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Duplicity (2009)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Crime, Romance | 20 March 2009 (USA)
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Two ex-government agents turned rival industrial spies have to be at the top of their game when one of their companies prepares to launch a major product. However, they distract each other in more ways than one.


Tony Gilroy


Tony Gilroy
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Clive Owen ... Ray Koval
Julia Roberts ... Claire Stenwick
Tom Wilkinson ... Howard Tully
Paul Giamatti ... Richard Garsik
Dan Daily ... Garsik's Aide
Lisa Roberts Gillan ... Tully's Assistant
David Shumbris ... Turtleneck
Rick Worthy ... Dale Raimes
Oleg Stefan ... Boris Fetyov
Denis O'Hare ... Duke Monahan
Kathleen Chalfant ... Pam Frailes
Khan Baykal ... Dinesh Patel
Tom McCarthy ... Jeff Bauer
Wayne Duvall ... Ned Guston
Fabrizio Brienza ... Hotel Manager


Ray works for MI6, Claire for the CIA. She burns him in Dubai. Jump ahead five years: he sees her in Grand Central and confronts her. Both now work in industrial security for corporate giants whose CEOs hate each other. Flashbacks fill us in: is it coincidence that he sees her in Grand Central? In about a week, one of the firms is going to announce a revolutionary product. Under the guise of helping that corporation's rival, can Ray and Claire work their own theft and find an independent buyer? To work together, using the corporate rivalry to their advantage, they would have to trust one another - difficult, if not impossible. Or, is one playing the other? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Outwit. Outspy. Outsmart. Outplay. Then get out.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Clive Owen and Paul Giamatti also worked together in Shoot 'Em Up (2007). See more »


When Ray impersonate a pediatric cardiologist and meets Barbara Bofferd, he tells her that his team is waiting for him in Ethiopia to open a clinic there. Then he explains that he needs to go to Brussels to catch a flight to Nairobi, which does't make sense since Nairobi is in Kenya. See more »


Claire Stenwick: My caper's in the Bahamas. Where's yours?
Ray Koval: Cleveland.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the movie, we see images of the supporting characters while each actor is credited. However, when Claire and Ray are shown, Julia Roberts and Clive Owen's names aren't shown. See more »


Written and Performed by John H. Skehan III (as John Skehan)
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Romance, Comedy and Drama---It Has It All
12 March 2020 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

Set in the high-stakes world of corporate espionage, this is a film built on the interplay between writer/director and viewer. It jumps from the present to flashbacks repeatedly, every time revising the viewer's understanding of present-day action.

There is ambiguity in the intentions of Ray (Clive Owen) and Claire (Julia Roberts), rival agents who join forces, it seems, to pull off a big payday. This is a romance between two people who never trust anyone. Is such a thing possible? The film keeps us guessing as each flashback adds another layer of understanding, in effect rewriting the story.

One must pay attention to follow the narrative as it twists, turns, and doubles back on itself, but the payoff is worth it.

One of my favorite things about this film is the music. The film credits James Newton Howard, who has a nearly-endless list of compositional accomplishments. The accompaniment to the opening credits of this film is a good indication of what is to come musically.

Much like "The Thomas Crown Affair", comedy is interwoven with the drama in an enjoyable way. A strong cast, well directed, keeps things just light enough that the drama is not undercut.

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Release Date:

20 March 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,965,110, 22 March 2009

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2.35 : 1
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