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Scenes Of The Crime [DVD] [2003]

4.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Jeff Bridges, Jon Abrahams, R. Lee Ermey, Mädchen Amick, Morris Chestnut
  • Directors: Dominique Forma
  • Writers: Dominique Forma, Amit Mehta, Daniel Golka
  • Producers: Bonnie Weis, Deborah Lee, Eberhard Kayser, James Spies
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Dec. 2003
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000DG5MQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,934 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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When a routine delivery goes terribly wrong, young mob wheelman Lenny Burroughs (Jon Abrahams, TV's Boston Public ) finds himself holding Jimmy Berg (Jeff Bridges, Sea Biscuit)one of LA's top crime lordshostage in a van on a busy downtown street. Surrounded by Jimmy's bodyguards who are led by the ruthless Seth (Noah Wyle, TV's ER ), Lenny soon discovers he's secretly been working for rival mob boss Trevor Morrison (Brian Goodman), who's got a $7 million score to settle with Jimmy. Taking orders from Trevor over the phone, and negotiating in the van with the smooth-talking Jimmy, Lenny realizes he's exactly where he doesn't want to beright in the middle of a feud with two of the city's most ruthless and powerful gangsters.

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If you are like fast action thrillers, this is not for you. But if you like films that keep you watching, even when there appears to be nothing much happening, then this is for you.

The story revolves around a young driver, Lenny (Jon Abrahams), who is working for a gangster. After the kidnapping of an enemy mobster, Jimmy Berg (Jeff Bridges), an argument erupts between the two groups with Lenny caught in the middle.

A lot of the film is simply Jeff Bridges and Jon Abrahams inside a van - and like any good theatre, it's compelling as the question Lenny has to answer is "whose side should I take?"

If the film had a bigger budget, it could have been one of those really classy films like Bullitt. As it is, it has shades of Hitchcock irony and suspense, and a good ending.

It's based on a true story, and I've given it four stars because you don't see films shot in this way very often and the acting is very good. It's also great because (apart from at the start) there isn't a very loud soundtrack. You can actually hear what the actors are saying!

I bought mine for a really low price and it was delivered within 5 days.
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I watched this with expectations of a big loud million police at the scene type hostage situation and was pleasantly surprised at the utter ordinariness of the hostage scene.The denoument was a real surprise and well worth the wait.
A darned good movie.
Bridges was excellent.
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The pleasure's in the intricacy of the dialogue .
Not one to be watched if you're going to be disturbed.
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Excellent movie, had to buy
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Amazon.com: 3.4 out of 5 stars 13 reviews
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprising Realism. 29 Nov. 2003
By C. Middleton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Based on a true story, the film speculates on the events of five murders that surrounded the kidnapping of an organized crime boss (Jeff Bridges). The kidnapping starts to go wrong, but is 'held together' by the innocent driver, despite his inexperience. It is obvious that the boy-driver is way out of his league, his new associates are professional criminals and killers, and it's curious that he's not 'taken out' from the beginning, but he's spared, and as a result of his choice to remain involved, his actions and inactions set off a series of unexpected circumstances.
This film has a surprising realism. Gangster films have almost become a single genre, and as viewers, we've been bombarded with that particular gangster 'type', and to a certain extent, have become desensitized to it. They're simply not dangerous anymore or don't evoke that needed fear and tension. In ~Scenes of the Crime~ these men came across to me as seriously dangerous, very dangerous; just to know these guys would be a liability. This is what made this film enjoyable, its decision to keep the story real and the actor's more than believable performances.
What this film lacks in big budget fanfare, it more than makes up in excellent directing, editing and great acting from the entire cast.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile Character-Driven Thriller 31 Jan. 2004
By snalen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Jon Abrahams is Lenny who's not really one of the bed guys except in very small time ways, doing the occasional driving job for some gangster types he knows. Then one day he finds himself in way over his head as everything goes very badly wrong. He is the guy driving the van when Rick (Peter Greene) kidnaps bigshot gangster Jimmy Berg (Bridges) at the orders of bigshot ganster Trevor who wants some leverage with Jimmy's partner bigshot ganster Steve. But then Steve's men catch them up and suddenly Rick is dead on the pavement leaving Lenny alone in the van with Jimmy as hostage, parked (illegally) out in a city street with Steve's men all around him armed to the teeth. This is naturally all rather stressful for the poor man. Jimmy seems all sweet and reasonable and insists that Lenny just has to let him go on his way and all will be well. But his henchmen, especially the main guy Seth, are just as scary as can be - so can Lenny really be sure they won't just casually waste him the moment their boss is safe? Tricky call. And then before long here is Trevor on the cellphone to Lenny telling him to be sure he doesn't let his prisoner go and clearly he's in trouble if he does. So now the challenge of figuring out who to trust and what in the world to do is getting desperate indeed...
It's a short film on a generally modest scale. It's nothing terribly special but it's certainly a very decent, nicely directed, intelligent, character-driven thriller well worth checking out. In its protracted focus on a single hopelessly pressured individual stuck in the middle of a city street waiting out a desperate situation and expecting to be shot at any second, it rather calls Schumacher's "Phone Booth" to mind but is a great deal better. The direction is taut, the intrigue and suspense nicely maintained. The nicest thing about it is the contrast, that so freaks Lenny out, between the apparently very nice and reasonable (Here, have some of my sandwich, trust me, I want to help you...) Jimmy, excellently played by Bridges, and the marvellously scary and unpleasant Seth, perfectly played by Noah Wyle, lurking outside the van with his creepy smile...
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Subtle, realistic and great acting 21 Oct. 2007
By Satisfied Lone Wolf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I love gangster movies, but sometime they are so over the top, that the realism just fades away. This movie was different. As the plot has been explored in other reviews, I found the tie in of the various characters to work just fine. Excellent acting chops were displayed by Jeff Bridges, Peter Greene and Brian Goodman and I could not even stop the DVD to get a drink of water. That is how much I enjoyed this film.

Brian Goodman should be a major star. He is subtle, sexy and scary....
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great movie! 21 Nov. 2004
By S. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I thought this was a very good movie. I'll spare you the plot summary since it's probably better if you just read the back of the DVD case and pop it in and watch it. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. Highly recommended for those that like "caper" or "gangster" movies with a twist.
4.0 out of 5 stars Low Budget But That Doesn't Mean Bad 29 Nov. 2015
By James N Simpson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This is a low budget film, I didn't know anything about it when I watched it and that's probably the best way to do so. It does involve rival underworld gangster types clashing, but not in any God Father type way. This movie's sets are the inside of a couple of houses, the inside of a sparsely stocked convenience store, the front seats of a few four wheel drives and mostly the interior of a van. The plot revolves around that van parked in the street with a top mafia guy tied up in the back, his kidnapper is dead and the casual driver who is out of his depth trapped in the van with a gun, while the kidnapped man's men who killed the kidnappers sit in their cars waiting instruction in their cars on the street around the van. It is a little slow paced but if you don't mind that, it's not a bad movie. Obviously not one you'd want to put in your player when you're half asleep after a long day at work.

The acting from some of the mafia people isn't the greatest. Noah Wyle (ER) tries to come across as this scary and capable main heavy, but you'll find him more amusing than believable. The convenience store owners were a bit weird. Supposedly this is based on a true story but how much artistic licence is anyone's guess. I would have thought if it went down like is shown the driver would have been shot in two seconds. The movie also sums up what happened at the end in one of those text spiel wrap ups which was quite annoying, rather than film a scene or two showing that playing out.
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