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Release Date: April 25, 2003

Starring: Edward Burns, Rachel Weisz, Andy Garcia, and Dustin Hoffman

Genre: Drama

Audience: Adults REVIEWER: Bruce
Donaldson In CONFIDENCE, Ed
Burns plays Jake Vig, a con
man who leads a gang of
grifters that has
inadvertently ripped off the
wrong man: an eccentric, scary
crime boss named "King,"
played by Dustin Hoffman. King
gives Jake a chance to set
things right, rather than kill
or torture him, because he
likes his cocky attitude
and/or may be attracted to him
sexually. To recoup his cash,
and possibly to see Jake and
his gang eliminated, King
assigns Jake to sting his
cross-town rival in crime,
Morgan Price (Robert Forster),
for $5 million. Toward the end
of the operation, after
securing the money, the plan
runs awry, and Jake is forced
to abandon the operation and
send his partners packing. One
of the partners, Lily (Rachel
Weisz), decides that she still
wants the money promised her,
regardless that the plan has
failed. She tells the powerful
Price where to find his money.
Jake is captured and forced at
gunpoint to tell one of the
boss' henchmen how he pulled
off the operation. As Jake
recounts the nearly successful
sting, the audience is given a
glimpse of the ugly underbelly
of organized crime and the
small-time hustlers who are
trying to get their cut and
move up. There are several
twists and turns to the movie
so that viewers don't know who
is working for whom nor whom
to believe. One interesting
recurring theme that should
have been developed further
has to do with the game of
Chess. The sting is structured
so that there are
contingencies to change the
plan depending on the marks'
response to the game. People
may walk away from the theater
saying that they would never
have guessed the ending twist,
but after mulling it over,
most probably will find it
both unbelievable and
unsatisfying. The structure of
CONFIDENCE resembles THE USUAL
SUSPECTS with Kevin Spacey,
but the final result is
neither nearly as creative in
its writing nor as polished in
its production. The dark and
seedy characters, setting and
subject matters combine to
give this movie an "excessive"
acceptability rating and,
therefore, unfit for family
viewing. Please address your
comments to: Tom Ortenberg,
President Lions Gate
FIlms 4553 Glencoe Ave., Suite
200 Marina del Rey, CA
90292 Phone: (310)
314-2000 Fax: (310)
396-6041 Website:
www.lionsgatefilms.com

Rating: R

Runtime: 98 minutes

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Content:

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GENRE: Drama

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Summary:

In CONFIDENCE a grifter tries to wriggle his way out from between two rival crime bosses from whom he has stolen money, or maybe everything is really under control? Dark and seedy characters, settings and subject matters combine to give this film an "excessive" acceptability rating and, therefore, unfit for family viewing.

Review:

In CONFIDENCE, Ed Burns plays Jake Vig, a con man who leads a gang of grifters that has inadvertently ripped off the wrong man: an eccentric, scary crime boss named "King," played by Dustin Hoffman. King gives Jake a chance to set things right, rather than kill or torture him, because he likes his cocky attitude and/or may be attracted to him sexually.

To recoup his cash, and possibly to see Jake and his gang eliminated, King assigns Jake to sting his cross-town rival in crime, Morgan Price (Robert Forster), for $5 million. Toward the end of the operation, after securing the money, the plan runs awry, and Jake is forced to abandon the operation and send his partners packing. One of the partners, Lily (Rachel Weisz), decides that she still wants the money promised her, regardless that the plan has failed. She tells the powerful Price where to find his money. Jake is captured and forced at gunpoint to tell one of the boss' henchmen how he pulled off the operation.

As Jake recounts the nearly successful sting, the audience is given a glimpse of the ugly underbelly of organized crime and the small-time hustlers who are trying to get their cut and move up. There are several twists and turns to the movie so that viewers don't know who is working for whom nor whom to believe. One interesting recurring theme that should have been developed further has to do with the game of Chess. The sting is structured so that there are contingencies to change the plan depending on the marks' response to the game. People may walk away from the theater saying that they would never have guessed the ending twist, but after mulling it over, most probably will find it both unbelievable and unsatisfying.

The structure of CONFIDENCE resembles THE USUAL SUSPECTS with Kevin Spacey, but the final result is neither nearly as creative in its writing nor as polished in its production. The dark and seedy characters, setting and subject matters combine to give this movie an "excessive" acceptability rating and, therefore, unfit for family viewing.

Please address your comments to:

Tom Ortenberg, President

Lions Gate FIlms

4553 Glencoe Ave., Suite 200

Marina del Rey, CA 90292

Phone: (310) 314-2000

Fax: (310) 396-6041

Website: www.lionsgatefilms.com

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