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The investigation into a kidnapping of the daughter of a high-ranking US government official.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tia Texada ... Jackie Black
Derek Luke ... Curtis
Val Kilmer ... Scott
Jeremie Campbell ... Cadre Candidate
Bob Jennings ... Grace's Aide
Lionel Mark Smith Lionel Mark Smith ... Colonel Blane
Johnny Messner ... Grace
Chris LaCentra ... Cpl. Sattler (as Chris J. Lacentra)
Renato Magno Renato Magno ... Grossler
Mark FitzGerald Mark FitzGerald ... Training Facility Guard
Tony Mamet Tony Mamet ... Parker
Clark Gregg ... Miller
Ron Butler ... Headquarters Agent
Steven Culp ... Gaines (as Stephen Culp)
Vincent Guastaferro ... Naylor
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Storyline

In the US-government's special ops, Scott is a shooter, not a planner, doing the job without regard to quaint or obsolete convention. When a Harvard undergrad goes missing (the daughter of a US leader), it's Scott who applies the pressure, first to her boyfriend, then to a madam whose cathouse is the initial stop en route to a white slavery auction in Dubai. The abductors may not know the girl's identity, but once they figure it out, she's doomed. Deadly double crosses force Scott to become a planner. Through it all, earnest TV newscasters read the drivel they're handed. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The new thriller from David Mamet - writer/director of HEIST See more »


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English | Russian | Swedish

Release Date:

12 March 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Halastamatu See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,011,435, 14 March 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,434,432, 22 April 2004
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

It was imperative to writer-director David Mamet that this movie represent the world of military espionage as authentically as possible. To this end, he asked former Delta Force operative Eric L. Haney to serve as both the film's technical advisor and military advisor. "Eric served in Delta Force for about fifteen years from its inception, and I read his wonderful book 'Inside Delta Force' [2002]", Mamet said. "When I asked him to be an advisor, he said: "Absolutely,' to my great delight and the inestimable impact on the film". See more »

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When the red pickup pulls into the parking lot, we cut to a shot through the windshield of the driver getting out. The fuzzy dice hanging from the mirror have already stopped swinging and are hanging motionless. See more »

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Mamet strikes again (exciting and illogical as always)
31 January 2005 | by IndyrodSee all my reviews

Oh boy, where to start on this confusing convoluted thriller from ace screenwriter and director Mamet. Val Kilmer does his best to add some real spark to a story about the apparent accidental kidnapping of the President's daughter. Kilmer is a super duper special forces agent who will do anything, and I mean anything to succeed at his assignment. Accidental I say, because it turns out she was kidnapped by Middle Eastern white slave trade marketers who deals with young blonds, after a security lapse that left the President's daughter vulnerable in a sleazy Boston club. Now keep in mind, the slave traders do not know who she is, at least that's how the story goes. But wait a minute, just after we learn all of this and the evidence is pointing in that direction, a HUGE plot twist develops that puts all of that to bed. Or does it??? I'll leave the spoilers out because what I've told you is just the beginning of the movie. David Mamet is a king of twisting confusing sometimes plots, being borderline ridiculous, and this one is no exception. But Val Kilmer saves the day as he does with a lot of movies, and his performance alone is worth seeing this Mamet thriller. I'm a huge Kilmer fan and it's always a joy to see him perform, no matter how far out the role. And this IS a pretty far out role. The supporting cast includes such standouts as William Macy (one of his worst roles ever), Derek Luke as Kilmer's novice partner, cameo-like appearance by Ed O'Neill, Kristen Bell as the kidnap victim. Despite its shortcomings, I enjoyed the movie and would recommend it for thrillers that have that giant leap of logic. The ending is pretty exciting, again with logic totally turned off, but what the hell, there's a lot of action, several twists and turns and I'll take that anytime over the mindless fluff that is coming out of Hollywood lately.


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