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Lies & Illusions (2009)

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A self help author is hunted by thugs who believe the writer holds millions of dollars in diamonds stolen by his dead fiancée.


Tibor Takács


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Slater ... Wes Wilson
Cuba Gooding Jr. ... Isaac Kahn
Sarah Ann Schultz ... Sam / Alicia
Christa Campbell ... Nicole
Robert Giardina ... Boone
Al Madrigal ... Martin
John Casino John Casino ... Sonny
Merritt Yohnka ... Joey
Lochlyn Munro ... Andrew
Alba Jeanne MacConnell Alba Jeanne MacConnell ... Elderly Woman (as Alba Jean McConnell)
Barrie McConnell Barrie McConnell ... Elderly Man
Tracy Schornick Tracy Schornick ... Bank President
Kelly Hyde Kelly Hyde ... Bank Teller
Andrea Hubbard Andrea Hubbard ... Bank Woman
Saybher Perrigo Saybher Perrigo ... Maggie


A self help author is hunted by thugs who believe the writer holds millions of dollars in diamonds stolen by his dead fiancée.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Nothing is what it seems. See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 August 2009 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Alicia's Book See more »

Filming Locations:

Spokane, Washington, USA


Box Office


$4,500,000 (estimated)
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Did You Know?


Star Christian Slater described this movie to his co-star Al Madrigal as "a cash-grab." See more »


In the scene where Alicia is double over the bonnet of a car being man-handled by the man in the George W Bush mask, she wrenches the windshield wiper from the car and stabs the man in the cheek with it. The mask is damaged and covered in blood as a consequence but seconds later in the next shot all the blood is gone and the mask is repaired. See more »


Isaac: Where are my diamonds, Alicia? Maybe I didn't explain to you our retirement policy... there isn't one.
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References Miller's Crossing (1990) See more »


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Written by Stephen Edwards (as Stephen James Edwards)
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Was this supposed to be funny?
16 September 2009 | by aventer-1See all my reviews

I could understand if this was a funny crime film where all the villains are cartoonish bumblers. This is played for real. We have Slater, a con-author who tells everyone how to run their lives but has made a ruin of his own. He runs afoul of Gooding, playing a prissy, effeminate, yet somehow feared smuggler of all kinds of stuff and his gang of over-age thugs. The head thug is a dead ringer for Patrick Troughton, the second actor to play Dr. Who. As such its hard to take him too seriously. The others are kind of old to be slapping people around. Yet, this gang is talented: they manage to shoot people, beat up men and women savagely, shoot up a hotel, crash their car, all in broad daylight and in public without attracting the attention of a single cop. And, like the evil killer in a slasher movie, they are unstoppable. No matter how fast or where Slater runs, how well he hides, how many people are witnesses, the crooks always catch him and beat him up. After a while the chase scenes become pointless since you know Slater is doomed from the start. And no matter how savagely he or his girlfriends are thrashed, a minute later they are just fine, broken ribs and fractured jaws forgotten, with maybe a little cut on the forehead to address. If the film had been played as a take-off on other gangster films, it could have been funny and entertaining. As it is, it's a plot hole ridden mess. Maybe I'm too critical. Others seem to enjoy it.

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