David Mamet (2001)

15 Certificate


Our Score
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.


A veteran criminal's charmed life comes to an abrupt end when he is caught on security camera. He is blackmailed by a dealer in stolen goods, who threatens to turn him over to the police if he does not carry out a gold robbery. The thief also suspects his wife is planning to leave him for a younger crook. Thriller from writer-director David Mamet, starring Gene Hackman, Danny DeVito, Rebecca Pidgeon, Delroy Lindo, Sam Rockwell and Ricky Jay.

Cast & Crew

Joe Moore Gene Hackman
Mickey Bergman Danny DeVito
Fran Rebecca Pidgeon
Bobby Blane Delroy Lindo
Jimmy Silk Sam Rockwell
Don `Pinky' Pincus Ricky Jay
Betty Croft Patti LuPone
DA Freccia Jim Frangione
Director David Mamet
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 23 Nov 2001