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The Forger (2014)

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A thief works with his father and son to forge a painting by Monet and steal the original. Together, they plan the heist of their lives.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Travolta ... Raymond J. Cutter
Christopher Plummer ... Joseph Cutter
Tye Sheridan ... Will Cutter
Abigail Spencer ... Agent Paisley
Anson Mount ... Keegan
Marcus Thomas ... Carl
Jennifer Ehle ... Kim
Travis Aaron Wade ... Detective Devlin
Lyndon Smith ... Melanie
Julio Oscar Mechoso ... Raul Carlos
Sean Malone Sean Malone ... Finn
Owen Burke ... Collin
Steve Sweeney Steve Sweeney ... Ivan
Bryan Veronneau ... Rodney
Christy Scott Cashman ... Dr. Wallace
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Storyline

The world's best art forger (John Travolta) makes a deal with a crime syndicate to get an early release from prison, but in return he must pull off an impossible heist - he must forge a painting by Claude Monet, steal the original from a museum, and replace it with a replica so perfect that no one will notice. He enlists the help of his father (Christopher Plummer) and son (Tye Sheridan) and together they plan the heist of their lives! Written by Lionsgate

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Taglines:

It's never too late for one last heist.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

24 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A hamisító See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

(DVD)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

John Travola traveled to Hong Kong to study oil painting in order to prepare for his role in this film. See more »

Goofs

When Ray and Will meet in Will's bedroom the boom mic shadow is visible two times. First, on the wall above the guys when they were talking, and then the shadows are above the door when Ray is leaving the room,. See more »

Quotes

Will Cutter: I just never see you guys hug, or say you love each other.
Joseph Cutter: Yeah, well I don't do that. But he knows.
Will Cutter: You sure?
Joseph Cutter: I didn't tell your grandmother either. But she knew. Why? Because words don't mean shit in this world, Will. It's what a person does for you that counts.
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Referenced in The Queen Latifah Show: John Travolta/Alicia Keys (2013) See more »

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Travolta bio? / hidden messages?

Was Travolta "Going Clear" himself, in code, "Forging" a film, outing himself, and Scientology? This was curiously and quietly released on the heels of the HBO Scientology doc "Going Clear".

This is not so much a review but an observation. For those who saw this, I found it interesting that his character is trying to save his teen son, like in real life. He has an estranged wife on pills who curiously looks like Kelly Preston. Was Travolta's prison sentence represent the "prison" of Scientology? In this film Travolta's slick handlers beat him despite that he delivered the goods (a lifelike Scientology rumor). There is also a hint at Travolta's alleged homosexual lifestyle - scene where Travolta leaves a men's bathroom, the son asks "you followed that guy in the bathroom, why" (the choice of words is curious, Travolta, the actor could have easily revised this, but didn't, the words plant a seed). Also when he is setting up his handlers to fall, he states to a detective "I can't snitch, let this play out". Travolta himself stays honorable to his institution. Hmmmm? All I could see was a Travolta bio here hidden in plain sight. Movies are well known to wear disguises, that what makes them fun or re-watchable.

Despite the bad reviews this film is very engaging, and Travolta's best performance in some time. Perhaps it (intentionally) hit close to home. So did he "forge" a heist film, which was a drama, in an attempt to free himself? Just a thought.

Brief Review part - Plot wise this is ridiculous that Travolta has to repay is debt by not only creating an art forgery worth millions, BUT ALSO coordinate the elaborate heist with his family. That's a tall order even superheroes wouldn't task! But the film is not about the heist, rather family. Christopher Plummer is great as his father. Well directed and paced. Not sure why this got trashed.


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