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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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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 Andr├ęs G├│mez 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 unclich├ęd 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.