Written & Directed by: David Mamet
Starring: Gene Hackman, Danny DeVito, Delroy Lindo, Sam Rockwell, Rebecca Pidgeon
- Theatrical trailer
- Cast & crew filmographies
Released by: Warner Brothers
My Advice: Rent it. For now.
Joe Moore (Hackman) is a career thief who just wants to take his winnings and sail away with his lovely young wife, Fran (Pidgeon), on his lovely boat. Especially because in his most recent job, his identity was compromised and he’s vulnerable. However, when his business associate, Bergman (DeVito) decides to stiff Moore and his crew, the only road to retirement seems to be to pull one last job with Bergman’s nephew, Jimmy Silk (Rockwell), looking over his shoulder (and straight at his lovely young wife).
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The cast works together like a well-oiled machine. I was especially impressed with Hackman’s performance–the last film I saw him in was The Royal Tenenbaums, and the sheer difference in performance between that flick and this one just reminded me how incredibly talented and versatile he is. DeVito pulls off a wonderful straight villain, and Rebecca Pidgeon’s cool, aloof Fran makes you wonder what she’s really thinking throughout the film. I also really enjoyed Ricky Jay‘s performance as Don “Pinky” Pincus–it was a brilliant mix of a really nice guy who yet doesn’t screw around about his job.
The DVD itself didn’t have much going for it other than the film, but hey it’s Warners, so no surprises there. There was a “cast & crew” section with very edited filmographies, but it didn’t have information on everyone that it listed. Sam Rockwell’s been around–it’s not like he doesn’t have film credits worth mentioning. Not sure what’s up with that. The trailer on it was a good one, but that’s the only other thing on the disc.
So for my recommendation: I really enjoyed this film, but until there’s a DVD out with better features, this one is just a rental.