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Marking a welcome return to the breezy style of Thelma & Louise, Ridley Scott's Matchstick Men reminds us that the director of Gladiator is equally adept with quirky comedies and offbeat characters. Smoothly adapted from the novel by Eric Garcia and set amidst the sunlit, 1950s-style architecture of L.A.'s San Fernando Valley, this gently dramatic comedy centers on Roy (Nicolas Cage), a divorcée whose career as a con artist is complicated by: (1) his ongoing struggle with obsessive compulsive disorder, which manifests itself through various quirks and rituals; (2) a wily partner (Sam Rockwell) whose criminal ambitions are greater than Roy suspects; and (3) the arrival of 14-year-old Angela (Alison Lohman), claiming to be the daughter he's never known. Turns out she's got a knack for dad's profession, and that turns Matchstick Men into a multilayered comedy with unexpected twists and surprising revelations. To say more would spoil the fun; suffice it to say that Hans Zimmer's playful score and a Sinatra-laced soundtrack are perfect complements to Cage's engaging eccentricities. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Tricks of the Trade: Making Matchstick Men - follow the director through an intimate day-today account of the filmmaking process.
  • Part I: Preproduction
  • Part II: Production
  • Part III: Postproduction
  • Commentary by Director/Producer Ridley Scott, Writer Nicholas Griffin and Writer/Producer Ted Griffin
  • Theatrical Trailer

Cast

Nicolas CageRoy Waller
Sam RockwellFrank Mercer
Alison LohmanAngela
Bruce AltmanDr. Klein
Bruce McGillChuck Frechette
Jenny O'HaraMrs. Schaffer
Steve EastinMr. Schaffer
Beth GrantLaundry Lady
Sheila KelleyKathy
Fran KranzSlacker Boyfriend
Tim KelleherBishop
Nigel GibbsHolt

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  • Genre: Drama Movies
  • Director: Ridley Scott
  • Producer: Warner Brothers
  • Length: 116 minutes
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaSep 12, 2003
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG-13
    Europe12
    JapanPG-12
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 24, 2004
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