The Samaritan

Synopsis: After twenty years in prison, Foley is finished with the grifter's life. When he meets an elusive young woman named Iris, the possibility of a new start looks real. But his past is proving to be a stubborn companion.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Director(s): David Weaver
Production: IFC Films
  4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min

I'm sorry.

If you keep on doing

what you've always done,

you'll keep on being

what you've always been,

I used lo share a cell

with a guy

who had those words

tattooed across his chest

in Japanese characters.

After ten years,

the guy gets out.

A week later,

he gels himself killed

for being what he'd always been.

Those words

are still on his skin,

buried in a box somewhere.

Nothing changes

unless you make it change.


In case you need me,

call this number.

They'll know where I am.

Take care.



Don't leave town.

Don't associate with anyone

with a record.

You so much as jaywalk,

you're back in.

All right, we're done here.

You just let me know

when you find a job,

and I'll file the papers.


Your parole officer can be

your pal or a son of a bitch.

It's your decision. You got me?


J' tell you,

I thought I had it made j'

Rodney around?

No, man.

Rodney's dead.

How about selma?

No. She... she split out west.

I bought the place...

Shit, six years ago now.

You wouldn't happen to keep

a bottle of bowman's

under the bar for luck,

would you'?

So you did know Rodney'

guess old habits die hard'

how you take it'?


' Yeah, before I knew it,

I was a teenager.

Yeah, when...

When I took over, guys would

come in from time to time,

saying Rodney owed 'em money

for this and that,

pulling some shit.

Hasn't happened

in a couple centuries, though.

It's supposed to catch

thieves, not ghosts.

If you've come for the money,


It's all gone now.

I had to pay off a lot of cops

to stay out of prison.

That's a thousand years ago.

Yeah, I figured.

You still in touch

with any of the old crowd?


He's dead. Died in prison'


- Dead too...

- How about sal?

Don'! Tell me he's dead.

- He's not dead.

- Good.

He's in a coma, up at grace.

Pretty high mortality rate

in the old business.


What happened to your hand?

Past caught up with me.

Nobody gets to make

a fresh start.

You know that.

My kids

will be coming home soon.

They don't know anything

about the old days,

I'm glad to see you,

but I don't want you

coming around here, foley.


Who the hell are you?

I'm disappointed.

You don't see it'?

The chin?


I know I've got his eyes.

Yeah, I see it.

You're Eddie's kid, right'?

That's right Ethan,

that's a good memory.

Been a long time.

More than 20 years.

My mistake.

A man does that kind

of hard time,

you don't want to get

the numbers wrong.

I can't blame you

for being suspicious.

I mean, here I am,

sitting in the dark,

waiting for you,

what do you want from me, Ethan?

I just...

I just want to buy you a drink.

I got a 35% stake in this place.

Easy money.

Kind of owe it

to you and my dad.

My mom told me your big plan

was to cash out and open a club.

We wanted to open a bar,

not whatever this is!

Here, let me show you.

Grab a drink.

Talk about the old days,

maybe talk about the new days.


Xaviers here, and he wants

to see you and me in the back,


Come here. Listen.

Take him to my seat.

Everything is on the house.

I'll be right back.

You're alone.

Doesn't seem right.

I'm waiting for someone.

I've been waiting

for someone too.

I just found him.

Thanks, but no thanks.

Ethan told me to stop by'

said he had someone

who'd like to meet me.

Hey! I see you two have met.

You get rid of her'?

Ease up.

Wound that tight,

you'll give yourself a stroke.

I'm not interested

in whatever it is

you're selling.


Well, you can go f*ck yourself,

because I'm definitely

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Elan Mastai

Elan Mastai is a Canadian screenwriter and novelist. He is best known for The F Word, for which he won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Adapted Screenplay at the 2nd Canadian Screen Awards in 2014.His other screenwriting credits include MVP: Most Vertical Primate and Fury. He has described The F Word as the first time he wrote a screenplay in his own voice, rather than to the commercial demands of a mass-audience film.He was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, to a Canadian mother and an Israeli immigrant father. He studied film at Queen's University and Concordia University.In 2015, Mastai secured a $1.25 million deal for his debut novel, All Our Wrong Todays. A science fiction novel about a man from an alternate history utopia who, while part of a time travel experiment, causes a drastic alteration of his history, and regains consciousness in our society. The novel was published on February 7, 2017. more…

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