• 15
  • David Mamet (2001)
  • US / Can
  • 104 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

After the lightweight Hollywood satire of State and Main, writer/director David Mamet cranked up the suspense with his crack at a genre picture: the one-last-job tale. Gene Hackman plays the boat-building master thief planning retirement with moll Rebecca Pidgeon while his method of escape waits in the harbour. Typically, caper organiser Danny DeVito foists nervy nephew Sam Rockwell on Hackman's regular crew and the seemingly infinite double-crosses start rolling from there. As ever, Mamet's overcooked dialogue crackles, especially when delivered by Hackman, DeVito and fellow thief Delroy Lindo, and his eye for plot detail is acute. If there is a weak link in this otherwise gripping, intelligent and patient tale, it's the climactic shoot-out where a more skilful action director than Mamet was required. Prime stuff, if easier to second guess than the superior Spanish Prisoner.

Plot Summary

Crime drama starring Gene Hackman and Danny DeVito. Joe Moore is a veteran thief forced into one last job before retirement: lifting gold bullion from a Swiss cargo plane. However, his operation is compromised by an addition to his usual crew - the inexperienced nephew of the job's organiser - who spells trouble from the start.

Cast and crew


Joe Moore
Gene Hackman
Mickey Bergman
Danny DeVito
Bobby Blane
Delroy Lindo
Jimmy Silk
Sam Rockwell
Rebecca Pidgeon
Don "Pinky" Pincus
Ricky Jay
Betty Croft
Patti LuPone
DA Freccia
Jim Frangione


David Mamet

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Warner Bros
Violence, swearing.
Available on video and DVD
Released 23 Nov 2001
Certificate 15