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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.

Director:

Spike Lee

Writer:

Russell Gewirtz
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1,116 ( 8)
6 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Paul's (Lemon Andersen) line, calling one of the detectives that were interrogating him a "wassa-wassa", was improvised. So was Detective Frazier's (Denzel Washington's) response: "How do you say 'Rikers Island' in Spanish?" See more »

Goofs

The lock box is picked correctly towards the end of the movie when Detective Frazier is in the vault by removing the nose to access the levers. However, earlier in the movie it is done wrong. The nose remains on the box yet the thieves are still able to pick it. See more »

Quotes

[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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Crazy Credits

The opening credits form similar to the way a safe's rings/levers are operated, reflecting the theme of the film. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Take (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Gold Digger
Written by Kanye West (as Kanye Omari West), Ray Charles, Renald Richard
Performed by Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx
Courtesy of Roc-A-Fella Records, L.L.C.
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
Contains a sample of "I Got a Woman"
Performed by Ray Charles
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Caper film with a very exciting storyline and surprising ending
15 May 2006 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

A carefully and neatly perfect crime about a bank robbery goes awry when a band (leader of the gang is Clive Owen)abducts and takes hostages to people of building interior. A Police Inspector(Denzel Washington)must save at whatever cost the hostages bank what's suddenly under siege and itself surrounded of heavily super-armed polices .The robbers have sworn kill if they attack.Psychosis and paranoia abound between the prisoners from all sides and they can see no way out and someone making desperate tryings to flee.Clive Owen as the mastermind,executes an intelligent scheme is both exciting and thrilling although with a twisted finale.

Film packs maximum tension,emotion,thriller and surprise from the subsequents attempts by the policemen to enter in the bank. This movie is a crowd-pleasing blend of intrigue,tense,action packed and fast movement .It's a good production values with several stars and a clever twist ending. Great producer Brian Grazer assembled a highly talented international cast(Denzel,Owen,Jodie Foster,Christopher Plummer).The casting is absolutely perfect tough Clive Owen is mostly hidden into a hood. Crisp acting by Denzel Washington who plays a policeman making a first rate interpretation.Magnificent cinematography by Matthew Libatique.Memorable score by Terence Blanchard,he is Spike Lee's habitual films. Taut direction makes this splendid caper a crackerjack entertainment. Spike lee's realization is razor sharp.This is one of the finest last years of the big heist genre and much better than Ocean's eleven,Ocean's twelve and Italian job. Rating : Above average and well worth watching.


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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:

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,954,945, 26 March 2006

Gross USA:

$88,513,495

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$186,003,591
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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