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The Red Machine (2009)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 2010 (USA)
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Washington, DC, 1935: At the height of the Great Depression, a charming and irrepressible young thief is forced to help an icy and mysterious United States Navy spy steal a brand new device... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Perkins ... F. Ellis Coburn
Donal Thoms-Cappello ... Eddie Doyle
Meg Brogan Meg Brogan ... Agnes 'Aggie' Driscoll
Maureen Byrnes Maureen Byrnes ... Stella Snyder
Mo Byrnes Mo Byrnes ... Stella Snyder (as Maureen Byrnes)
Eddie Lee Eddie Lee ... Ichiro Shimada
Madoka Madoka ... Naomi Shimada (as Madoka Kasahara)
David Ross Paterson ... Admiral Byron McAdams
Roger Ainslie Roger Ainslie ... Harrison Llewelyn Petrie
Bryan Larkin ... Robert Eldridge Dean
Josiah D. Lee ... Tanaka
Walter Komorowski Walter Komorowski ... Wallis
Landall Goolsby ... Lowell
Robert Scheid ... Murray
Chad Nadolski ... Talmadge


Washington, DC, 1935: At the height of the Great Depression, a charming and irrepressible young thief is forced to help an icy and mysterious United States Navy spy steal a brand new device that the Japanese military is using to encode its top-secret messages. During the mission, which is complicated by the spy's dark past in Tokyo, the two discover that they are pawns in a larger game. Together, they devise an intricate but risky scheme to outwit the people trying to use them. Written by Anonymous

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2010 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Whittier, California, USA

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Mental Slapstick See more »
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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Eight actors from The Red Machine (2009) appeared in the short film Gandhi at the Bat (2006), which was also directed by Stephanie Argy and Alec Boehm: Lee Perkins, Donal Thoms-Cappello, David Ross Paterson, Nicholas Tucci, Stephen Kirkpatrick, John Gordon, Doug Swim and Ryan Pamiez. See more »


As Eddie and the lieutenant arrive at the code breaking building, there is what looks like a modern air-conditioning unit mounted high on the outside wall. See more »


F. Ellis Coburn: It's a capital offense, you know.
Eddie Doyle: What?
F. Ellis Coburn: What we're doing. It's espionage. If they catch us, the Japanese have every right to ship us back to Tokyo and have us executed.
Eddie Doyle: You never told me that.
F. Ellis Coburn: Didn't I?
Eddie Doyle: No. I would have remembered that.
F. Ellis Coburn: It's true.
Eddie Doyle: You're just saying that to try and cheer me up.
F. Ellis Coburn: It might not make the Denver Post, but it's one hell of an accomplishment.
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Crazy Credits

The letters circled in the closing credits spell "ASINTOERR", which was on a poster in the Codebreaking Room at Naval Intelligence building. See more »


jupanese juju
Written by yokoyama, candler and fairey
Performed by the hungry march band
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Completely self-aware and self-confident
18 September 2012 | by ReelGASee all my reviews

"The Red Machine" has been juicing the festival circuit for years, after first going into production in 2009. The Depression-era caper has two solid leads in Lee Perkins and Donal Thoms- Cappello and an equally strong supporting cast, featuring the Thelma Ritter-like Mo Byrnes in a standout role. Perkins and Thoms-Cappello are perfect foils for one another and while there could have been a tad more development on their friendship, the chemistry is certainly there. Completely self-aware and self-confident, colorful edits go to show that no one is taking themselves too seriously along this quick, fun ride. "The Red Machine" is more of a period piece "White Collar" than it is "The Lives of Others," but that's totally fine with me.

3.5 out of 5 stars.

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