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Duplicity (2009)

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Two ex-government agents turned rival industrial spies have to be at the top of their game when one of their companies prepares to launch a major product. However, they distract each other in more ways than one.

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Tony Gilroy

Writer:

Tony Gilroy
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clive Owen ... Ray Koval
Julia Roberts ... Claire Stenwick
Tom Wilkinson ... Howard Tully
Paul Giamatti ... Richard Garsik
Dan Daily ... Garsik's Aide
Lisa Roberts Gillan ... Tully's Assistant
David Shumbris ... Turtleneck
Rick Worthy ... Dale Raimes
Oleg Stefan ... Boris Fetyov
Denis O'Hare ... Duke Monahan
Kathleen Chalfant ... Pam Frailes
Khan Baykal ... Dinesh Patel
Tom McCarthy ... Jeff Bauer
Wayne Duvall ... Ned Guston
Fabrizio Brienza ... Hotel Manager
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Storyline

Ray works for MI6, Claire for the CIA. She burns him in Dubai. Jump ahead five years: he sees her in Grand Central and confronts her. Both now work in industrial security for corporate giants whose CEOs hate each other. Flashbacks fill us in: is it coincidence that he sees her in Grand Central? In about a week, one of the firms is going to announce a revolutionary product. Under the guise of helping that corporation's rival, can Ray and Claire work their own theft and find an independent buyer? To work together, using the corporate rivalry to their advantage, they would have to trust one another - difficult, if not impossible. Or, is one playing the other? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Outwit. Outspy. Outsmart. Outplay. Then get out.


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Rated PG-13 for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English | Spanish | Russian | German

Release Date:

20 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Duplicidad See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,965,110, 22 March 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$40,572,825

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$81,079,566
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2.35 : 1
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Denis O'Hare is in the film alongside Julia Roberts. O'Hare would later be cast in American Horror Story with Emma Roberts, Julia's niece. See more »

Goofs

When Ray catches up Claire in Rome, her hair length changes: when Ray followed her, it was on a short ponytail/bun but ends up to be on her shoulder when they face. See more »

Quotes

Claire Stenwick: How do I know you?
Ray Koval: How do you know me? Wow! That's a strong play. Believe me, I spent a lot of time thinking what this would be like. Where it'd be, what I'd say, what you'd say, but I never thought it...
Claire Stenwick: I'm sorry, I just...
Ray Koval: You really wanna go this way?
Claire Stenwick: Look you clearly have me confused with someone else.
Ray Koval: I don't know. I'm not great on names. I should be. I try. Faces I'm definitely better. I'm like a B, B-. Where I'm good, where I really excel, people I have slept with. That's been a ...
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Farruca
Written by Agustin Castellon Campos
Performed by Grisha Goryachev
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enjoyable yet confounding
20 March 2009 | by techcrw421See all my reviews

As with any spy film, a certain amount of complexity in the script is to be expected. However this spy film adds on plot twists, flash backs, back stabbing and double agents with so much frequency that it left me scratching my head by its end. As an on screen team Julia Roberts and Clive Owen work well together but even their performances were drowned out by the sheer complexity of the script. There are also welcome surprises from the supporting cast, each of whom seemed to have their fair share of witty dialogue. Ultimately the movie is less about a romance between rival spies, and is more about keeping its audience wondering just how the plot can twist next. As the final credits role one looming question remains: "What happened here?" even complex spy thrillers such as "Mission Impossible" had some kind of wrap up at its end that cleared up any lingering doubt or questions and we were happier for it. 'Duplicity' is a fun little spy film, with some fine performances by Roberts and Owen and plenty of well written dialogue, but it is brought down by the overly complex plot and I fear will leave even fans of the genre feeling slightly numb when the credits role.


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