Foster ... Madeleine White
Christopher Plummer ... Arthur Case
Willem Dafoe ... Captain John Darius
Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Detective Bill Mitchell
Carlos Andrés Gómez ... Steve
Kim Director ... Stevie
James Ransone ... Steve-O
Bernie Rachelle ... Chaim (as Bernard Rachelle)
Peter Gerety ... Captain Coughlin
Victor Colicchio Victor Colicchio ... Sergeant Collins
Cassandra Freeman ... Sylvia
Peter Frechette ... Peter Hammond
Gerry Vichi Gerry Vichi ... Herman Gluck
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Storyline

From a cell, a man tells us he has planned the perfect bank robbery; he invites us to watch. An efficient gang enters a Manhattan bank, locks the doors, and takes hostages. They work deliberately, without haste. Detective Frazier is assigned to negotiate, but half his mind is occupied with the corruption charges he is facing. The bank's president has something to protect in a safe deposit box, so he brings in Madeleine White, a high-power broker with a hidden agenda. With an army of police surrounding the bank, the thief, the cop, and the plutocrat's fixer enter high-stakes negotiations. Why are the robbers asking for a plane, if they are so competent and they know they won't get one? Why aren't they in more of a hurry? If the job's perfect, why is the thieves' leader in a cell? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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It looked like the perfect bank robbery. But you can't judge a crime by its cover.


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Rated R for language and some violent images | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official Facebook | UIP [Germany]

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Albanian | Spanish

Release Date:

24 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,954,945, 26 March 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$88,513,495

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$184,376,254
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The scene in which the boy shows Dalton the video game he is playing on his PSP was not in the original script. Director Spike Lee added it to "make a comment on gangster rap's infatuation with violence." The game is not real, but was created by an animation house. Lee asked them to come up with animation for "the most violent game ever". See more »

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When the ring case in the safety deposit box is opened, the Cartier logo is smaller, with "London" and "Paris" visible under the logo. Later, when Detective Frazier shows the ring in the box to the mayor, the logo is a different Cartier logo. See more »

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[first lines]
Dalton Russell: My name is Dalton Russell. Pay strict attention to what I say because I choose my words carefully and I never repeat myself. I've told you my name: that's the Who. The Where could most readily be described as a prison cell. But there's a vast difference between being stuck in a tiny cell and being in prison. The What is easy: recently I planned and set in motion events to execute the perfect bank robbery. That's also the When. As for the Why: beyond the obvious financial motivation...
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Stalemate
3 November 2007 | by billion_mucksSee all my reviews

Although it sets off pretty well, with Clive Owen talking straight to the camera saying he has the perfect plan to rob a bank, that he is 100 percent sure that his plan is flawless. We always see movies with bank robberies being the criminals risky and edgy, and repeating sometimes the same techniques and same lines. Well with the new optic of this film, one is excited. He planned it so precisely, so extensively he believes there is no possible flail. Well, this declaration is the only thing that the movie can claim of distinguished.

Following this interesting commence, the movie will set with a boring brain fight between the chief police and the principal robber. Different "interests" for an account of the bank set an uninteresting premise where the script just doesn't go anywhere. I repeat, it promises more than whatever it delivers. The final and the twist are somewhat good, but doesn't surprise as the story doesn't introduce us to the characters correctly and we simply don't care. It appears to be a distinguished, different, excellent film. Avoid it, because it just isn't so.


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