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Criminal (2004)

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Release Date
 USA: Sep 10, 2004
 UK: 18 Feb 2005
DVD Release Date
 R1: Apr 12, 2005
BoxOffice: $0.7M

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MPAA Rating
Rated R for language.

Running Time
1 hour, 27 minutes

Country USA

Studio Warner Independent

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Genre: Crime, Drama, Comedy, Scams And Cons, Capers, Suspense, Police

Tagline: Ever get the feeling you're being played?

Plot: Richard Gaddis (John C. Reilly) is a Los Angeles con man in search of a new partner. Enter Rodrigo (Diego Luna), a young grifter pulling minor scams in a casino. When Rodrigo is caught by a savvy waitress who senses his scheme, Richard steps in, posing as an undercover cop, and escorts him out. Much to Rodrigo's surprise, Richard asks him to be his partner-in-crime. Over the next 48 hours, their skills are put to the test as Richard is given a potentially lucrative chance to deliver a counterfeit bank note to a wealthy guest (Peter Mullan) at the hotel where his sister, Valerie (Maggie Gyllenhaal), is the concierge. But is he trustworthy, or is Rodrigo just another one of his unwitting marks?

This tricky debut from director Gregory Jacobs is a remake of the 2002 Argentinean film NINE QUEENS. Pulling off the difficult stunt of making the audience gleefully root for a pair of criminals, the script is tight and surprising, making it genuinely difficult to determine who is conning whom in a story in which everyone seems to be on the make. The always-impressive Reilly takes on a lead role with the bravado one would expect after a string of brilliant supporting turns.

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 Directed by
Gregory Jacobs
Wind Chill, Solaris, Full Frontal
 Written by
Gregory Jacobs
Solaris, Full Frontal, Bubble
John C. Reilly
Gangs of New York, Chicago, The Aviator
Diego Luna
The Terminal, And Your Mother Too, Open Range
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Donnie Darko, Adaptation., Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
Peter Mullan
Trainspotting, Shallow Grave, Session 9
Jonathan Tucker
Sleepers, The Virgin Suicides, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Deborah Van Valkenburgh
The Warriors, Streets of Fire, Firestarter 2: Rekindled
Maeve Quinlan
Ken Park, Heart of America, The Florentine
 Music By
Alex Wurman
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, The Emperor's Journey


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