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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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English | Japanese

Release Date:

2010 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Whittier, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mental Slapstick See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


"A sin to err" is seen in two different places in the film - on a poster in the cryptanalysts' room and circled letters in the end titles. ASINTOER are the eight most used letters in the English language. This is used in frequency analysis to help break enciphered messages. See more »


The Sailor performing as receptionist in the cryptography building was wearing the insignia of a Hospitalman (E-3). The caduceus shown on his uniform was not adopted until 1948 - in 1935 it would have been a red cross. See more »


Stella Snyder: What's the job?
Eddie Doyle: B&E.
Stella Snyder: Where?
Eddie Doyle: Place called St. Alban's on Q Street.
Stella Snyder: Oh, Eddie.
Eddie Doyle: What?
Stella Snyder: You couldn't have picked a worse joint if you tried.
Eddie Doyle: I didn't exactly choose it, you know.
Stella Snyder: Well, if you had chosen it, you couldn't have picked a worse joint.
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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 »


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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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