City of Ghosts

Synopsis: A con man flees to Southeast Asia when an international scam he was involved in goes sour. Suspecting he's been double-crossed by his long-time mentor, he sets off to Cambodia for his promised cut. What he finds there is a mysterious and hostile environment where even the most polished criminal can end up on deadly ground.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Matt Dillon
Production: MGM Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
116 min

Hurricane Gabriel...

continues to pound

the eastern seaboard.

It has now been upgraded

to a category 4 hurricane.

Forecasters are predicting...

major damage

and severe flooding...

which we are already seeing

in many parts...

Later, we go live...

to a tense scene

some 300 miles north...

where evacuees battle...

to stock up on food and water.

But first, the latest...

...for desperately needed

medical aid.

-City Of Ghosts-

Here at Gibraltar Point...

we have reports

of entire communities...

being leveled.

Gusts as strong as

150 miles per hour...

strong enough to level homes.

Scores of residents

have heeded the call...

and have been

pouring into the shelter...

here at Gibraltar Point

all night.

The big concern for them is...

will they have a home

to return to?

I don't know

what to expect to find...

when I get back there...

but I'm sure we'll be talking

with the insurance company.

Well, we do have insurance,

thank God.

I expect it'll take time...

but, you know, eventually,

we'll have our house back.

We've got insurance, so...

The governor

of North Carolina...

has declared a state

of emergency in several...

Jimmy, we've got a real

mess on our hands.

I've been trying

to contact Mr. Nagel.

Jimmy Cremmins?

Yeah, I am.

What's going on here?

I'm Agent Burden

with the F.B.I.

This is Agent Philips.

Can we have a word with you?


Who's supposed

to be in charge...

of business operations?

Mr. Nagel.

Do you have any idea

where we might find him?

He was based overseas.

He called nearly every day.

I just never--

I never met him in person.

We'll need you

to come down to the office...

to answer a few more questions.

Let's go over it one more time.

I answered an ad...

in "The Tribune."

Capable Trust was looking

to fill some positions for...

North American

headquarters, and...

Well, they hired the right guy.

You're a hell

of a salesman, Jimmy.

Were there any other

offshore accounts...

besides the ones in

Zurich and the Caymans?

No. Not to my knowledge.

So they were the accounts you

would draw from to pay claims.


It's gonna be tough

to pay those claims, Jimmy.

Those accounts are empty.

It's not your fault,

of course...

but it is a shame.

All those innocent people

lost their homes.

And you have no idea...

where we can find

this Mr. Nagel?

Don't you want

to help us, Jimmy?

What do you think?

Of course I do.

Mr. Nagel--

the name keeps coming up.

He wasn't lying.

I ran a check.

There was an ad in "The Tribune"

classified section...

Iast September.

What do you think?

It's a sophisticated

Ponzi scheme...

Iike that outfit operating

out of Belgium last year...

selling disaster insurance...

with no intention

of paying any claims.

I bet the farm this guy

is connected somehow.

We just got to keep on digging.

Collect call

from United States...

from Jimmy.

I accept. Jimmy, it's Kaspar.


I need to talk to him now.

He's unreachable.

He's not in Bangkok.

He's not in town.

He's not in Ba...

Well, where is he?

Cambodia. That's all I know.

But he's supposed to call in.

Perhaps I can help.



we ran a check on you.

You came up clean.

We're sorry you had

to go through all this...

but a lot of people

got swindled.

Even you were misled,

so it seems.

This investigation

is just now getting underway.

And we're gonna need

your cooperation down the road.


what's gonna happen

to the people...

who lost their homes?

That'll be up to

the State Liquidation Bureau.

There'll be some kind

of compensation, I imagine...

but nothing like

those policies promised.

And what about this Mr. Nagel?

Any luck with him?

I'm afraid

Mr. Nagel never existed.

But when we pinpoint

who it is...

that was fronting

that operation--

and we do believe

it's someone from your office--

we'll get Mr. Nagel.

It's just a matter of time.


we would appreciate it

if you'd stick around town...

till this thing's resolved.

Anything I can do to help.


One more thing.

We'd like it if you'd

turn over your passport...

for the time being.

Of course,

you're under no obligation.

My passport?

That's right.

Won't be needing it...

unless you're planning

on leaving the country.

No, of course not.

Well, good luck

with the investigation.

Jimmy, welcome.

It's been a long time.

Did you get my message?

Yeah. Sure. No trouble at all.

Have you been paid

any money yet?

Neither have I.

I'm gonna level with you.

I think Marvin

has got himself...

into a bit of a jam.

With who?

With Nevesky and the Russians

back in New York.

You didn't know?

They were our partners.

Now they're looking for him.

What's he doing in Cambodia?


I don't know much about it.


There's someone

I want you to meet.

Rocky, come here.

Rocky, this is Jimmy.

Jimmy, this is Rocky.

She's wonderful, isn't she?


We talked about that.

We're engaged to be married.


She's a bit of a diamond...

in the raw, you know.

I'll make a lady out of her.

You should go up to Chiang Mai.

It's fantastic up there:

bucolic scenery,

cheap guesthouses.

I'm not going up to Chiang Mai.

I'm here to see Marvin.

Well, he won't be expecting you.


It'll be a surprise.

He'll be glad to see me.

It's been a while.

Well, there's 2 morning flights.

If we don't talk

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Matt Dillon

Matthew Raymond Dillon (born February 18, 1964) is an American actor and film director. He made his feature film debut in Over the Edge (1979) and established himself as a teen idol by starring in the films My Bodyguard (1980), Little Darlings (1980), Tex (1982), Rumble Fish (1983), The Outsiders (1983) and The Flamingo Kid (1984). From the late 1980s onward, Dillon achieved further success, starring in Drugstore Cowboy (1989), Singles (1992), The Saint of Fort Washington (1993), To Die For (1995), Beautiful Girls (1996), In & Out (1997), There's Something About Mary (1998), and Wild Things (1998). In a 1991 article, famed movie critic Roger Ebert referred to him as the best actor within his age group, along with Sean Penn.In the 2000s, he made his directing debut with City of Ghosts (2002) and went on to star in the films Factotum (2005), You, Me and Dupree (2006), Nothing but the Truth (2008), Sunlight Jr. (2013) and Going in Style (2017). For Crash (2004), he won an Independent Spirit Award and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He had earlier been nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for narrating Jack Kerouac's On the Road. In 2015, he has starred in the first season of the FOX television series Wayward Pines, for which he was nominated for a Saturn Award. more…

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