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Matchstick Men
- Nicolas Cage

Overview - Roy Waller (Nicolas Cage) is a con man who has had to overcome enormous problems with obsessive-compulsive disorder in order to stay on top of his game. His partner in crime, Frank Mercer (Sam Rockwell), helps him run a daily business conning housewives out of their money with telephone scams.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Roy Waller (Nicolas Cage) is a con man who has had to overcome enormous problems with obsessive-compulsive disorder in order to stay on top of his game. His partner in crime, Frank Mercer (Sam Rockwell), helps him run a daily business conning housewives out of their money with telephone scams. Frank is frustrated with their small-fry clientele however, and urges Roy to look for bigger business ventures. Roy resists Frank's urges, and instead leads a bizarre existence in which he is completely dominated by his compulsions to clean, eat canned tuna every night, and open his front door three times before he can walk through it. His world is turned upside down, however, when he starts seeing a shrink who helps Roy to get in touch with his missing 14-year-old daughter, Angela (Alison Lohman). Angela soon becomes embroiled in Roy and Frank's scams, pushing Roy to take on a grandiose scheme that could give them financial security for the rest of their lives. Directed by Ridley Scott, this fast-paced crime drama takes several twists and turns as it works its way towards a surprising conclusion. Cage is perfectly cast as the con artist beset by neuroses and family problems, and has an excellent foil in the younger, more abrasive Rockwell. Weaving a tale of trust, family, friendship and deceit, director Scott utilizes the talents of his actors to delve into complex themes, resulting in a breathtaking film in which nothing can be taken for granted.

Cast List

Ted Griffin - Screenwriter
Nicolas Cage - American Actor
Nicholas Coppola - American Actor
Nicolas Coppola - American Actor
Bruce McGill - Star, BEHIND ENEMY LINES II: AXIS OF EVIL (2006)
Jack Rapke - Producer, WHAT LIES BENEATH, CAST AWAY
Hans Zimmer - Composer
Sam Rockwell - Actor, CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND
Alison Lohman - American actress, WHITE OLEANDER
Eric Garcia - Source Writer, MATCHSTICK MEN (2003)
Robert Zemeckis - American director/screenwriter
Nicholas Griffin - Screenwriter, MATCHSTICK MEN (2003)
John Mathieson - Director of Photography
Sean Bailey - Producer
Bruce Altman - Actor
Ridley Scott - British Director/Producer, ALIEN (1979), BLADE RUNNER (1982)
Steve Starkey - American Producer/ FORREST GUMP, CAST AWAY

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 116
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 883929085125
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
  • Release Date: September 2009

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Scams And Cons
Deception
Theatrical Release
Family (General)
Crime
Criminals
Money

 
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Theatrical Release Date: September 12, 2003

Reviews:
"...Cage's energized participation and Lohman's striking charisma are welcome additives..." - 09/19/2003 Entertainment Weekly, p.62-3


"...Ms. Lohman shows the same pitch-perfect balance of guilelessness and coquetry she brought to WHITE OLEANDER..." - 09/12/2003 New York Times, p.E12


"...MATCHSTICK MEN is a well-acted and intriguing exploration of dishonesty in its varied forms, leavened with a dry comic touch..." - 09/12/2003 USA Today, p.9E


"...A natural-born filmmaker, Scott has a visual style that in its balance of pointillist detail and sweeping scale can complement whatever large-scale story he's chewed off..." - 09/12/2003 Los Angeles Times, p.C14


"...What in another actor would be overacting is, with Cage, a kind of fearsome intensity. There's an Oscar nomination here for him..." - 09/12/2003 Chicago Sun-Times, p.29


"...Nicolas Cage is at the top of his game....Cage and Rockwell play off each other with devilish finesse. And Lohman is on fire..." - 10/02/2003 Rolling Stone, p.125


"...MATCHSTICK MEN finds Scott in a playful mood, and he does some of the most relaxed directing of his career..." - 11/01/2003 Movieline's Hollywood Life, p.116-18


"Ridley Scott's deft touch helps make the twist at the end both surprising and solid." - 03/01/2004 Premiere, p.94

 
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