In heist flicks, what is being stolen never matters as much as the style with which the deed – not to mention subsequent double, triple, and quadruple-reverse crosses – is done. Writer-director David Mamet understands this perfectly and has crafted a very entertaining, very macho thriller. Much has been made of his hepcat slang – e.g., ”I want you to be as quiet as an ant not even thinking about p – -ing on cotton” – but it’s Hackman as the dodgy codger ahead-of-‘em-all that provides real pleasure. Remind us again: Why didn’t he get an Oscar nomination this year?
Genre: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; Starring: Danny DeVito, Gene Hackman, Delroy Lindo, Patti LuPone, Rebecca Pidgeon, Sam Rockwell; Director: David Mamet; Author: David Mamet; Release Date Wide: 11/09/2001; Runtime (in minutes): 111; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Warner Bros.
Posted March 15 2002 — 12:00 AM EST
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