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Inside Man

Inside Man

Spike Lee (2006)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Director Spike Lee returns to form after the ill-conceived She Hate Me with this smart and emotionally complex thriller. One of his strongest films in recent years, it combines a slick heist movie with a subtle exploration of post 9/11 society. Denzel Washington is sharply charismatic as a police hostage negotiator called in after Clive Owen's criminal crew lays siege to a Manhattan bank. What begins as a routine scenario suddenly becomes a powder keg of corruption and intrigue, as a shady power broker (Jodie Foster) arrives to cut an independent deal with the robbers on behalf of the bank's chairman. The subsequent cat-and-mouse game has the character-driven punch of Dog Day Afternoon, but with a dynamic visual and structural style that intensifies the twisting drama. Lee handles the material shrewdly, balancing tension with dark humour. However, it's his succinct commentary on racial prejudice and preconceptions that gives this sophisticated picture its distinctive edge.


A police hostage negotiator is called in when a robbery turns into a siege. The chairman of the bank involved is worried the mastermind behind the heist is set to disclose secrets he needs to stay hidden, so he enlists the help of a political fixer. However, the elaborate nature of the thief's plan looks set to keep him one step ahead of the law, and causes problems for the detective assigned to rectify the situation. Spike Lee's thriller, with Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Christopher Plummer, Willem Dafoe and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Cast & Crew

Detective Keith Frazier Denzel Washington
Dalton Russell Clive Owen
Madeleine White Jodie Foster
Captain John Darius Willem Dafoe
Detective Bill Mitchell Chiwetel Ejiofor
Arthur Case Christopher Plummer
Steve Carlos Andres Gomez
Stevie Kim Director
Steve-O James Ransone
Chaim Bernard Rachelle
Captain Coughlin Peter Gerety
Sergeant Collins Vincent Colicchio
Sylvia Cassandra Freeman
Wing Ken Leung
Mobile command officer Rourke Daryl Mitchell
Ilina Florina Petcu
Nancy Mann Samantha Ivers
Director Spike Lee
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: UIP Guidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 24 Mar 2006


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