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Deception (2008)

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An accountant is introduced to a mysterious sex club known as The List by his lawyer friend. But in this new world, he soon becomes the prime suspect in a woman's disappearance and a multi-million dollar heist.


Marcel Langenegger


Mark Bomback





Cast overview, first billed only:
Ewan McGregor ... Jonathan McQuarry
Hugh Jackman ... Wyatt Bose
Michelle Williams ... S
Bruce Altman ... Lawyer #1
Andrew Ginsburg ... Lawyer #2
Stephanie Roth Haberle ... Assistant Controller
Christine Kan Christine Kan ... Tennis Player
Dante Spinotti ... Herr Kleiner / Mr. Moretti
Karolina Muller ... Waitress (as Karolina Müller)
Agnete Oernsholt Agnete Oernsholt ... Woman at Waldorf Astoria
Melissa Rae Mahon Melissa Rae Mahon ... Velvet Rope Dancer #1
Rachel Montez Minor Rachel Montez Minor ... Velvet Rope Dancer #2 (as Rachel Montez Collins)
Holly Cruikshank Holly Cruikshank ... Velvet Rope Dancer #3
Deborah Yates Deborah Yates ... Tango Dancer
Bill Camp ... Clancey Controller


Cat and mouse. Jonathan McQuarry is an auditor in Manhattan, moving from office to office checking their books. While working late, a smooth and well-dressed man named Wyatt Bose chats Jonathan up, offers him a joint, and soon they're pals. When their cell phones are accidentally swapped, Jonathan answers Wyatt's phone to a series of women asking if he's free tonight. Jonathan discovers it's a sex club: busy powerful people meet each other anonymously in hotels. Jonathan falls for one of the club members, whom he knows only as "S," whom he's also seen on a subway. When she goes missing, patterns emerge and Jonathan faces demands involving violence and lots of money. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


When you're in this world, no one is who they seem, and everyone is playing the game.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language, brief violence and some drug use | See all certifications »

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English | Spanish | Cantonese

Release Date:

25 April 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The List See more »


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,312,146, 27 April 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,597,760, 22 June 2008
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Michelle Williams and Ewan McGregor also appeared in Incendiary (2008). See more »


At the end of the movie when Jonathan asked Wyatt to tell him about the location of the girl he loves and he will share half of his money, Wyatt agreed but he wanted him to go to a quite place to make the deal. they where just got out the a bank in Madrid then magically Wyatt pulls a gun at him?! how would bank like that allows you to enter without going through a metal detector? because Wyatt seemed to be carrying that gun all the day. See more »


Wyatt Bose: So do you like this work?
Jonathan McQuarry: Yea, I do. The order of it appeals to me... the symmetry... It's alright, I guess, if you like working with numbers.
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Crazy Credits

The end credit sequence initially lists Hugh Jackman and Ewan McGregor as "Ewan Jackman" and "Hugh McGregor" before forming the correct names. See more »


Referenced in Take the Tower: Episode #1.3 (2018) See more »


Yeh Yeh
Performed by Hugh Jackman
Written by Jon Hendricks (as John Hendricks) (ASCAP), Pat Patrick (BMI), and Rogers Lee Grant (BMI)
Published by Mongo Music, Inc. (BMI)
Administered by Bug
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25 April 2008 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"The essence of lying is in deception, not in words." John Ruskin

The only deception in the film Deception is that you might expect a cool, modern thriller. WRONG. This piece of cinematic disappointment defines the dramatic descriptor "telegraph." In other words, if you didn't have an idea of what is to come from what is happening now, then you've not been to junk movies enough not to be surprised. Of course, you can feel right at home with the pervasive use of cell phones, but then you may watch enough TV to be used to them as dramatic device.

Jonathan McQuarry (Ewan McGregor) is a dorky high-level auditor with the requisite glasses and outdated haircut who stumbles into a sex ring, aided by the urbane Wyatt Bose (High Jackman). As Jonathan enjoys himself picking the ever so sweet fruit from this vine, he falls in love with one of the anonymous partners, not a good thing to do.

The ensuing plot complications are as clichéd as clouds in Seattle—they don't always make sense, but, hey, this is the movies! The problem is that without a sharp script, the inconsistencies are more obvious and plot points just not credible, e.g., how does she magically appear at the right spot in a big city? or how can you commit a murder in a public park in Madrid without anyone around in broad daylight? or how can you get a phony passport on short notice? or how can you withdraw millions with that document especially since the photo ID online doesn't look close to your impersonation? or, oh, well, I'm not going to deceive you—this movie lacks credibility.

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