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Duplicity (2009)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 20 March 2009 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Tony Gilroy

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

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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 Shtefanko ... Boris Fetyov (as Oleg Stefan)
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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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Despite all the plot twists Duplicity was shot in less than 80 days. See more »

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Near the end of the movie, Howard Tully and his people listen to a recording of Claire's and Ray's conversation. A few shots later, the speaker is seen from behind, and it's neither hooked up to audio nor to power. 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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Duped to the End
7 July 2009 | by thesar-2See all my reviews

Having just finished the enormously disappointing 'The International,' a 2009 espionage thriller starring Clive Owen, I can't believe I saw 'Duplicity'…another 2009 espionage thriller starring Clive Owen. Sue me, I'm a Julia Roberts fan, I actually like Owen – we all make mistakes so no judgments on some projects, and I love a good 'Ocean's Eleven'-type spy/dark comedy. Fortunately, after having to take several breaks in 'Duplicity' and wanting to turn this off for good, I stuck through to the end. I'm glad I did. Few horrible movies, as I thought this was slowly becoming, reach out and grab me in the closing. Perfect movie? By no means; it's barely average, but if you allow yourself, like I did, to reach the climax, you'll probably be equally surprised. After roughly three-dozen "two weeks ago," "ten years ago," etc, flashbacks, you'll learn Roberts and Owen are capers in love attempting to make a heist (and life) together using their trained skills. After awhile, they settle down between two rivaling companies bent on cosmetology, products, etc. You, the viewer, pick up clues along the way on whose side who's on and who you can trust. Big problems with the film started with an maddening slow-mo Wilkinson/Giamatti intro, then the endless boxed in scenes (dang, I know style, but this was as ridiculous and annoying as Lee's 'Hulk' comic book, uh, approach to minimizing the screen) and with the extreme lack of chemistry between the two leads. Sure, Owens is swift and good, but Roberts looks fresh off the 'Ocean's' set, with almost zero charisma she was built on in the early 90s. In fact, she just looks tired. Motherhood might do that. Nevertheless, it had its moments, and the end ties all the confusion you'll have. I certainly did until the last act.


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