Inside Man

Synopsis: 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. Detective Frazier is assigned to negotiate, but half his mind is occupied with the corruption charges he is facing. The bank's president has something to protect in a safe deposit box, so he brings in Madeleine White, a high-power broker with a hidden agenda. 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, if they are so competent and they know they won't get one? Why aren't they in more of a hurry? If the job's perfect, why is the thieves' leader in a cell?
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Spike Lee
Production: Universal Pictures
  6 wins & 11 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
129 min

- Then, you know, I'll make First Grade

and we'll have enough money

to buy a bigger place and then, you know...

Why we got to have this conversation

every time your brother gets locked up

- or gets caught stealing a car?

- He's the only family I've got.

All right, I'm sorry, baby. You okay?

- You still love me?

- I'm sorry, too.

- You still love me?

- I love you, baby.

All right. Big Willie and the twins for you

when I get home.

- I got the handcuffs.

- I got the gun.

Bye, Big Daddy.

- Big Willie and the twins, huh?

- That's correct.

Her lowlife brother, he's got three priors,

one for armed robbery.

Doesn't have an honest bone in his body

and he's too fucking stupid

to amount to anything. Even as a criminal.

- Can't you get rid of him?

- I could, couldn't I?

No, she loves him. What am I gonna do?

Put him out in the street?

- How's he feel about you?

- Oh, he's thrilled.

To have a detective

sleeping in the next room,

banging his sister.

Then she tries to bring it all back on me.

You know, "If we had a bigger place,

we wouldn't have this problem. "

Of course, if we got married

then things would be different.

- And what's wrong with that?

- A wedding. Furniture. Kids.

You know what a diamond ring costs?

- Come on, man. You've been married.

- Please. I was 21.

- Yeah, but you give her a ring?

- Yeah, but she won't call me back.

- You guys cops?

- Oh, shit! He made us!

Christmas came early for you this year.

Bank robbery. Hostage situation.

- What?

- Grossman's on vacation. You're up.

What about the Madrugada thing?

The cheque-cashing thing?

- I thought I was in the doghouse.

- I just threw you a bone.

As far as I'm concerned, you still work here,

- but if you don't think you're ready...

- No, no, he's ready!

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Russell Gewirtz

Russell Gewirtz (born 1967 in Great Neck, New York) is an American screenwriter, best known for writing the screenplay for Spike Lee's Inside Man. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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