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Misconduct (2016)

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When an ambitious young lawyer takes on a big case against a powerful and ruthless executive of a large pharmaceutical company, he soon finds himself involved in a case of blackmail and corruption.


Shintaro Shimosawa
4,266 ( 585)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Duhamel ... Ben Cahill
Anthony Hopkins ... Arthur Denning
Al Pacino ... Charles Abrams
Alice Eve ... Charlotte Cahill
Malin Akerman ... Emily Hynes
Byung-Hun Lee ... The Accountant (as Byung Hun Lee)
Julia Stiles ... Jane Clemente
Glen Powell ... Doug Fields
Marcus Lyle Brown ... Joe Bilson
Leah McKendrick ... Amy
Chris Marquette ... Giffords (as Christopher Marquette)
Skye P. Marshall ... Hatty
Gregory Alan Williams ... Richard Hill
Jason Gibson ... Graham
Nathan Moore ... Lawrence (as Nathan J. Moore)


When an ambitious young lawyer takes on a big case against a powerful and ruthless executive of a large pharmaceutical company, he soon finds himself involved in a case of blackmail and corruption.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Corruption, power, murder. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, violence and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]





Release Date:

5 February 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beyond Deceit See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »


Box Office


$11,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original title of the movie was "Beyond Deceit". It was changed during filming, because too many people thought it sounded like "Beyond Da Sea". See more »


When Arthur gets home after work, he receives a threatening text with a photo of Emily and a time-stamp of 7:29 pm. The threat implies that Emily will be killed in 12 hours unless ransom is paid. According to the phone screen, Arthur receives a text with ransom details at 9:13 pm, demanding the ransom by 1 pm, five and a half hours after the kidnapper(s) said Emily would be killed. As Arthur immediately begins collecting cash from his safe, Jane says they'll have trouble getting to the drop site by 1pm because it is lunch time. When Arthur walks down a hall while looking at the just-received demand text, a window with daylight is visible, so the intended time of day appears to be lunch time, still hours after the original deadline. See more »


[first lines]
Reporter #1: Tonight, investigators are questioning the credibility of those clinical trials.
Woman #1: I'm very angry. I can't believe doctors could betray so many people.
Man #1: I was part of the initial test group for the drug Vypraxilin. And, I can say without a doubt it was probably the worst decision I've ever made in my life.
Man #2: These people knowingly put out inaccurate information and they were being selective in the facts about the case.
Woman #2: She looked at me and then collapsed. Her mouth filled with blood and...
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Written & Performed by Maranta
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Warning: Watching this can be hazardous for your health
11 February 2017 | by jackthehackSee all my reviews

I like refrigerator movies. Hitchcock called the serviceable thrillers that because while they were very entertaining to watch, after you go home and are going through the refrigerator, you start to pick apart the plot. In case of Misconduct, you might as well carry a portable refrigerator because you start picking the plot apart while watching it!

Some good direction and clever plotting can help cover a deeply flawed movie to an extent. This movie however is extremely tone deaf. There is no sense of directorial style. There is an insulting use of non- linear chronology which serves no purpose other than to hide the fact that the plot is paper thin. It goes without saying that Al Pacino and Sir Anthony Hopkins are legends. They can make Troll 3 at this point and their legacy won't be hurt. Well maybe a little bit, but they are still legends. But this movie wastes their talents especially Hopkins who seems like he is waiting to cash in his check. Pacino gets a scene to go bombastic but you just don't care and just feel sad for the guy. Josh Duhamel tries but the ridiculous script defeats him. The standout is Alice Eve who gives the worst performance I have ever seen in a big budget movie. There is emotionally distant and there is whatever the hell Eve was going for.

I was in a flight and looking for a quick movie to kill the time but this movie despite a promising start, completely goes off the rails and ends up being a waste.

There is a scene about 70% into the movie where Hopkins and Pacino are on-screen, for the first time EVER...and you just don't give a damn! That is all you need to know about this junk.

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