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Who Is Cletis Tout? (2001)

Cletis Tout is a comedy about mistaken identities, a hit man who sees everything in terms of the movies and a twenty year old diamond heist.

Director:

Chris Ver Wiel

Writer:

Chris Ver Wiel (as Chris Verwiel)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Slater ... Trevor Allen Finch
Tim Allen ... Critical Jim
Portia de Rossi ... Tess Tobias
Richard Dreyfuss ... Micah Tobias
Billy Connolly ... Dr. Mike Savian
Peter MacNeill ... Detective Tripp (as Peter MacNeil)
Bill MacDonald Bill MacDonald ... Detective Delaney
Richard Chevolleau Richard Chevolleau ... Detective Horst
Elias Zarou ... Detective Rafferty
RuPaul ... Ginger Markum
Joseph Scoren ... Rowdy Virago
Eugene Lipinski ... Falco
Shawn Doyle ... Crow Gollotti
Louis Di Bianco ... Nimble
Tony Nappo ... Fife
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Storyline

Chicago hit-man Critical Jim has apprehended his latest New York target, Cletis Tout. The only reason Jim has not yet killed him is that he states he is not really Cletis Tout. The only thing Jim finds greater satisfaction in than getting the job done is watching classic movies, especially ones with a good story. As such, Jim gives him the opportunity to "pitch" his story to save his life. Saying that his name is Trevor Finch, he is a career white collar criminal who recently broke out of prison with a friend to help said friend retrieve a cache of diamonds he long ago hid. Beyond Finch assuming Tout's identity to elude the authorities which got him into this predicament with Jim, he and his friend found that retrieving the diamonds were not going to be as easy as going back to where he had hid them. There was also the added complication of a young woman, Tess Donnelly, entering his life, she who he may have let slip through his fingers despite being probably the one with who he was ... Written by Huggo

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Plot Keywords:

diamond | heist | independent film | See All (3) »

Taglines:

Getting the alias was half the battle. Surviving it is the other.

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violence and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Paramount Classics

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 December 2001 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Baklövészet See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$64,867, 28 July 2002

Gross USA:

$252,227
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Final film of Kay Tremblay. See more »

Goofs

Homing pigeons can only fly in one direction, not round trips. See more »

Quotes

Rowdy Virago: You two cheesedicks couldn't improvise a fart after eating a three bean salad.
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References The Maltese Falcon (1941) See more »

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I've seen worse
3 August 2002 | by hapukaSee all my reviews

Not a bad film at all. Considering some of the rubbish that makes big money this was smart enough to keep me interested. Obviously the flashback driven structure is a bit predictable and cheesy, but I have seen way dumber films this year. I don't know about Tim Allen's casting though - it wasn't a disaster but it didn't quite do the business for me. Kudos to him for playing against type, but he was too warm for what is by definition a muderous criminal (I think Nicholas Cage or Robert Duvall might have nailed this part). Overall this could have been much worse,, ( imagine Ms. J Roberts as the love interest.) The plot was fine if a little contrived, and the constant movie references wore a bit thin presented as they were. Competent enough though, it a pity that it didn't have have a bit more je n'est ce quio. Still more challenging than the recent skywalker ranch product if you're in the video store


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