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Con Man (2018)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 2 March 2018 (USA)
The story of Barry Minkow, a young charismatic business man who becomes a wealthy CEO by lying, cheating and stealing his way to the top.

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Bruce Caulk
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Armand Assante ... Jack Saxon
Justin Baldoni ... Barry Minkow
Talia Shire ... Carol Minkow
Mark Hamill ... Robert Minkow
Gianni Russo ... Derek Lewis
Elisabeth Röhm ... Lisa Minkow (as Elisabeth Rohm)
Michael Nouri ... Uncle Joe
Barry Minkow Barry Minkow ... Barry Minkow
Ving Rhames ... Peanut
James Caan ... Agent Gamble
Michael O'Hearn ... Mr. Green
Blake Berris ... Young Mike (as Blake Barris)
Kelly Noonan ... Reporter #1
Ragan Wallake ... Aida
Gavin Houston ... Hulking Jock
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The story of Barry Minkow, a young charismatic business man who becomes a wealthy CEO by lying, cheating and stealing his way to the top.

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 March 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Con Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$9,500,000 (estimated)
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Insomnia Media Group See more »
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Color
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Trivia

Talia Shire and Gianni Russo played husband and wife Connie and Carlo in The Godfather ( 1972 ). See more »

Goofs

There are grammatical and spellings errors throughout the newspaper articles shown during the montage that begins 9 minutes in. See more »

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Stepping Out
Written and Performed by Sharynlee Van De Vovenkamp
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Interesting true story told very poorly.
28 February 2018 | by TheTopDawgCriticSee all my reviews

The writing/screenplay by novice writer/producer/director Bruce Caulk was bad. The story was all over the place with major plot issues. What got me was these narrators on screen telling their part of the story/events, not knowing who they are until the very end, and then realizing they are mainly nobodys. Why even have them in the film? It was enough having just the voice commentary. The 100 min length was fairly paced, but had it been written and edited better, it would have been better enjoyed.

Bruce's direction of the cameras in general was ok for a b-grade film, but he failed in directing some of the celebrity actors and made them seem like amateurs, as where the rest of the cast. James Caan was the only convincing character, and in a distant second place was Mark Hamill.

The score was atrocious... something that at times belonged in a Disney adventure film. The editing was just as bad.

The only reason I gave this film a very generous 6/10 was for introducing and telling the viewer the true story of Barry Minkow (who was also in the film as himself). I ended up learning more of his story by Google-ing him. Would I see it again or recommend it? Nope. But if you're into these type of white-collar criminal biographical films, it may be interesting enough to see.


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