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Flawless (2007)

Demi Moore , Michael Caine , Michael Radford  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Demi Moore, Michael Caine, Yemi Ajibade, Constantine Gregory, David Henry
  • Directors: Michael Radford
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 3, 2008
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001662FIW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,260 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Flawless" on IMDb

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It would be overpraise to propose that Flawless reviews itself with its title, but... how about "supremely decorous"? It is, at any rate, a film that merits a grateful salute from audiences weary of being beaten about the head and shoulders in pursuit of an engrossing caper movie. A plot to make off with a fortune in gems from England's premier diamond company unfolds without explosions, vrooming vehicles, or rapid-fire shootouts. It's like a feature-length variation on those sly, soft-spoken Alfred Hitchcock Presents episodes of the '50s, with the patient accumulation of mood, detail and character leading to wry twists and satisfying revelations. We are in 1960 and a London not yet disposed to swing. Laura Quinn (Demi Moore), the lone female officer of London Diamond Corporation, is smarter and more capable than her male colleagues, but that doesn't deter the company from promoting them over her while profiting from her talents. This has long since gotten old, so when Mr. Hobbs (Michael Caine), the mild-mannered night janitor, enlists her in a scheme to fill his thermos with two million pounds' worth of diamonds from the vault, she listens. Suffice it to say that the vault is penetrated according to plan--and then the real tension sets in. Things are not what they seem, even to those supposedly in the know (us, for instance), and distrust springs up between the conspirators as they find themselves under close scrutiny by a steely investigator (Lambert Wilson).

All this is intelligently scripted by Edward A. Anderson (a maiden effort) and directed by Michael Radford with a crisp, unostentatious eye; the cold interiors of the Lon Di headquarters, generically oppressive on first sight, take on a nuanced familiarity as the place where, for the most part, Laura Quinn spends her life. Demi Moore--scarlet lips in a black-and-grey world--admirably catches Laura's not-quite-smothered ambition and frustration without breaking her cover, as it were. Michael Caine couldn't be better as Hobbs, an invisible man in plain sight (how many viewers fail to notice his first appearance in the film?); he's the master of his trade, but you knew that. There's a framing story, set more or less in the present, which seems to be an obligatory bow to feminism but sets up a tease or two of its own, then adds yet another twist to the proceedings. --Richard T. Jameson

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This clever diamond-heist thriller stars Demi Moore, who plays Laura Quinn, a bright, driven, and beautiful executive at the London Diamond Corporation who finds herself frustrated by a glass ceiling. Michael Caine is Hobbs, the nighttime janitor who obse

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36 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost "Flawless" July 29, 2008
Format:DVD
Laura Quinn (Demi Moore) is a rarity for 1960. She is a Vice President with the world's largest diamond wholesaler, based in London. She watches in frustration as all of her male co-workers are promoted around her, leaving her with the same responsibilities, the same office, the same schedule. She comes in early every day and leaves last every night, yet her boss Sir Milton Ashtoncroft (Joss Ackland) doesn't seem to notice. Ashtoncroft is a shady character at best, but Quinn realizes she will never be able to get a comparable job anywhere else. Mr. Hobbs (Michael Caine), one of the many janitors, has worked for the same company for years. In his nightly rounds, he has made observations and approaches Ms. Quinn with an idea. He could, with her assistance, steal a small handful of diamonds from the company vault, enough to set them each up for a long time. They could each escape the lives they are trapped in. Quinn is dubious but Mr. Hobbs shows her how he would do it, and she is on board. But it looks like Mr. Hobbs has other ideas and other motives.

"Flawless", directed by Michael Radford ("Il Postino") is an interesting, overlooked film. At it's heart, "Flawless" is a caper film "based on a true story", but it presents so many other ideas and themes, making it more complex and watch able.

Michael Caine is, as always, great. Mr. Hobbs is the kindly old man you see hobbling along, happy with his place in life, always eager and willing to do his job. But as we learn more and more about him, we see there are many other levels to his character. Caine is a great actor, a subtle actor and he reveals these layers slowly making them more believable and surprising. It isn't Caine's best performance ever, but Mr. Hobbs is immensely watch able.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars first-class caper film October 19, 2008
Format:DVD
Set in London in 1960, the aptly named "Flawless" features Demi Moore as Laura Quinn, the first woman to become senior negotiator at Lon Di, the world's premier diamond firm. However, Quinn has pretty much hit the glass ceiling career-wise with the company, and when she discovers that she is about to be let go from the firm, she agrees to join forces with the night janitor (Michael Caine) in his plan to rob the vault of a thermos-full of uncut diamonds.

"Flawless" is a good old-fashioned caper tale done with an abundance of wit, intelligence and style and just enough twists and turns in the plot to keep the audience on its toes throughout. Moore and Caine make a perfect team as the duo plotting the heist, while director Michael Radford generates enough suspense for a dozen average thrillers. The script by Edward Anderson even manages to squeeze in some points about early '60's feminism and South African apartheid along the way.

Definitely worth seeing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Big girls need big diamonds June 13, 2008
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Heist films invariably follow a formula of sorts--there's the Plan, the Execution, and the Getaway. These are the elements that provide the fun in watching capers to begin with. The cleverer these elements, the more fun. In "Flawless," the plan requires no maps, no tunneling, no gizmos, and no crew; heck, not even a getaway car. The execution is nothing more than opening an impenetrable vault, and the getaway is...well, it simply requires the elderly thief to hobble away and shuffle on home.

Not a flawless gem, but a gem nonetheless, "Flawless" is an entertaining romp through 1960s London where a clever and extremely profitable jewel heist is perpetrated by two unlikely partners in crime. Michael Caine stars as Mr. Hobbs, a long-time janitor at London Diamond Corporation, a distributor of diamonds to six continents. Mr. Hobbs will be retiring soon and would like a healthier nest egg than what his pension will provide. In same company is Demi Moore as Laura Quinn, a career-driven, Oxford-educated manager whose lacquered coiffure can't penetrate the proverbial glass ceiling despite her dedication and brains. Soon to be ousted, she's persuaded by Hobbs to be his accomplice in the theft of a mere Thermos-ful of stones, just enough to make them both rich, but not enough to make a noticeable dent in Lon Di's two-ton inventory of uncut diamonds.

There's far more to this story than meets the eye and we'd be mistaken to think that it's all about the money. Hobbs' true motivation and the cleverness of the actual heist will surprise. The film also attempts to inject some social awareness in here, what with the exploitation of S. Africa for its diamonds and the popularity of the film `Blood Diamond.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Elegant Old School Heist April 7, 2011
By MadMacs
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I'm a huge fan of heist flicks and this one is truly memorable.

One of the very few Demi Moore productions that I can honestly say works perfectly. No weak plot holes, no imperfect characterizations, no wasted or wasteful verbiage, timing or editing. Just like the stones they manage - it's been cut perfectly.

Additionally, if there were ever a film that truly celebrates women WITHOUT the pathetic Hollywood clichés that consistently find their way into so called 'empowerment' flicks - this is it. I can't recommend this enough to any woman, young or old, who won't be inspired by Moore's performance as Laura Quinn - the strong, bold and energetic professional consistently pre-judged and passed over by lesser individuals simply because she was female.

A revealing peek into the inequalities and injustices that women faced in the early days of the postwar business world. One that is sadly authentic and accurate. But her response to the continual professional and personal indignities is wickedly wonderful.

This is likely my favorite performance by Ms. Moore. A quiet and substantial role that should've garnered a lot more attention by the award committees. And for me personally, a major, major uptick in respect for her as a thespian.

And yet another sublime role for the inimitable Michael Caine as the quiet Mr. Hobbs, janitor and general nobody. He delivers these performances with such ease that I suspect we take them, and him, for granted. Try to imagine another performer in this role - the list is exceedingly brief.

Like any good heist flick, there are several excellent twists - enough for even the most jaded of fans to be kept guessing. Just what is Mr. Hobbs' end game?
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4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD MOVIE!!!!
Got it because it was cheap and I'd never seen it. It was a good movie! I would recommend it for sure.
Published 14 hours ago by AVIS B
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Cast, Unexpected Plot
The glass ceiling and class prejudice in the world of blood diamonds and high finance in '60s London. Read more
Published 17 days ago by John Harvey
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawless
Was recommended this movie by a co-worker and I really enjoyed it! Demi and Michael wowed me with this one!! This is a Must See
Published 1 month ago by Laura L. Wyatt
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
This was slow and boring. I kept waiting for Demi to add some excitement to the plot. Didn't happen. Why did she choose to do this movie.
Published 1 month ago by Julie Kozacek
4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected
This novel started off very slowly, but had a great finish. You'll never guess what happened to tons of diamonds.
Published 1 month ago by William Goccia
5.0 out of 5 stars flawless demi moore
excellent movie , good see. well thought out and put together. the only thing I wish I could have all those darn diamonds. a must to watch. demi moore was great in this movie
Published 2 months ago by kk
3.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining crime flick
Michael Cain would be interesting reading the phonebook and he clearly carries this movie. Demi does one of her better jobs (which is not saying a lot). Read more
Published 2 months ago by D. Oppenheimer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!
Never been a huge fan of Demi Moore. Now I am. She was wonderful. She had a depth of portraying the main character that I didn't expect from her. What a great actor. Read more
Published 2 months ago by SV Wade
5.0 out of 5 stars fun
Aweosme heist movie Cain is amazing as always. Demi doe s a splendid job and really captures the character and the period
Published 2 months ago by Colin Bridge
5.0 out of 5 stars kept me watching until the end
Michael Cain and Demi Moore play great roles together and should do it again. She plays a part that I've never seen before and it works for her. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lisa
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