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Story

Vince Vaughn stars in this story of high-pressure boiler room telemarketing scams. Vaughn plays Pendelton "Penny" Wise (get it?), a small-time operator who's looking for a bigger score. He takes a "prime gig" with Kelly Grant (Ed Harris), a high-stakes player with a shady gold mine to sell. Prime Gig sets up an unusual tension: you want to root for Penny even though you know he may be bilking people out of their life savings and is most definitely a sleazebag. Harris does well, making what could have been a typical Gordon Gekko knockoff character a little more internalized and interesting, and Julia Ormond does a fine job of fleshing out a character who very well may have been named "Romantic Interest." Vaughn uses his onscreen persona well here--he deftly maintains the hero-scumball balance, never quite letting go of either. Prime Gig is not a perfectly realized movie, but a compelling watch nonetheless. --Ali Davis

Cast

Vince VaughnPendelton 'Penny' Wise
Julia OrmondCaitlin Carlson
Ed HarrisKelly Grant
Rory CochraneJoel
Wallace ShawnGene
Stephen TobolowskyMick
George WendtArchie
Jeannetta ArnetteCheryl
Shishir KurupSujat
Tom WrightMarvin Sanders
Romany MalcoZeke
Brian GeorgeNasser
Amber BensonBatgirl

  • Genre: Mystery Movies
  • Director: Gregory Mosher
  • Producer: New Line
  • Length: 98 min
  • Aspect ratio: 2.35:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 2000
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe15
    AustraliaM
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaFeb 12, 2002
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