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Confidence (2003)

Edward Burns , Dustin Hoffman , James Foley  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Edward Burns, Dustin Hoffman, Rachel Weisz, Andy Garcia, Morris Chestnut
  • Directors: James Foley
  • Writers: Doug Jung
  • Producers: Eberhard Kayser, Eric Kopeloff, John Sacchi, Marc Butan, Marco Mehlitz
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: September 16, 2003
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AGQ2E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,932 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Confidence" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Cast commentary
  • Director commentary
  • Writer commentary
  • Sundance Channel Presents "Anatomy of a Scene"
  • Music videos

Editorial Reviews

Experienced con artist Edward Burns forms a team to swindle a mob-linked L.A. bank for millions. The reason? To pay off a debt to dangerous club owner Dustin Hoffman, who had one of Burns' partners rubbed out. How far the double- and triple-crosses go is anyone's guess in this exciting thriller. Rachel Weisz, Andy Garcia, Franky G, and Robert Forster also star; James Foley ("Glengarry Glen Ross") directs. 97 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English, Spanish; audio commentary; music videos; deleted scenes; featurette; more.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Entertaining Film July 20, 2003
By A Customer
Underseen in theaters due to an underwhelming marketing campaign and the limited draw of Edward Burns, this film is loads of fun and very unpredictable. Dustin Hoffman and Andy Garcia are both the best they've been in years and the last twist blew me away. If you are a fan of The Sting, you'll love this film.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars coming in under the radar August 22, 2003
Well - excellent movie, clever plot, clever dialogues, great performances ( Dustin Hoffman (cast against type) is interestingly creepy, Rachel Weisz is pure "bait with brains" and Edward Burns (not really my favourite actor) comes over with a surprisingly great amount of suave confidence... as for the supporting cast - as good as the leads, Andy Garcia takes the cake, though ), moody soundtrack, and - just for once - in this almost "sucked-dry" genre of 'Heist' and 'Sting' movies, an unpredictable ending..... and while it skips over some of the the less interesting details of the sting's setup and planning (like some forgeries etc ), the story stays sound - especially through Burn's comments from off-screen filling in details, attitude and superstitions. It compares very well to "Oceans Eleven" but is less swinging, ironic and hip, much grittier with ugly stains showing through the gloss, and somewhat less certainty about the outcome.
As for the story - a group of conficence men pull off the wrong guy, or rather they con him out of the wrong money. Now, in debt to a local mobster (Hofmann ), they agree to trick an old enemy of said mobster out of several million bucks - and doing this with crooked cops, irritated gangsters and federal agents on their tail. Sounds simple, but like all good sting stories it has a cartload of double-dealing, backstabbing and corrupting gears busily shifting and turning. Rather surprisingly for a contemporary gangster/crime story the violence, while definitely there, is neither overwhelming nor sickeningly self-serving, the camera-work is hands on, and for once the world is at its most dangerous when it looks glossy, stylish and neat.
Of course everyone missed it on the big screen while watching the Hulk, Tomb Raider 2 and Charlies Angles : FT and cussing - go figure.
Just like the perfect con - you don't notice its excellence until it's over. Now wisen up guys and at least get the DVD. No regrets - trust me on this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Movie Rocks! April 29, 2004
By nina
Speaking as a lady who loves " heist " and " con man " films, this is now on the top of my list. I've passed this DVD up tons of times in stores but tonight I saw the film on Cinemax and instantly fell in love with it. It has all the elements needed for a good thief/con man movie: the handsome, cocky con man, the beautiful sidekick, corny criminals, funny crooked cops, and a talented veteran actor like Dustin Hoffman. Though Hoffman's part is more like a cameo, he makes his mark and sets the tone for the entire movie. I am not going to go into long details since other reviewers were kind enough to give more information.
Just know that I fully recommend this movie! If you like films like Heat, City of Industry, The Heist, Safe Men and The Score, well Confidence is something you cannot pass up. I'm buying the DVD and you definitely should too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Style over Substance October 22, 2007
Caper movies have been well served in the 90's and to some extent into the noughties. Movies like Ocean's Eleven, The Grifters, Heist and many others, have raised the bar for the con artist on the silver screen. `Confidence' aims high, and just scrapes over the bar, but without much room to spare.
The plot - well, it would spoil it to tell.. but even if I wanted to it would be difficult, as maze-like as it is. Suffice to say, when a con turns out to have inadvertently trodden on a ganglord's toes (Dustin Hoffman), the con-artist (Ed Burns) agrees to pull a huge job to get the money back and keep everyone happy... but who can anyone trust, and what is as it seems?
Great performances abound - the talent on display here is formidable through to the most minor of characters. However, for the most part these fantastic character actors are being called on to play parts which are by their definition artificial. It all works well for the plot, but the sheer cleverness of the whole thing does pull you out of the experience and constantly remind you that this is not real, just a movie.
Having said that, the script is fine, even if lacking that David Mamet style it so much wants to have. Dustin Hoffman in particular benefits from some juicy lines, chewing the scenery as his menacing though dwarf like ganglord with a predilection for sex of any kind. He looks for all the world like Eddy Jordan on speed, turned to a life of crime and hedonism. Ed Burns is a fine actor, but seems a little out of his depth, and Rachel Weisz plays the sexpot admirably well. In the end we do find a satisfying cleverness to the eventual proceedings - But without an investment in the characters that makes us really care one way or the other who did what to who.
It's a stylish movie, and worth watching, but one could have expected more from the talent involved. Watch it, enjoy, and forget it about 5 minutes later.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hardly a classic, BUT February 7, 2005
it's still an completely enjoyable film, with great dialogue, good acting (Hoffman and Garcia, even thought their roles are small, are tremendous, and the others are more than a notch or two above average, too), and while some of it may be predictable to caper-movie addicts, there are also a few neat little twists on the obvious. Definitely worth seeing. YOu may even find yourself wishing it were a little longer.

PS: And a BIG thanks to the reviewer who also pointed out that some people simply cannot comprehend what what "review" means and just give the whole film away. At least I'm not the only one who feels that way!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars who does not love rachel weisz?
&, i have been a fan of hoffman since 'the graduate', ..

not a super-great film, .. .but, much more than adequate!!

i enjoyed watching this film, .. Read more
Published 26 days ago by R. Holloway
5.0 out of 5 stars Confidence is a great movie!
An excellent cast with a twisting plot! I definitely recommend this movie! It will keep you guessing until the very end of the movie!
Published 1 month ago by Natalie Poths
2.0 out of 5 stars ok if your bored
Movie plot dragged at times. Andy Garcia's performance blah. Not good enough to keep me awake.
Very happy it was not expensive.
Published 5 months ago by B. Roberts
3.0 out of 5 stars time keeper
This movie is a good thing to watch in order to kill time,And by that I mean its good enough to keep your attention but won't hold you to your seat bing unable to make a move.
Published 9 months ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars confidence
a very unique and enjoyable movie. Edward Burns' portrayal is very good and Dustin Hoffman is great as a gangster.
Published 11 months ago by WUFFMAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Evie is very bad
You either love this movie or hate it. There's no ground in between for anything else. I bought the movie for the price and for Rachel Weisz Here the movie starts with the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Peter Mars
1.0 out of 5 stars Zero, or imploding, stars. Extremely violent opening...
A good story with good actors does not require the kind of opening trash that is in this movie. It was ejected after 7 seconds - at most. Nightmares, we can get from reality. Read more
Published on June 29, 2011 by M
4.0 out of 5 stars Always be confident in the Vig...
`Confidence' is an `Oceans-11' type Heist movie with its own unique personality. While he sticks to the genre formula, Director, James Foley, moves this film along at a steady,... Read more
Published on February 10, 2011 by KatieHepburn
4.0 out of 5 stars Confidence by Edward Burns, Morris Chestnut, Paul Giamatt
This is a con-mans dream movie. It has you going in one direction while pulling you in another.
There are so many twists in this film that as they reveal themselves you smile... Read more
Published on February 17, 2010 by Camera Guy
4.0 out of 5 stars Confidence-Great movie from a great cast
This is one of my favorite movies. Story moves ahead briskly with a cast that just delivers from start to finish. Read more
Published on October 22, 2009 by BluewaveTX
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