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FULL SYNOPSIS

Writer-director David Mamet crafted this unusual, Hitchcockian thriller in which no one is who they appear to be. Campbell Scott is Joe Ross, who has just created a "process" that stands to make his company and his boss, Klein (Ben Gazzara), millions of dollars. At a clandestine meeting in the Caribbean, Ross discusses the details of the process with company executives. There, purely by chance, or so he believes, he meets the wealthy, enigmatic Jimmy Dell (Steve Martin), and the two strike up an unusual friendship. Dell informs Ross that he's naïve to believe that his company will fairly compensate him for his valuable work. Upon returning home, Ross becomes paranoid that Dell is right, and he takes steps to protect his invention, becoming unsure if he can trust Klein or even his own love-struck assistant (Rebecca Pidgeon). When Ross discovers that Dell has lied to him about his identity, he contacts the FBI -- he then finds himself set up as a murder suspect who learns, almost too late, to trust no one. The title of the film refers not to any of the characters but to a classic con artist's scam. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:September 8, 1997

Awards

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Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards David Mamet Best Screenplay 1998 Nominee

Crew

David Mamet
Director
Jean Doumanian
Producer
David Mamet
Screenwriter
Gabriel Beristain
Cinematographer
Carter Burwell
Composer (Music Score)
Barbara Tulliver
Editor
Sarah Green
Co-producer
J.E. Beaucaire
Executive Producer
Letty Aronson
Executive Producer
Susan Lyall
Costume Designer
Cas Donovan
First Assistant Director
Billy Hopkins
Casting
Kerry Barden
Casting
Lynn Bernay
Costume/Wardrobe
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