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Inside Man (2006)

It looked like the perfect bank robbery. But you can't judge a crime by its cover.

Original Title : Inside Man
Director : Spike Lee
Writer : Russell Gewirtz
Genre : Crime
Drama/Thriller
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Jonathan Filley , Brian Grazer , Karen Kehela , Jon Kilik , Daniel M. Rosenberg , Kim Roth
Music : Terence Blanchard
A.R. Rahman
Photography : Matthew Libatique
Distributor : Universal Pictures
MPAA Rating : Rated R for language and some violent images.
IMDB ID : 0454848
Official site : http://movies.uip.de/insideman/
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poster for "Inside Man" by Spike Lee (2006)
Inside Man (2006) - Spike Lee
 

Starring

Denzel Washington Detective Keith Frazier
Clive Owen Dalton Russell
Jodie Foster Madeline White
Christopher Plummer Arthur Case
Willem Dafoe Captain John Darius
Chiwetel Ejiofor Detective Bill Mitchell
Carlos Andrés Gómez Steve
Kim Director Stevie
James Ransone Steve-O
Bernie Rachelle Chaim (as Bernard Rachelle
Peter Gerety Captain Coughlin
Victor Colicchio Sergeant Collins
Cassandra Freeman Sylvia
Peter Frechette Peter Hammond
Gerry Vichi Herman Gluck
Waris Ahluwalia Vikram Walia
Rafael Osorio Bank Guard
Rodney 'Bear' Jackson Bank Guard
Daryl Mitchell Mobile Command Officer Rourke (as Daryl 'Chill' Mitchell
Ashlie Atkinson Mobile Command Officer Berk
David Brown Mobile Command Officer Carnow
Robert C. Kirk Mobile Command Officer Borinsky
Frank Stellato Mobile Command Detective
Ken Leung Wing
Marcia Jean Kurtz Miriam Douglas
Ed Onipede Blunt Ray Robinson
Amir Ali Said Brian (Young Hostage
Lemon Paul Guitierez (as Lemon Andersen
Samantha Ivers Nancy Mann
Peter Kybart Mayor
Jason Manuel Olazabal ESU Officer Hernandez
Jeff Ward ESU Officer Jesus
Anthony Mangano ESU Officer
Michael Devine ESU Officer
Ed Bogdanowicz ESU Officer
Aaron Vexler ESU Officer
Anthony Borowiec ESU Officer
Joe Coots ESU Officer
Lionel Pina Cop with Pizzas
Ken Ferrigni Redheaded Detective
Frank Hopf Barricade Officer
Robert Testut Barricade Officer
Craig M. Spitzer Seth Greenblatt (as Craig Marcus Spitzer
Limary Agosto Gladys Perez (as Lily Agosto
Patrick Illig Brad Stone
Frank Composto Eric Dodge
Rozanne Sher Hostage Woman
Rachel Black Katherine (as Rachel Matthews Black
Gregory Dann Case's Bodyguard
Ben Crowley White's Assistant
Shon Gables CBS News Reporter
Dominic Carter NY1 News Anchor
Sandra Endo NY1 News Reporter
Kandiss Edmundson Madge
Al Palagonia Kevin
Florina Petcu Ilina
Agim Coma Borova
John Speredakos Officier Porcario
Baktash Zaher Zahir (as Baktash Khadem Zaher
Ernest Rayford Men's Club Attendant
Vincent DiMartino Barber (as Vincent DiMartino
Julian Niccolini Four Seasons Maitre d'
Ed Crescimanni Edwin
Brad Williams Ronnie (as Bradley Williams
Tiffany Adams Hostage
Cherise Boothe Jeanette Davis - Bank Employee
Michael Carrara Detective
Edwin Freeman ESU Officer
Carla Greene Maria Luna
Van Hughes James Curran
Matt Jade ESU Officer
Russ Klein Defense Attorney
James Donnell Quinn Hostage Irving Levine
Jamieson Rhyme Denis Lenford - Hostage
Rebecca Brillhart Four Seasons Server (uncredited
Jay Charan Teller (uncredited
Michael Den Dekker Judge Pasqua (uncredited
Rashaad Ernesto Green Matthew Jones (Hostage
Turi Haim Barricade cop (uncredited
Amanda Knox Bank Employee (uncredited
Steve Lord ESU Officer (uncredited
Heather Male Katarina Anderson (uncredited
Michal Sinnott Lori Minitte (uncredited
Philippe Vonlanthen ESU Officer (uncredited
 

Plot

From a cell, a man tells us he has planned the perfect bank robbery, he invites us to watch. An efficient gang enters a Manhattan bank, locks the doors, and takes hostages. They work deliberately, without haste. A snarky detective facing corruption charges is assigned to negotiate. The bank's president has something to protect in a safe deposit box, so he brings in a high-powered fixer. With an army of police surrounding the bank, the thief, the cop, and the plutocrat's fixer enter high-stakes negotiations. Why are the robbers asking for a plane - they know they won't get one? Why aren't they in more of a hurry? If the job's perfect, why is leader of the thieves in a cell?
 

Comments

"Pay strict attention to what I say because I choose my words carefully and I never repeat myself." -Dalton Russell, 26 March 2006 Author: Vincent_Collateral from Ottawa, Canada Inside Man - My Quick TakeInside Man is intelligent, intriguing, and extremely entertaining. Spike Lee',s latest effort is an amazing heist thriller that will keep your attention for the whole film. It',s funny, it',s clever, and it',s unpredictable. Lee',s stylish direction perfectly fits Gewirtz', dazzling screen writing debut.The cast is led by Lee',s perfect direction, as Denzel Washington and Jodie Foster both give top notch performances. Washington gives an unclichéd treatment to his hostage negotiator role, as he',s simply as cool as ever. With Foster, we',re never certain of her exact occupation, more than ever adding to the enigma of her character and performance.Clive Owen is slick and darkly intelligent as the film',s mastermind. His every move is smooth, clever, and down right innovative to the genre. Christopher Plummer and William Dafoe give hearty supporting performances as well and Chiwetel Ejiofor is simply a treat to watch as Washington',s partner.With technical aspects, the film',s editing style is creative and its cinematography is surprisingly dazzling with its execution. Both keep you in the dark atmosphere of the robbery and investigation at hand. The music is always fitting, as it always perfectly sets the tone of each scene. In addition, with Spike Lee',s style comes messages he always seems to like slipping into his films. Two examples here are quick takes on racism and violence in video games.Inside Man is guaranteed to entertain. It',s a perfect film with all questions answered and no plot holes found by its end. Gewirtz', heist screenplay is perfectly and beautifully brought to the screen. It',s a career high for both Washington and Lee. Inside Man is a must see and is the one of the best films of the year thus far.My Rating: 10/10Eliason A.