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Year
1987
Runtime
102 min.
Director
David Mamet
Genres
Crime, Thriller, Mystery
Rating *
7.3
Votes *
11,264
Checks
2,571
Favs
178
Dislikes
34
Favs/checks
6.9% (1:14)
Favs/dislikes
5:1
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  1. BadFluffy's avatar

    BadFluffy

    Great story about human weaknesses. Now the problem with Mamet dialogue is you have to be a special kind of actor to make it sound real. Everyone in the movie is right on the money but the female lead. With a lesser story, the wheels would come off the wagon completely because of her terrible acting but in the movie, she's forgettable. 6 years 11 months ago
  2. MM's avatar

    MM

    Brilliant film, very tense and tight thriller with pacy dialogue and great cinematography. 7 years 10 months ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Mamet's directorial debut, starring the wonderful Joe Mantegna and Mamet's first wife, Lindsay Crouse. It's the story of a psychologist who gets interested in the world of con men and gets taken for a ride herself. An 80s film noir thriller that is actually very fresh and difficult to get ahead of. Crouse is a major distraction, in my opinion. I can see the reasoning behind a female character who is "plain" to the point of being "mannish", but she exudes a kind of anti-charisma and has a robotic delivery I find off-putting. Still, good flick. 2 years 5 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #40 in 500 Essential Cult Movies
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  3. This movie ranks #88 in Roger Ebert: the great movies
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  4. This movie ranks #404 in The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made
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  5. This movie ranks #422 in The Criterion Collection
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  6. This movie ranks #435 in TSPDT 1000 Noir Films
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