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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

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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

Composed and meticulous, the soft-spoken and ingenious bank robber, Dalton Russell, has orchestrated the perfect heist--shortly, the Manhattan bank at the corner of Wall Street and Broadway along with dozens of hostages will be his to command. Try as he might, the rough hostage negotiator, Keith Frazier, is always one step behind the criminal mastermind--and what is more disheartening--the institution's silver-haired founder, Arthur Case, recruits the intelligent problem-fixer, Madeline White, to retrieve something of paramount importance. However, the thieves seem to procrastinate intentionally, when they should be rushing into action. Will Arthur and Madeline get what they want this time? Written by Nick Riganas

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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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Official Sites:

Official Facebook | UIP [Germany]

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Albanian | Spanish

Release Date:

24 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El plan perfecto See more »

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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

Spike Lee decided to cast Amir Ali Said after watching him perform in a Chappelle's Show (2003) skit. See more »

Goofs

The cops are supposedly fooled when the gang play part of a speech in Albanian by the late Enver Hoxha to fool their listening devices. But even though they don't know the language, they ought to notice that it sounds like a monologue by one man rather than a possible conversation between four bank robbers, one of them female. See more »

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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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Blakespot reviews: Inside Man
15 July 2006 | by TimeForChillieSee all my reviews

Inside Man, 2006 7/10, 3rd best of 2006, 143rd best of the 2000's, 436th all time That third best is misleading because this was the third movie of 2006 I'd seen. However, last is also misleading because all three were very good movies. Inside Man was directed by Spike Lee. Prior to seeing Inside Man let me give you a list of all the Spike Lee movies I've ever enjoyed watching: 1. Malcolm X 2. hmmm... ummmm... nevermind. So I didn't really have that high of expectations. However, I have to admit that this movie is extremely well made. It's evident from the beginning of the movie. In the first 5 minutes of the movie the camera shot changes every five seconds. Normally this would just annoy me, but the editor managed to do this without wasting a single one of those five second shots, and with great accompanying music it was actually one of my favorite opening sequences ever. While the camera work is great throughout what really makes this movie stand out are the great performances by the two leads. Clive Owen is great as a "not your everyday bankrobber" and Washington is wonderful, somehow giving an incredibly fresh performance in spite of the fact that he's playing a cop for what seams like the 11th time in his past 12 films. Its an interesting story with some decent twists and better than average dialouge. This is just a very good movie with something for almost everybody.


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