John Frankenheimer (2000)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This entertaining thriller benefits greatly from a few fun plot twists and a colourful cast. Ben Affleck plays an ex-con who assumes the identity of his dead cellmate in order to hook up with the guy's gorgeous pen-pal girlfriend (Charlize Theron). They share a few passionate moments before her nasty brother, sleazy Gary Sinise, coerces Affleck into robbing a casino. Sinise plays his role with just the right touch of menace and humour, but John Frankenheimer's workmanlike direction ultimately robs this promising movie of any distinctive personality, and the end result is merely good rather than brilliant.


Convict Rudy learns his cellmate has a girlfriend on the outside who he has only ever communicated with by letter. When the romantic inmate is killed in a riot and Rudy is paroled, he decides to track this woman down and assume the dead man's identity. However, his deception draws him into a casino robbery being orchestrated by her crazed brother. Thriller, starring Ben Affleck, Charlize Theron and Gary Sinise.

Cast & Crew

Rudy Duncan Ben Affleck
Ashley Charlize Theron
Gabriel Gary Sinise
Merlin Clarence Williams III
Jack Bangs Dennis Farina
Nick James Frain
Pug Donal Logue
Jumpy Danny Trejo
Zook Isaac Hayes
Alamo Dana Stubblefield
College kid Ashton Kutcher
Prisoner Ron Jeremy
Director John Frankenheimer
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaGuidance: Violence, swearing, sex scenes.Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 23 Jun 2000