Synopsis: Curator Harry Deane is an expert in fine art, but he's equally accomplished in taking abuse from his insolent boss. That's about to change. The plan - trick the avid art collector into buying a fake Monet painting. To assist in the heist, Deane hires a rowdy Texas cowgirl to help him fool the richest man in England. But as the plan begins to unravel, Deane finds he is falling in love with the rodeo queen, ensuing further complications.
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Director(s): Michael Hoffman
Production: CBS Films
Rotten Tomatoes:
89 min

for 11 million.

His ownership of the one has merely

whet his appetite for the other.

For years now, Shabandar

has been seeking Haystacks, Dusk

with a passion

bordering on monomania.

When he saw that photograph,

Shabandar conducted his own

investigation into your family history.

Best to let the fish

work the hook in himself, eh, Major?

Much the best, Mr Deane.

He will want to negotiate

the price with you.

You must stick at 12 million.


He'll pay it,

no matter how much he protests.

Be firm. Be polite, but firm.

He will try to charm you.

He will try to impress you.

- Ms Puznowski!

- He will try to...

An honour! Welcome, welcome.

Painting in the gallery, men.

I knew a Koznowski once,

charming man, no relation I suppose.

Baron Koznowski. Quite the equestrian.

Man had horse blood in his veins.

This way, please.

Right, let's take a look, shall we?

Mere formality, of course.

Oh, yes.


What do you think, Deane?

- Yes, I'll need a few moments, sir.

- Oh, yes. Quite.

You may not realise it,

Ms Puznowski,

but Harry Deane knows Monet

like I know...

Actually, I don't know anything

quite like that.

The artist has used a light ground

true to Monet's habit.

The palette is very limited,

no blacks or browns.

Cerulean blue and cadmium yellow

to achieve his broken colour.

And unlike the heartbreaking fraud

perpetrated on the Austrians,

the signature is correct.

It is Monet and it is very fine indeed.

And that, Mr Deane,

is good enough for me.

Shall we discuss terms?

System armed.

System armed.

Hello, kitty.

Your wages.

500,000 and your ticket home.

First class, of course.

No, no, no. No, no, no.

Please, do not thank us.

It is the Major and I who should be

thanking you for the self-possession,

the good humour and the lan with which

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Joel Coen

Joel Coen was born on November 29, 1954 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Joel Daniel Coen. He is a producer and writer, known for No Country for Old Men (2007), The Big Lebowski (1998) and Fargo (1996). He has been married to Frances McDormand since April 1, 1984. They have one child. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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