James Foley (2002)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Straying into David Mamet House of Games territory, this twisting thriller from director James Foley is enjoyable without ever being completely compelling. Grifter Jake Vig (Edward Burns) is co-opted by an eccentric crime boss (Dustin Hoffman) into scamming a banker through a complex scheme involving corporate loans, wire transfers and offshore accounts. There's loads to like: Burns gives his most appealing turn to date and the whole thing is packaged as a stylish film noir. But what makes this merely good rather than great is its inability to make the characters come off as real human beings and not just ciphers designed to ignite plot fireworks. A pity, as the cast is a fine one.


A small-time conman and his crew pull off a major swindle, but their victim turns out to be an accountant for a crime kingpin. Unable to return the money, the crook agrees to run an elaborate fraud to repay the debt - and net $5million into the bargain. Thriller, starring Edward Burns, Dustin Hoffman, Rachel Weisz, Andy Garcia and Paul Giamatti.

Cast & Crew

Jake Vig Edward Burns
Lily Rachel Weisz
Gunther Butan Andy Garcia
Winston King Dustin Hoffman
Gordo Paul Giamatti
Whitworth Donal Logue
Omar Manzano Luis Guzman
Miles Brian Van Holt
Lupus Franky G
Travis Morris Chestnut
Morgan Price Robert Forster
Harlin Tom "Tiny" Lister Jr
Director James Foley
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Momentum PicturesGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes and nudity.Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 22 Aug 2003