Matchstick Men

Release Date: September 12, 2003

Cage does his best Nicholson while Rockwell does his best Guy Pearce.

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Matchstick Men is Ridley Scott's first film since his three hugely successful pictures of 2000 and 2001 (Gladiator, Hannibal, and Black Hawk Down). The story is about two con men, the obsessive-compulsive Roy (played by Nicolas Cage), and his protégé Frank (Sam Rockwell), whose latest scheme is jeopardized by the arrival of a daughter Roy never knew he had. The movie is based on the book of the same name by Eric Garcia, which itself only came out a few months ago with little fanfare.

The film's genre is somewhat questionable; Scott himself has been quoted as saying, "I saw it as a comedy. I don't mean fall-about-laughing comedy, but a lot of witty humor. But then I thought 'Thelma & Louise' was a comedy, too." It would appear, then, that while the story is dramatic, there is more than enough quirkiness to go around. The story was adapted for the screen by brothers Ted and Nick Griffin, so perhaps a valid comparison for this movie is the recent remake of Ocean's 11, which was also penned by the younger Ted.

Cage's daughter is played by Alison Lohman, most famous for her role in 2002's White Oleander, who, though 23, will play a 15-year-old here. The age difference should not be a problem for Lohman, however, as she played a similarly-aged character in White Oleander. One other note of interest - August is now shaping up to potentially be a very big month for Rockwell. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind was recently scheduled for a re-release one week before this film's release on August 8th. With starring roles in two films released so close together, both with seemingly similar genres, as well as so many big names attached, perhaps Rockwell will finally gain with mainstream audiences the kind of appeal he already has with critics. (Zach Kolkin/BOP)

Vital statistics for Matchstick Men
Main Cast Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, Alison Lohman
Supporting Cast Bruce Altman, Bruce McGill
Director Ridley Scott
Screenwriter Ted Griffin, Nick Griffin
Distributor Warner Bros.
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
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Rating PG-13
Running Time 116 minutes
Screen Count 2,711
Awards Awards page for Matchstick Men
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture

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Hannibal 2/9/0158.00 61.90 3230 17958.00 18434.8 164.97 176.07 2.84
Gladiator 5/5/0034.82 38.95 2938 11852.00 12753.5 186.61 208.76 5.36
Black Hawk Down 1/18/0233.63 34.96 3101 10844.00 10844.0 108.58 112.89 3.17
Face/Off 6/27/9723.39 30.72 2621 8924.00 11276.5 112.28 147.50 4.80
Windtalkers 6/14/0214.52 15.09 2898 5010.00 5010.0 40.91 42.53 2.82
8MM 2/26/9914.25 16.98 2370 6013.00 6865.2 36.28 43.23 2.55
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind 1/24/035.83 5.83 1769 3297.00 3297.0 15.94 15.94 2.65
Adaptation 1/10/032.64 2.64 560 4709.00 4709.0 22.50 22.50 6.04



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