Synopsis: David Mamet takes this story of thieves along many twists and turns, some of which work and some of which don't. Gene Hackman plays the brilliant leader of a gang (Delroy Lindo, Ricky Jay & Rebecca Pigeon as Hackman's youngish wife), which pulls off complex heists for a despicable fence (Danny DeVito). After stiffing the gang on a jewelry robbery, DeVito forces the gang to go after a Swiss gold shipment and to use his nephew (Sam Rockwell) in the crime. No one trusts anyone and every step is shaded with the unexpected.
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director(s): David Mamet
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
109 min

-Keep the change.

-What are you waiting on?

-Four cappuccinos.

-Four cappuccinos. Let's go.

-There you go.


-I've got a break.

-You can't smoke in here.

Hey, buddy, you forgot your change.

-Makes the world go round.

-What's that?


Some people say love.

They're right too. It is Love.

Love of gold.

Hold on.

Thank God you're there.

There's been an explosion.

Pick up the phone and dial 911.

I'm burnt.

"18. 36. 7. Pound."

What are you doing?

Find the security tape!


Hey, thanks.

Hey, how'd it go?

Finest kind.

-Where'd you get that?

-Here you go.

-You fixed it.

-I made a new one.

-You're a pretty smart fella.

-Not that smart.

-How'd you figure it out?

-I imagined someone smarter than me.

Then I tried to think,

"What would he do?"

-That's one hell of a boat.

-Sign up, I'll build you one.

-I wanna buy that one.

-Well, that's my boat.

Come up with a down payment,

and I'll have it in 18 months.

-We're good at this conversation.

-Then close the deal.

-There you go.

-What is it?

Open it up. It's yours.

It's shaped like an arrow.

Freccia means arrow.

-So you told me.

-It looks Like gold.

-That's because I gilded it.


I wanted to sell you a boat.

Good try, though.

I want that boat.

Sell me that boat, and I'll come

down with a laundry bag of cash.

Take the money, take your little girl,

cruise down to a tropic isle.

-How will you get the cash?

-Don't be coy.

You know who I am. Sell me your boat,

you'll be under my wing.

That's my private number.

I can't do it. I'm working on

your boat. Take mine out.

Does that girl go with it?

Call me, I'll have five guys here

Monday laying out the hull.

You decide to sell me your boat...

...let's do something, huh?

-I'd have liked to build him that boat.

-Walk away from it.

Well, Lets start getting

the gear on board.

-You got the charts?

-Oh, yeah.

Why so many?

Wouldnt want somebody to look

at them and follow us.

-How'd I get so lucky?

-You're the law west of the Pecos.

Yeah, I used to be

the Law west of the Pecos.

Now I'm cashing out.

-You got your picture took.

-Is that why I'm cashing out?

If you say it, it's right.

You're the brass ring, babe.

Glad you Like me.

Off you go.

See you tonight.

Stay in the shadows.

Everyone's gonna be looking there.

-Where's the place to be?

-Place to be is in the sun.


Just gorgeous.

Nobody gets the goods Like you.

Anybody can get the goods.

The hard part's getting away.

Plan a good getaway,

you can steal Ebbets Field.

-Ebbets Field is gone.

-What'd I tell you?

My nephew, Jimmy Silk.

Yep, that's who he is.

-He don't say hello?

-He must have things on his mind.

Anything you want while you're here?

Something for that pretty lady?

-What's she see in you anyway?

-I'm resilient.

-So's Gumby.

-I got a better profile.

You're gonna leave that

down south in Argentina.

-How you doing, Bobby?

-I think you're Looking at it.

You go down south, sit in the sun.

Pull down your bathing suit,

stick your ass out at the world.

You think the worlds ready for that?

The other thing.

We got the go-ahead.

We got a firm date on the Swiss thing.

I'm burnt. They got my picture.

Of you in drag

with your war paint on.

It's a blessing.

It's time to check out.

What do we got?

-It's higher than the estimate.

-Half is yours.

We're on for the Swiss thing.

Why did he tell me that half is mine?

I know half of it's mine.

Me and my crew got it.

I went in hock

and set it up on your say-so.

Let's review. You let me

walk in there with my crew...

...and now you're stiffing me?

-If it was me--

-Yeah. I owe my crew.

I gotta get out of town,

I gotta go.

-Should have shot the girl.

-Should have been there.

This Swiss thing. If I was

a publisher, I'd publish the plans.

Why don't you?

If I was a publisher. But I'm a thief

so I have to do that thing.

Give me our cut.

We'll do the Swiss job.

You know that's bullshit.

You're going travelling.

You gonna play me for a sucker?

I give you the money and you're gone.

The job's set up, you understand?

We did the job, my partners and me.

Hey, f*** you and f*** your partners.

I'm your partner. Without me

you've got, what? Little Lambsy Divy.

-I bankroll this job on your say-so.

-I drove here, I didn't take the bus.

-F*** you, go back to prison.

-What'd I tell you?

I don't think so.

-Guess again.

-You stay the f*** down.

Want to play Elk Corral?

Wanna dress up and play?

Is that the thing?

Is that it?

Give me that f***ing bag!

Your weight and your fate right here.

Your weight and your fate right here.

-Bag's empty, Bobby.


The bag is empty.

Put the bag down, it's empty.

Want me to pull up a chair

while you rape me?

If you'd pause in your

headstrong progress--

Joe, I'm in hock for all the toys.

All the toys you said go out

and buy. Two trucks, the plane.

-You said spend the money.

-What do you want?

I want you to do the other thing.

You screwed me.

Now my face is on a cereal box.

You got no money!

You're burnt and busted.

What the f*** does it take

to get you to do the other thing?

Excuse me, Mr. Bergman

asked you a question.

Excuse me,

my uncle asked you a question.

-F*** your uncle.

-F*** my uncle? You're the help.

Yeah, I'm the help, motherf***er.

Why'd the chicken cross the road?

Because the road crossed the chicken.

-Walk away.

-Hey, you! Hold on!

Situation is pristine.

Cut him off.

I didn't see him.

Oh, my God!

How is he?

It's his road game.

-Your man does good work.

-That's why I use him.

Yeah, these will pass anywhere.

Why don't you take advantage of it?


I need somebody to throw me

in the briar patch.

Yeah, give the gentleman a call.

-I need some walking-around money.

-That's reasonable.

And I'm gonna need my men's share

on the last job.

-Give it to me.


You got it in your pocket.

You're ahead of me every turn.


The plan holds,

you get your shipment on the 14th.

The plan has changed.

We split it 50/50 on the site.

So be it.

-Now what's your surprise?

-My boy comes with you on the job.

-He's got terrible manners.

-Which of us is perfect?

So be it.

Wait a sec. If it's about

your wife, why didn't you--?

Will you wait? If the whole thing

is about your wife--?

You know what?

The hell with it!

Not a happy camper, huh?

I'm not a camper at all, stud.

Pour it.

See anything you Like?

I'm busy.

-Pour it!

-Hope you're not driving.

I hope I am, and I run into

some f***ed abutment.

-Take me off, will you?

-That'll rot your stomach lining.

Yeah, but I get to drink it first.

-That's all I need.


There goes my job.

You see his badge?

Do you know where that guy is from?

And he caught me drinking on shift.

End of a perfect day.

-That's Betty Croft.

-What's her problem?

-She's a drunk.

-She's a drunk.

You bet she is.

-Why is she important?

-She gets us in the door.

She gets us in the door, how?

I want you to Leave the uniforms

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David Mamet

David Alan Mamet is an American playwright, essayist, screenwriter, and film director. As a playwright, Mamet has won a Pulitzer Prize and received Tony nominations for Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed-the-Plow. more…

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