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Confidence (2003)

Edward Burns , Dustin Hoffman , James Foley  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 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: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AGQ2E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,065 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

Bathed in self-conscious cool, "Confidence" is a heist caper in which the heist is unimportant. As you might expect from "Glengarry Glen Ross" director James Foley, this pulpy concoction is more interested in giving good actors a lot of hip, salty dialogue as they scheme their way to the royal scam. It's a poor man's "Ocean's Eleven", just as enjoyable in its own way, beginning when con artist Jake (Edward Burns) discovers he's accidentally stolen from an eccentric crime boss (Dustin Hoffman, oozing threat in a fine character turn). Promising to make amends by pulling the biggest con of his career, Jake adds a feisty pickpocket (Rachel Weisz) to his crew, which includes scene-stealer Paul Giammatti and Andy Garcia as a disheveled FBI agent (or is he?). With a cast like this you can't go wrong, but "Confidence" cons itself into thinking it's original, while Burns's abundant voice-overs state the obvious and plot twists unfold with minimal surprise. It hardly matters; "Confidence" may be derivative, but it's still recommendable. "--Jeff Shannon"

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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
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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
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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1 of 0 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The pieces of the puzzle just don't fit March 18, 2007
One way to satisfy your movie audience is to give them a nice surprise ending. Unfortunately, vetrans of this genre may see the "surprise" coming long before it is officially due. And once the oh-I-didn't-see-that-one-coming trap is sprung, you don't want to look too closely at how the pieces of the puzzle fit together; cause they don't. Interstingly, a tag line of the movie is that con games don't hold up if closely scrutinized. The writers should have taken their own advice.

For a great example of the con game genre check out "House of Games", starring Joe Mantegna. It's a great ride, with a cohesive, keeps-you-guessing plot.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning January 30, 2004
This Movie is clearly one of the best movies of 2003. With a great cast of actors (Ed Burns, Andy Garcia, Rachel Weisz, and Dustin Hoffman) you can't help but be interested in this movie. Granted this isn't the first heist movie to come out, but it is clearly one of the best. From the start of the movie to the end you will be sitting on the "edge" of your seat waiting to see what happens. You might even find yourself cursing and warning the actors without even realizing they can't hear you. With a great opening line (So, im lying here dead) and one of the best endings around you can't help but smile when it all comes together nicely. This is one of those movies that you will be talking about days after you have seen it, and will instantly become a classic in anyone's collection. This is one movie that has to be seen to be believed. Without spoiling much or anything for that matter the plot may confuse, but when the end wraps it up you will understand everything. Rent it, buy it, just see the movie and you will agree that this is a great movie too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring .....
Boring . Hoffman was irritation and there was no chemistry between the leads
Published 1 month ago by Pushpjeet Kanwar
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent cast.
Published 2 months ago by F.C. Boone, NC.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very satisfied!
Published 2 months ago by judy dillon-cantu
4.0 out of 5 stars but I can still see this film as having good plot twists for the...
If you're a cinephile with a lot of experience in heist movies, you might find this one to be predictable, but I can still see this film as having good plot twists for the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dharma Monkey
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It was pretty good, easy to watch.
Published 2 months ago by Sheeeeaaaaaa
4.0 out of 5 stars Good plot
The reason I don't give it 5 stars is the excessive bad language. Like Curly Howard once said, "Yeah, but I know the woids. Read more
Published 4 months ago by The Purple Heart
4.0 out of 5 stars Review for DVD version of confidence
If you like twists and turns with some edge and a little violence you'll probably like this. Its got a great cast--Edward Burns,Andy Garcia,Dustin Hoffman, and Rachel 4 a little... Read more
Published 5 months ago by g
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 6 months 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 7 months 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 11 months ago by B. Roberts
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