Welcome to Collinwood
October 4, 2002
September 13, 2002
This smaller-budget ($10 million) project reunites George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh, but instead of as star and director (Out of Sight and Ocean's 11), the two this time are producers. Clooney does take a role in front of the camera, once again showing his willingness to take part in smaller projects.
Sam Rockwell, who is most memorable in Charlie's Angels and Galaxy Quest and who is destined to become an A-list lead after starring in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, has again been chosen by the Soderbergh/Clooney production team as the headliner in this film. The plot has five would-be crooks trying to pull off their greatest heist. No, it's not another Las Vegas casino but instead a Cleveland pawnbroker's safe. Obviously, the film sounds low-key in nature, but the real story revolves around the personality quirks of the people involved in the crime. Unconventional yet extraordinarily gifted actors such as William Macy (Magnolia, Fargo), Michael Jeter (Del Delacroix in The Green Mile) and Luis Guzman (Traffic, Out of Sight) will join Rockwell and the beautiful female leads, Gabrielle Union (Two Can Play That Game) and Jennifer Esposito (Don't Say a Word) in this quirky heist flick.
Expect Welcome to Collinwood to be long on laughs and very quotable, but it's unlikely to be a huge hit. With such a slight budget and such big names producing it, though, the movie should be highly profitable and very entertaining for true movie buffs. (Calvin Trager/BOP)
October 4, 2003
Welcome to Collinwood premiered at the Cannes International Film Festival to primarily mixed reviews. With critical and audience response taken under consideration, Warner Bros. elected to push the release of the film to the wasteland of October and a limited initial run, with plans to roll it out wider on October 18th. Unfortunately, Welcome to Collinwood could only manage a $4,700 screen average in that first weekend, and the studio scrapped plans to expand to significant additional theaters. It stands little chance of recouping its $12 million budget and will have to look to video for any hope at new life. (Kim Hollis/BOP)
Comparison films for Welcome to Collinwood
|Green Mile, The
|Don't Say a Word
|Out of Sight (1998)
|Two Can Play That Game
|Galaxy Quest ^