The Spanish Prisoner(1998) Starring:Ben Gazzara, Felicity Huffman, Ricky Jay Director:David Mamet Certificate: Watch now: Unavailable
Scientist Joe Ross (Campbell Scott) has invented a new money-making process and expects his company head, Joe Klein (Ben Gazzara), to pay him handsomely for it. Klein seems to be stalling, however, and after meeting wealthy jetsetter Jimmy Dell (Steve Martin), Ross decides to consult Dell's lawyer. ..read more »
The number one feel-good con film. John Scarne's hands show some chops, and notice how they cut from his hands to Newman's face. Great cinematography.
(1973) Starring:Eileen Brennan, John Quade, Jack Kehoe Director:George Roy Hill Certificate:
Four years after setting box offices ablaze in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Paul Newman, Robert Redford, and director George Roy Hill re-teamed with similar success for The Sting. Redford plays Depression-era confidence trickster Johnny Hooker, whose friend and mentor Luther Coleman (Robert ..read more »
(1990) Starring:John Cusack, Anjelica Huston, Annette Bening Director:Stephen Frears Certificate:
Director Stephen Frears' tense adaptation of Jim Thompson's novel The Grifters was one of a number of revival film noirs in the first half of the '90s. Updating the setting to contemporary Los Angeles, the film follows a trio of con artists who are intent on out-foxing each other. Roy Dillon (John ..read more »
Bresson choreographs some elegant scenes of our light-fingered bretheren.
(1959) Starring:Pierre Leymarie, Marika Green, Martin LaSalle Director:Robert Bresson Certificate:
Robert Bresson writes and directs this French classic, an existential exploration of the arrogance and psychological make-up of Michel (Martin LaSalle), a thief who works the streets of Paris, picking people's pockets.
(2002) Starring:Gaston Pauls, Tomas Fonzi, Graciela Tenembaun Director:Fabian Bielinsky Certificate:
Early one morning Juan is pulling a bill-switching scheme in an all-night deli when Marcos, an apparently innocent bystander, pretends to whisk him off to the police. But Marcos is a con artist, just helping out a new recruit, and he enlists Juan in a plot that he claims will set them up for early ..read more »
A solid film, with some solid acting. Tremendous cast, and the best of the Hollywood attempts at the genre. More of a gambling movie really, but enough to keep you interested.
(1998) Starring:Martin Landau, John Turturro, Matt Damon Director:John Dahl Certificate: Watch now: Unavailable
Master gambler Mike (Matt Damon) hangs up his poker visor after losing all his savings in a high-stakes game. Starting a new life at law school, he is dragged back into the gambling underworld by an ex-con friend (Edward Norton), who has gone in too deep with a ruthless Russian cardsharp (John ..read more »
Great film, but lower sound and production quality. The thinking person's con film.
House Of Games
(1987) Starring:Lilia Skala, Lindsay Crouse, Mike Nussbaum Director:David Mamet Certificate:
In his directorial debut, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet creates a stylish cinematic puzzle of games within games, as con men are joined by a psychologist in creating the perfect caper. Dr. Margaret Ford (Lindsay Crouse), the writer of psychological self-help books, meets Mike (Joe ..read more »
One of the finest Femme Fatales. Has some very black comedy moments.
The Last Seduction
(1994) Starring:Walter Addison, Peter Berg, Bill Pullman Director:John Dahl Certificate:
Linda Fiorentino plays the 'femme fatale' in this cynical thriller about a clever and beautiful woman who runs rings around everyone in order to get what she wants. After persuading her doctor husband to sell a batch of pharmaceutical cocaine on the street, she double-crosses him and takes to the ..read more »
(2003) Starring:Bruce Altman, Nicolas Cage, Alison Lohman Director:Ridley Scott Certificate: Watch now: Unavailable
Meet Roy and Frank, a couple of professional small-time con artists. What Roy, a veteran of the grift, and Frank, his ambitious protégé, are swindling these days are "water filtration systems," bargain-basement water filters bought by unsuspecting people who pay ten times their value in order to ..read more »