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Anjelica Huston Anjelica Huston
Lilly Dillon
John Cusack John Cusack
Roy Dillon
Annette Bening Annette Bening
Myra Langtry
Jan Munroe Jan Munroe
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Robert Weems Robert Weems
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Jimmy Noonan Jimmy Noonan

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The Dark Side Of Grift

6 years, 11 months ago at Sep 12 7:24
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While this movie includes the type of grand grift scheme that makes these types of films appealing, it's also has the very dark side that comes along with most confidence games.
The characters aren't as endearing as in most other films of this genre, but they are most certainly interesting, adding a sharp & jagged dimension to a theme that has swayed a little too much on the fluffier side... read more
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When con artist Roy Dillon (Cusack) is visited by his Mother, Lilly (Huston), who is also a con artist, she sends Roy off to the hospital because of a blow to the gut he suffered while working the grift. Roy's girlfriend, Myra (Bening), the third con artist, comes to visit Roy, and we discover that Lilly and Myra don't get along. After he is released from the hospital, Roy and Myra go on a little trip, where he is propositioned to be partners in crime with Myra. Everything soon falls apart for the three con artists, which leads to a bloody climax.
Release date: 25 January 1991
UPC: 026359054525
Tags: Drama (9), Crime (7), Thriller (4), Murder (3), Con Artist (3), 1990 (3), 1990s (3), Wheel Of Fortune (3), Usa (3), Film Noir (3), 1990's (2), Devil's Play (2), Romance (2), Mother-son (1), Hit With A Baseball Bat (1), Incest (1), Sailor (1), Orange (1), Money Falling Through The Air (1), Gangster (1)
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"1st viewing 31 March 2016 Directed by: Stephen Frears No höh. Olipahan pettymys. Varmaan oikeastaan huonommatkin tähdet saisi antaa, mutta antaa olla, vaikka nyt ihan Cusackin takia. "

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""At the hospital, Lilly (Anjelica Huston) meets and takes an instant dislike to Roy's girlfriend, Myra Langtry (Bening), who is a few years older than her son. Lilly urges her son to quit the grift, saying he literally does not have the stomach for it. Because she leaves late for La Jolla, she misses a race where the winner was paying 70–1. For this mistake, Bobo (Pat Hingle) burns her hand with a cigar."(Wikipedia) Pat Hingle and Anjelica Huston "

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