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Inside Man (2006)

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A police detective, a bank robber, and a high-power broker enter high-stakes negotiations after the criminal's brilliant heist spirals into a hostage situation.


Spike Lee


Russell Gewirtz
499 ( 211)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Denzel Washington ... Detective Keith Frazier
Clive Owen ... Dalton Russell
Jodie Foster ... Madeleine White
Christopher Plummer ... Arthur Case
Willem Dafoe ... Captain John Darius
Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Detective Bill Mitchell
Carlos Andrés Gómez ... Steve
Kim Director ... Stevie
James Ransone ... Steve-O
Bernie Rachelle ... Chaim (as Bernard Rachelle)
Peter Gerety ... Captain Coughlin
Victor Colicchio Victor Colicchio ... Sergeant Collins
Cassandra Freeman ... Sylvia
Peter Frechette ... Peter Hammond
Gerry Vichi Gerry Vichi ... Herman Gluck


Composed and meticulous, the soft-spoken and ingenious bank robber, Dalton Russell, has orchestrated the perfect heist--shortly, the Manhattan bank at the corner of Wall Street and Broadway along with dozens of hostages will be his to command. Try as he might, the rough hostage negotiator, Keith Frazier, is always one step behind the criminal mastermind--and what is more disheartening--the institution's silver-haired founder, Arthur Case, recruits the intelligent problem-fixer, Madeline White, to retrieve something of paramount importance. However, the thieves seem to procrastinate intentionally, when they should be rushing into action. Will Arthur and Madeline get what they want this time? Written by Nick Riganas

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


It looked like the perfect bank robbery. But you can't judge a crime by its cover.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violent images | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Marcia Jean Kurtz plays a bank-robbery hostage named Miriam in this movie. Over thirty years earlier, she had also played a bank-robbery hostage named Miriam in Dog Day Afternoon (1975). See more »


The cops are supposedly fooled when the gang play part of a speech in Albanian by the late Enver Hoxha to fool their listening devices. But even though they don't know the language, they ought to notice that it sounds like a monologue by one man rather than a possible conversation between four bank robbers, one of them female. See more »


[first lines]
Dalton Russell: My name is Dalton Russell. Pay strict attention to what I say because I choose my words carefully and I never repeat myself. I've told you my name: that's the Who. The Where could most readily be described as a prison cell. But there's a vast difference between being stuck in a tiny cell and being in prison. The What is easy: recently I planned and set in motion events to execute the perfect bank robbery. That's also the When. As for the Why: beyond the obvious financial motivation...
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Crazy Credits

All leading and supporting actors as well as some of the minor characters are credited with a picture of each at the beginning of the end credits. See more »


References The Anderson Tapes (1971) See more »


Patton (Theme)
Written by Jerry Goldsmith
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User Reviews

Gripping Tale Of Corporate & Political Games ♦ 80%
1 July 2013 | by nairtejasSee all my reviews

I had huge expectations from the story. As a matter of fact, the plot gives something for me to chew on. Only, I chewed and chewed and chewed, only to spit it in a ravine.

Clive Owen is fantastic. But I loved Denzel Wahsington's charismatic performance as a detective. He steals the limelight for sure. His character scores massive points, but Owen's character's got depth and anonymity. Jodie Foster has the cleverest dialogs while Christopher Plummer was a disgrace (I don't know.. either his character or portrayal - something went nasty). The makers have made it a point to keep the viewers hooked to what they are showing on the screen with witty dialogs, humor, action & serious plot. Indeed, more than meeting my expectations... it surprised.

The opening song surprised me. Well, being an Indian, it was a matter of pride. Although, I should reprimand the selection of that particular song; was an inept thing to do for a crime thriller like this. Yes, it involves great thinking to churn out what is happening on screen, but as it enhances... the plot gets even more confusing. That troubled me. Lots of implications & unanswered questions plastered over heavy political jargon... well, it is too cryptic. Although, on a second watch, everything got clear. 8.0/10.

Mighty thinking of changing the idea of the whole bank-robbery thing. Quite an intuitive take. Appreciate the makers for giving something different on that!

BOTTOM LINE: Falls short of credibility, otherwise Inside Man is pumping, thrilling & food for thought.

Can be watched with a typical Indian family? YES

Profanity: Strong | Vulgarity: Mild | Nudity: Mild | Sex: No, Implied | Mouth-Kiss/Foreplay: Very Mild | Violence: Critical | Gore: Very Mild | Alcohol: Very Mild | Smoking: Mediocre

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English | Albanian | Spanish

Release Date:

24 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,954,945, 26 March 2006

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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