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  • Actors: Samuel L. Jackson, Milla Jovovich, Stellan Skarsgård, Doug Hutchison, Joss Ackland
  • Directors: Bob Rafelson
  • Writers: Christopher Canaan, Dashiell Hammett, Steve Barancik
  • Producers: André Rouleau, Barry M. Berg, David Braun, David E. Allen
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 11, 2003
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CDRW4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,679 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Samuel L. Jackson (S.W.A.T., Basic, XXX), Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil, The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc), Stellan Skarsgard (The Glass House, Ronin), and Doug Hutchinson (The Green Mile, The Salton Sea) star in this pulse-pounding crime thriller based on a work by Dashiell Hammett and directed by the acclaimed Oscar(r) 1970, Five Easy Pieces, best picture nominee Bob Rafelson (Five Easy Pieces, Blood and Wine). A missing persons investigation escalates into a deadly game of cat and mouse when detective Jack (Jackson) is captured and held hostage by a gang of brutal thieves in the process of an elaborate bank robbery. Cruel mastermind Tyrone (Skarsgard), manipulative girlfriend Erin (Jovovich), and deranged henchman Hoop (Hutchinson) are locked in a dangerous web of deceit, double-cross and romantic intrigue, making Jack a pawn in the lethal high stakes plot. Against all odds,Erin and Jack find themselves erotically drawn to each other, igniting a volatile love triangle tha


Echoes of The Maltese Falcon reverberate through No Good Deed, a loose, updated adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's kidnapped-cop tale The House on Turk Street. Unfortunately, the film proves an interesting disaster at best, certain to leave fans of noir director Bob Rafelson (Blood and Wine) wondering what happened. Samuel L. Jackson plays lonely police detective and amateur cellist Jack Friar, whose search for a missing girl results in being taken captive by a motley gang of dreamers, lost souls, and psychopaths on the eve of a bank heist. Left alone with an armed but sympathetic, Russian-classical-pianist-turned-femme-fatale (Milla Jovovich), Jack finds someone to save. But the film's credulity is lost when Rafelson fails to convince us that Jack's honor-bound refusal to escape, despite a prime opportunity while nuzzling the defenseless Milla, is a good and honorable thing. One can feel authentic Hammett themes stirring here, but it's not enough. --Tom Keogh

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The ending isn't a big surprise but a decent one to watch.
Woods Writer
I am used to seeing Mr. Jackson play cops but what drew me to the film was his love for the cello.
Pamela L.
It started off good and then it went to crap all the way threw.
Michael Bolts

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tsuyoshi on November 2, 2003
Format: DVD
[Includes Mild Spoilers]

"No Good Deed" is based on Dashiell Hammett's short (and very short) story titled "The House on Turk Street" which is included in his book "The Continental Op." The original short story appeared in 1924, but as is often the case with film adaptations, the story is extended to cover its running time, perhaps stretched beyond its limit.

In this noir film, not an "op(erative)," but a cop Jack Friar plays the usual role of reluctant hero. Jack is asked to search the whereabout of a missing girl when he, being an amateur cellist, is about to join in the classic music festival. Against his better judgment, he promises to seek for her, and goes to "the house on Turk Street." Too late that he realizes he stepped into the wrong place where he, or any other cops, should not be.

There he encounters a motley group of criminals, who plan to get easy money. Captured by them, Jack has only his brain to rely on, to get away from this big trouble.

Be warned. This is a noir film, which means you cannot look for any conherent logics (can anyone summerize the plot of "Maltise Falcon"?) There are so many incredible decisions the characters make, or so many unbelievable coincidences. If you don't like these kinds of situations too good to be true, just forget about the film.

But the film looks beautiful as noir, and director is Bob Rafelson, who recently gave us atomospheric "Blood and Wine." "No Good Deed" has also equally credible sinister atmosphere, thanks to production designer Paul Peters and photographer Juan Luiz-Anchia. If you love this genre, you might find the film more engaging than other movie fans do.

As to actors. Sam Jackson is as good as ever (have we seen bad Sam Jackson?
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jenny on November 11, 2003
Format: DVD
I didn't have a chance to see this one in the theater but when I saw Samuel L. Jackson was in it I had to check it out. Let's say I wasn't disappointed. Jackson is cool as ever, but in this one he also shows a sensitive side. He plays a cop who's taken hostage by a band of theives. Stellan Skarsgard (you might remember him as the bad professor from Good Will Hunting) is great as the gang's leader. And so is Doug Hutchison (the creepy guard in The Green Mile) as Hoop. Both are in love with Milla Jovovich, but when she's left alone to guard the cop, some pretty interesting stuff happens that you won't want to miss. Jackson's menacing as always (with one high-octane speech at the end that is classic Samuel L) but Jovovich is sly, sneaky and sexy, all of which makes this cop wonder if he really wants to stop a robbery or if he just wants to disappear forever with the girl. A great ensemble cast, some really funny moments (the old couple the Quarres are quirky and fun), and some great music. This is certainly one to check out.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hiram Gomez Pardo HALL OF FAME on March 19, 2007
Format: DVD
To just only think about Bob Rafelson directing this film is by itself a solid warranty. That' s what it made to pay attention to this solid policeman that deals with a diabetic and cellist police officer who spends his holydays trying to perform Johannes Brahms ` Trio Op. 8, when suddenly his neighbor wants for him to help her to search his missed daughter. He will refuse, but soon h3 will change of mind and so he will live one of these awful experiences that the fate keeps for all who preserve the white room of the law.

Soon he will get involved about a very careful plan to robe 10 millions $, and the quartet formed nobody trusts in each other. A wounded and mentally disturbed woman, a repressive husband, and two other who pretend her each one to his own, will absorb you in this intriguing movie, plenty of those psychological devices that one really appreciates. Suggestive work illumination conforms a very advisable film to watch over and over.

Recommended without reserves, but never a classic.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Shashank Tripathi on July 31, 2004
Format: DVD
The script pecks in every conceivable direction, and a few inconceivable ones, but surely not as terribly as the reviews would suggest. It held my attention throughout its winded course.

The suspense scenes are fabulously constructed, revolving around universally appealing themes -- bank heist, kidnapping, layered romance, betrayal, and above all, some fabulous twists.

Part of the slick fun is trying to figure out what the characters have up their individual sleeves, what surprising turn each may have to dish out. Result, an alluring semi-noir in which the audience is not privy in advance to how they'll all get away with it, or even who the good or the bad guys are.

Towards the end, we fall into the net of one gratuitous turn too many, which the eventually simplistic plot clearly did not have an appetite to digest, but hey, overall it is pretty cleverly done. Renting, at least, may be a good deed indeed.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 10, 2003
Format: DVD
I've seen almost every Milla Jovovich film and this is her best yet. She plays Erin, a thief who has to decide between her feelings for a cop (Sam Jackson) and a ten million dollar bank heist score. There's a kick ass scene where she plays piano and they get all sexy. I think she was perfectly cast in this role. You totally get how every guy wouldn't be able to know what to do around her.
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