I found this movie on tv last night by chance about 15 minutes into the story.
Unlike many other reviewers I was captivated by Rebecca Pidgeon and decided to watch the movie.
This movie is not a typical "Hollywood" star vehicle. You will not find overblown performances here. This is not a movie that one watches while crunching popcorn. One needs to play complete attention to the screen for the duration of the movie.
I enjoyed this movie very much and recommend it to literate people who enjoy mysteries.
Unfortunately most young adults today find video games more alluring a pastime and may not enjoy this "talkie."
I discovered today that this movie is the work of David Mamet - I can recall enjoying his earlier movie, The House of Games.
***SPOILERS*** There are no gratuitous shootouts, no car chases, no visits to strip clubs, no explosions, no lovemaking scenes, no gadgets ... -- most 13-year-olds would find this movie boring.
Other reviewers complain about plotholes.
For example, how did the bad guys know what the book looked like so that they could replace it with a replica -- the fact that they know what the book looks like is the clue that the originator of the con knows this detail. Duh!
The encounter that Ross has with Dell in the car showroom is the only "mcguffin" I spotted.
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