Synopsis: Parole officer Jack Mabry (Robert De Niro) has only a few weeks left before retirement and wishes to finish out the cases he's been assigned. One such case is that of Gerald "Stone" Creeson (Edward Norton), a convicted arsonist who is up for parole. Jack is initially reluctant to indulge Stone in the coarse banter he wishes to pursue and feels little sympathy for the prisoner's pleas for an early release. Seeing little hope in convincing Jack by himself, Stone arranges for his wife, Lucetta (Milla Jovovich), to seduce the officer, but motives and intentions steadily blur amidst the passions and buried secrets of the corrupted players in this deadly game of deception.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): John Curran
Production: Overture Films
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min


(clock ticking)

Male TV announcer:

It was a very short putt.

It would seem routine had he not

just come off a bogey the hole before.

Mm-hmm, obviously

smarting from that.

- But let's see what he does here.

-( ball rattles into hole)

Oh perfect.

Textbook, textbook.

We move ahead now to Lee Trevino

on the fairway at the seventh.

His lie looks as though

he may be in a little divot.

Absolutely. Tournament officials

have been cracking down

on caddies filling in the divots.

At this level of the game, some of us

gotta watch the etiquette of golf.

(insect buzzing)

Just go to sleep.

(insect buzzing)

TV announcer:

A lovely approach.

He's considering it now.

I presume that a player like...

(buzzing continues)

(buzz echoing)

TV announcer:
Sand wedge

or intermediate pitching wedge.

Oh, very exciting.

He's lining up the shot.

Look at me.


I'm not standing for this.


You keep my soul in a dungeon.

I'm leaving.


- Jack.

- If you leave me, I'll throw her.

(bee buzzing)

You think that I won't, hmm?

- Please.

- Do you think I won't?!

I won't leave.

I won't leave you.

(buzzing stops)

I'm sorry.

Don't ever do that again.

Don't ever leave me.

Don't ever do that again.

J' All things bright and beautiful I

J' All creatures great and small I

J' All things wise and wonderful I

J' The Lord God made them all. I

I invite you to be seated at this time.

(applause on TV)

TV announcer #1:

Oh, that's a very nice touch.

So maybe he can make a par.

And at worse from there

you'd think he could stay

his point total.

Now here we find him

with a 7-iron at this par-3 hole.

Announcer #2:

I don't know if there was a problem

with him slippin' with his right foot

there, but definitely a pull.

Announcer #1:

He obviously had the thought in his head

that he needed

to give it a little bit extra,

and he's found himself

in a difficult spot.

Announcer #2:
All the expectations

he had coming into this",


- Hello?

- Woman:

Betsy .

Your brother slipped away.

Oh oh,

finally out of his misery.

- Betsy:
Yes, he is.

- Oh, I know, I know.

And how many times did I hear, "Why

can't you be like your brother Bobby"?

If I had a nickel for every time

that was said to me...

I'd be a rich man today.

That scar on his forehead that he had,

he always had a story for it,

but it was me. I threw a hammer

at Mr. Perfect when I was eight.

(crowd murmuring)

He never told though.

He covered for the people he loved.

That's how he was

and I loved him for that.

And I wanted to be like him.


I just want to say that...

If it wasn't for Bobby, I'd...

I-I don't know...

Where I would've wound up.

He taught me how to live,

what was right.

I'm gonna miss him.

He lived right. He lived right.

He was...

What more could you s--

want people to say about you?

(bird squawking)

Woman on radio:
All throughout Scripture

it talks about God being a just God.

I mean, I just read the parable

about the unjust judge,

where the woman kept coming

and coming and saying...

Man #1 on radio:

Caring, loving, forgiving...

Man #2:
I'm wondering if you concur

with what you've heard so far?

Man #3:
I think that the choices,

the idea of free will,

and the fact that

we have freedom of choice...

(overlapping dialogue on radio)

Male radio host #1:

The reality of the times we live in,

this notion that-- this angst that a lot

of people are feeling in this country,

that we've gone through some sort

of fundamental transformation...

Male radio host #2:

"Barack Obama earlier today, crediting

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Angus MacLachlan

Angus MacLachlan is a playwright and screenwriter most famous for writing the screenplays for the 2005 film Junebug as well as the cult short film Tater Tomater. He graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts in 1980 and continues to reside in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He adapted one of his plays into the film Stone directed by John Curran and starring Robert De Niro, Milla Jovovich, and Edward Norton that was released in 2010. more…

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