Joe Moore (Gene Hackman) has a beautiful young wife, money owed to him, and a job he loves. He's a thief. His job goes sour when he gets caught on a security camera tape. His fence, Bergman (Danny DeVito) reneges on the money he's owed, and his wife (Rebecca Pidgeon) may be betraying him with the fence's young lieutenant (Sam Rockwell). Moore and his partner, Bobby Blane (Delroy Lindo) and their utility man, Pinky Pincus (Ricky Jay) find themselves broke, betrayed, and blackmailed. Moore is forced to commit his crew to do Bergamans one last Big Job. Will Bermanshop Moore to the police? Will Moore's wife trade him in for a younger model? Will Blane and Pincus cut their losses and get out? Who is to be believed, who is to be betrayed? Won't someone who's lied once lie again? Who's going to walk away smiling, and who's not going to walk at all? Director David Marnet brings you this smart , masterfully-minded heist, full of action and suspense guaranteed to grab your attention.
Nice storyline but too complex for its own good
- Heist review by AB
I liked this film but my major complaint is that it is as complex and full of twists as a Mission Impossible episode, which spoiled it a bit as you are thinking that the major players could not have possibly allowed for everything and yet ... Even at the end I was left wondering how various bits of the film fitted in to the whole storyline ... eg the truck that picked up the girl on the highway - what was so significant about the number plate? and what happened there ? and why?
Fairly old film now, and bit slow by modern standards, but is pretty solid lump. Pretty continuous progression with no stupid gaffs or breaks. Gene is a bit like Walter in Charley Varrick, getting old, but lots of cunning learnt along the way..............tiny bit quicker, with some stronger younger co-stars and be a 4.
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