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Roman Citizen (2015)

Two robbers take thirty people hostage in a bank. When the police break in, the robbers have disappeared and a man is dead. What really happened?


Luca Elmi


Luca Elmi (story), Luca Elmi
9 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
Laurel Casillo Laurel Casillo ... Alice Calloway
Sheilagh Weymouth ... Lt. Elàn Gallagher
Carl David VanArsdale Carl David VanArsdale ... Det. Yas Barrow (as David van Arsdale)
Joshua Loren ... Jack Cornell (as Josh Kroll)
Lauren Argo Lauren Argo ... Emma Dows
Abi Van Andel ... Megan Kettley
Jennifer Feldpausch Jennifer Feldpausch ... Judy Oppenheimer
Herschel Zahnd Herschel Zahnd ... Jason Platt
Mike Seely ... Jacob Wincott
Keith McGill ... Mike Vitali
Clara Harris ... Emily Vance
David Meyers David Meyers ... Noah Werner
Tim Gooch ... Lt. Howard
Michael Legg Michael Legg ... Michael
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kathlene Ashcraft ... Bank Customer


Two robbers take thirty people hostage in a bank. When the police break in, the robbers have disappeared and a man is dead. What really happened?

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USA | Italy



Release Date:

17 February 2015 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Louisville, Kentucky, USA

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Roman Citizen started as a short film. After the shoot was finished, a 40 minute version was edited and released in the festival circuit. During this time, the film was picked up by Italian distributor Recalcati Multimedia. To better sell the film, it was decided it should become a TV film and a pilot for a series. One year after completion of principal photography, writer/director Luca Elmi got together with producers Curry and Ingram and actors Laurel Casillo, Abi Van Andel and Lauren Argo. Actor Michael Legg was hired and a new chapter was added at the end of the original film. The new film, with a running time of 52 minutes was then put on the market with the title Roman Citizen - the TV Pilot. See more »


References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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You've gotta see this one....
6 December 2015 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is perhaps the best of the short films and is one that keeps the audience guessing. It begins with a vicious bank robbery where the guard is gunned down in front of the customers and bank employees. As to the robbery, it's meticulously handled by thugs wearing masks and they seem to have rehearsed this caper repeatedly. However, when the police investigate, there appears to be far more to the story than meets the eye and perhaps the robbery was just a diversion for something else. The script for this film is terrific and offered some very nice twists. It's not just another robbery picture, that's for sure! Additionally, Elmi's direction is superb and keeps the picture taut and terrifying. Exceptional in every regard and I wouldn't be surprised to see this nominated for an Oscar for Best Short...it's that good.

By the way, this picture was made in Louisville, Kentucky and Milan, Italy...an unusual choice of locales, I must say.

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