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Matchstick Men [DVD] [2003] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 13.3 x 1.9 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 91 g
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  • Item model number: B00012QLB4
  • ASIN: B00012QLB4
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 20 Jun. 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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MATCHSTICK MEN (WIDESCREEN EDITION MOVIE


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By - topcat - VINE VOICE on 28 Feb. 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is film making at it's peak, absolutely fantastic. Nicolas Cage is at his best and on home ground playing the conman Roy who suffers from compulsive obsessive disorder in this crime story with a twist. The acting all round is superb, Sam Rockwell as Roy's business partner Frank, and Alison Lohman as Cage's 14 year old daughter. I won't go into the story as that would ruin it, but if you like your films slick and clever with a original story then you can't get much better than this. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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Meet Roy and Frank, a couple of professional small-time con artists. What Roy, a veteran of the grift, and Frank, his ambitious protégé, are swindling these days are "water filtration systems," bargain-basement water filters bought by unsuspecting people who pay ten times their value in order to win bogus prizes like cars, jewelry and overseas vacations--which they never collect. These scams net the flim-flam men a few hundred here, another thousand there, which eventually adds up to a lucrative partnership. Roy's private life, however, is not so successful. An obsessive-compulsive agoraphobe with no personal relationships to call his own, Roy is barely hanging on to his wits, and when his idiosyncrasies begin to threaten his criminal productivity he's forced to seek the help of a psychoanalyst just to keep him in working order. While Roy is looking for a quick fix, his therapy begets more than he bargained for: the revelation that he has a teenage daughter--a child whose existence he suspected but never dared confirm. What's more troubling, 14-year-old Angela wants to meet the father she never knew. At first, Angela's appearance disrupts her neurotic father's carefully ordered routine. Soon, however, with his own unique spin on parenthood, Roy begins to enjoy a relationship he never dreamed of having with his daughter. But while he develops paternal feelings for the 14-year-old, she's developing a fascination with Daddy's questionable career.
'Matchstick Men' is hilarious film with an unpredictable twist. Definately one to treasure
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By Mr. Joe HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 July 2004
Format: DVD
For Nicolas Cage fans, MATCHSTICK MEN is a treat diluted only by the knowledge that Cage wasn't even nominated for an Oscar-worthy performance.
Cage is Roy, teamed with partner Frank (Sam Rockwell); both are con artists, or "Matchstick Men". As the film opens, we watch as the two cash in on a scam that enables them to plunder the bank account of an elderly couple.
Roy is also an obsessive-compulsive with phobias for dirt and the outdoors. Without his medication, Roy gets twitchy. One day, he accidentally knocks his pill supply down the kitchen sink. Bad timing, since his psychiatrist drug supplier is out of town. On Frank's advice, Roy visits a new shrink, Dr. Klein (Bruce Altman), to whom he admits a previous marriage abandoned some fourteen years previous when his wife was pregnant. Through Klein's intercession, Roy is put in touch with his teenage daughter, Angela (Alison Lohman), who's always been curious about Old Dad. Indeed, against her Mom's wishes, she appears on Roy's doorstep to spend a long weekend. Roy is alternatively smitten with paternal affection and acute anxiety over the dirt Angela tracks onto his carpet. Klein believes the girl's presence is good therapy.
MATCHSTICK MEN is about scammers and cons, so, by the time the credits roll, you shouldn't be too surprised at the general storyline, which is one oft seen before. What elevates the film is the intensity of Cage's extraordinary performance as the mentally tortured lead. We've watched Nicolas do this previously in LEAVING LAS VEGAS and BRINGING OUT THE DEAD. Cage is apparently not one for whom a role is simply a facade easily sluiced away at the end of the day's shoot.
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Matchstick Men is a great movie. And prooves who ever doubted Nicholas Cage's acting skill wrong by giving an insparational performance, as the mentally disturbed con man. With an inventive story line, and strong supporting cast, I think that this is one of most underated films in recent years.
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By J. Neal VINE VOICE on 9 April 2004
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It's a fact that Ridley Scott is my favourite director, having made some archetypal examples of various genres in his career, redefining science fiction, for example, with Alien and Blade Runner and even his lesser known films, understated classics such as The Duellists, bring a polished finesse to the screen; undoubtedly, when Scott makes a movie, we should all sit up and take notice. Scott's marvellous pedigree is no less in evidence in his latest creation Matchstick Men, which marks something of a change of emphasis for the British born director, it doesn't sit comfortably in a niche genre, it's not really a blockbuster either; rather, it is mainstream, pleasant and has a wider appeal than his usual fare. The title, US slang for conmen, tells the story of a pair of con artists and their dubious methods of enrichment; Nicholas Cage, as the lead, takes us on a neurosis fuelled journey through a remarkably well-defined lifestyle and along the way we are introduced to a long-lost daughter, some dubious psychiatry and one last big scam, all of which are executed with a polish and professionalism that never fails to be amusing, whilst the issues that are exposed are nonetheless deadly serious.
As ever with Scott's works, the often mundane camera fodder is imbued with a stylish ingredient that makes everything look just right and beyond this, the soundtrack is perfectly in tune with the spirit of the film, adding an easy-listening feel, to the easy-viewing quality that the movie has in abundance. In truth, this film is so well constructed that there's no effort involved in absorbing it, there are no rough edges or dubious devices employed to further the plot, it's eminently digestible and ultimately agreeable and without giving anything away, it has hidden depths which only add to the flavour. All in all, a wonderful, freewheeling and relaxed movie that will appeal to almost everyone, recommended very highly indeed.
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