talking. Two of the men sit on one side of the table;
forties. Both wear suits, the younger's is fairly
expensive and well cut, the other's is polyester, enough
is what they used to call a "cool-cat."
Take Dog Day Afternoon for
example. Arguably Pacino's
greatest performance, excepting
The Godfather, Part I, and
Scarface, of course. A
masterpiece of directing, easily
Lumet's best. The acting, the
script, cinematography, all top
notch. But, they didn't push the
envelope. What if in Dog Day,
with it? What if, and here's
where it gets tricky. What if
No mercy, no quarter, meet our
demands or the cute blonde in the
bell bottoms gets one in the back
of the head, bam, splatter. What?
Still no bus?
windows before the city reversed
And this was 1976. No C.N.N., no
C.N.B.C., no M.T.V. No Internet.
Fast forward to the present, same
situation. Can you imagine the
feeding frenzy of the modern
computer enhanced, and color
corrected. You would practically
taste the brain matter. Six
hostages die. Ten. Twelve.
Twenty. Thirty. Relentless. One
after another. All over a bus, a
plane, and a couple of million
dollars that were federally
Just a thought. I mean it's not
conventional cinema, but what
You know, this movie of yours, I
Really? How come?
Audiences love happy endings.
Pacino escapes. With the money.
Boyfriend gets the sex change
operation. They live happily ever
Stanley shakes his head.
Stanley shakes his head.
Bad guy can't win. It's a
morality tale. One way or the
other, he's gotta go down.
Oh, well. Life does tend to be
stranger than fiction.
(looking at watch)
Well, guys, gotta jet. This place
is kinda dead.
ANGLE ON GABRIEL
Thanks for the coffee.
bar in Paris. Bartender says,
'Hey, you want another drink?'
Descartes says, 'I think not.'
the front door.
No one even twitches.
I won't ask again.
ANGLE ON ROBERTS
Stanley... you coming?
SILENCE -- no sounds on the SOUNDTRACK.
Sharpshooters lean out of windows and snipers arepositioned on every open rooftop. Hundreds of weaponsare pointed at this man who saunters across the street asif he's on his way to Sunday service, without a care inthe world.
Synopsis: There exists a world within our world. A world beneath what we call cyberspace. A world protected by firewalls, passwords and the most advanced security systems. In this world we hide our deepest secrets, our most incriminating information, and of course, a whole lot of money. This is the world of "Swordfish." The world's most dangerous spy is hired by the CIA to coerce a computer hacker recently released from prison to help steal $6 billion in unused government funds.
Actors: John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Don Cheadle
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
5 wins & 8 nominations.
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