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Safe Men - Collector's Edition (1998)

Sam Rockwell , Steve Zahn , John Hamburg  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sam Rockwell, Steve Zahn, Paul Giamatti, Mark Ruffalo, Harvey Fierstein
  • Directors: John Hamburg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: August 15, 2006
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FIMG7C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,100 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Safe Men - Collector's Edition" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Director John Hamburg and Actors Sam Rockwell and Steven Zahn
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Tick: Director John Hamburg's Student Film

  • Editorial Reviews

    Product Description

    For the first time on DVD, from comic filmmaker John Hamburg (Meet the Parents, Zoolander, Along Came Polly, Meet the Fockers) comes this offbeat tale of inept lounge singers Sam (Sam Rockwell, Matchstick Men) and Eddie (Steve Zahn, Out of Sight), who find themselves breaking into the burglary biz when they're mistaken by a low-level mobster (Paul Giamatti, Sideways) for the best safecrackers in town.Now two guys who can't carry a tune are carrying off a series of hysterical heists in this comic gem that critics hailed as "the most original comedy of the year" (Newsday).

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    A great cast injects energy into Safe Men, an oddball cult comedy about two would-be musicians (Steve Zahn, Happy, Texas, and Sam Rockwell, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind) who get mistaken for master safecrackers by a second banana gangster (Paul Giamatti, Sideways). The plot revolves around the hapless pair being forced into a series of robberies, but really it's just an excuse for amusing scenes of men clumsily grappling with their emotions, struggling to express themselves, accepting loss, fighting to command respect, and much more. Writer/director John Hamburg went on to write the screenplays for Zoolander, Meet the Parents, and Along Came Polly, but Safe Men is both sweeter and subtler than those box office hits. Mark Ruffalo (You Can Count on Me), Michael Lerner (Barton Fink), Harvey Fierstein (Torch Song Trilogy), and Peter Dinklage (The Station Agent) round out the excellent cast, accompanied by Christina Kirk in her movie debut; she more than holds her own as a woman who's far more emotionally direct than any of the men around her. --Bret Fetzer

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    13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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    A BAD lounge act is mistaken for the top safe cracking team in Rhode Island, and tries to fake their way through.

    Jewish mobsters, country jam samplers, sweet moustaches, low quality knock-off jeans, and one wierd prosthetic pepper a great comedy. The movie introduces, but then quickly abandons the cliche'd plot device of the "need-some-money-before-next-Tuesday-clock". Instead it drives itself with the relationships, bent and wierd, but perceivable as real, between the characters. (Unlike the writing that drags around most of the lame-o comedies you see today.)

    Sam Rockwell is quietly assembling an impressive body of work. Take a look at this one and you can say stuff like "I was way into Sam Rockwell's early stuff a long time ago." and Steve Zahn remains hilarious even though he's the straight-man in this one. Paul Giamatti turns in another great effort, one of the many that have turned him from a borderline character actor into award winning leading man material. They play off of each other and the rest of the cast perfectly.

    The story has pretty wide appeal and I haven't run across anyone who hasn't enjoyed it, from my quasi-yuppy sister to my sports nut drinking buddies. Great for a date night, or just when you feel like watching something surprisingly warm, funny, wierd, and good. For comparison, its in that low-budget gem territory occupied by "Bottle Rocket" or "Napolean Dynamite".

    It's a crime that this thing didn't do better, expecially when you see repetitive "funny wig-and-voice" crap coming from the SNL vets making millions. Take a chance. You will laugh more than you did at Goldmember, smile almost constantly, and feel great when it all wraps up. Definitely needs a DVD release, and maybe a couple of showings on Comedy Central to prime the pump.
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    8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! A DVD release for Safe Men May 21, 2006
    Format:DVD
    This DVD has been a long time coming. Safe Men is a dialogue driven comedy that relies on subtle and dry humor to deliver its many punch lines. The story is that 2 rival Jewish gangs in Providence Rhode Island (One headed by Michael Lerner, the other by Harvey Fierstein) attempt to employ the use of 2 legendary safe crackers (Mark Ruffalo and Josh Pais). However, things go wrong when the safe crackers are mixed up by a comical henchman known as VealChop (played to perfection by Paul Giamatti) with 2 struggling lounge singers (Sam Rockwell and Steve Zahn). Hilarity then ensues as the lounge singers now have to prove themselves by cracking 3 safes.

    The movie shares many similarities to Bottle Rocket - it is a starting ground that features a cast of newcomers who have since gone on to become extremely succesful, the dialogue features incredible one liners and wit that will linger with you long after the closing credits, and the soundtrack is unique and particular.

    Much of Safe Men's testimony to greatness comes from the fact that it was a sort of starting ground for numerous folks - the cast today would read like an ensemble cast - Mark Ruffalo, Paul Giamatti, Steve Zahn, Sam Rockwell, Michael Lerner, Harvey Fierstein, Peter Dinklage, and Josh Pais. Not to mention the director - John Hamburg - who has gone on to write and direct many Ben Stiller projects.

    As for the DVD, the transfer is surprisingly good. The colors and images are well presented and the overall look is very clean. It's not a showpiece, but I've seen much worse. The commentary is decent but it is more nostalgic than enlightening. Much of it is the cast and crew laughing at themselves and saying "Oh, remember that! We were laughing so hard!" However, die hard fans will get something out of it.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars One of the best movies you've never seen November 27, 2004
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    I was extremely surprised and very dissapointed to discover that this movie wasn't available on DVD. I saw in on HBO while staying at a hotel and immediatly fell in love with it. The movie carries that same satirical, crime comedy that many other great movies by Quentin Tarantino and Guy Ritchie also have. As soon as I got back to my computer, I looked this movie up hoping to add it to my DVD collection, but I suppose it is one of those great cult films that will be forever underappreciated and lost in the flood of bad, unoriginal movies that clog the entertainment industry.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Id give it five stars, if only it were on DVD March 5, 2004
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    I know, I know... It's been said before. But I just wanted to reiterate that this is a movie that NEEDS a full on DVD. Hopefully, someone at Universal will read these reviews and figure out that they could make a buck by distrubitng this in DVD format. The movie itself is a great comedy, with well developed charecters (sometimes over the top, but clearly this is intentional), and the dialogue is just hilarious. This movie is a great example of what a good script combined with excellent casting can do for charecter interaction. It's always nice when you can see that the writer, director, and actors are all on the same sheet of music. Watch this movie if you want to laugh. If you don't like laughing, then I suggest you seek therapy. Oh, and watch this movie when you're cured.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars comedy where Sam Rockwell shines February 3, 2003
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    If you liked Sam Rockwell in "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind", check this comedy out. It takes the same sort of skewed perspective to appreciate and illustrates the actor's sharp timing and subtlety. The other reviews do a good enough job of explaining the story - but there is no way to explain the off-kilter vibe of this weird little comedy. The Jewish Mob. Shelly Hack. Harvey Fierstein as a fence. Paul Giamatti (Man on the Moon, Private Parts) as Porkchop, a low-level mob thug with "daddy issues". Killer script from one of the writers of "Meet the Parents", John Hamburg - who also directs.
    Hopefully the high profile "Confessions" will lead to this film's DVD release. For now, we fans will comprise a secret club. . . "nice 'stache, bro."
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    1.0 out of 5 stars Did not like the movie
    Did not like the movie. It went straight to the used store
    I purchased it because I like Sam Rockwell and it was only a few cents at least I didn't waste a lot of money
    Published 20 days ago by infrequent
    5.0 out of 5 stars Cult classic
    This is an awesome movie from mid-90's with stars of today before they were big. Not sure how well it did in the theaters, but it's got so many one-liners, you have to watch it... Read more
    Published 8 months ago by Don Holstein
    4.0 out of 5 stars A good Holiday Stocking Stuffer
    GReat movie. Giving it as a gift. I think more movies should be made that are wholesome and have true meaning. Very funny.
    Published 10 months ago by Commando Big
    5.0 out of 5 stars An acquired taste, but a gem nonetheless
    I searched out this movie after it appeared on Entertainment Weekly's list of the 50 Best Movies You've Never Seen. Read more
    Published 14 months ago by Lisa Garvin
    3.0 out of 5 stars Just ok
    I really did expect a lot more from this cast the interaction between the 2 leading men is very good but the story didn't really holdmy interest for very long.
    Published 15 months ago by Russell S
    1.0 out of 5 stars great actors - terrible movie
    Don't get excited by the collection of great actors. The movie is sub-par. Never really gets interesting and is painfully slow.
    Published 20 months ago by J. Dayton
    1.0 out of 5 stars Dumb and Dumber meets The Pink Panther ?
    This 1998 bomb is as horrible as the infamous Jack Black-Ben Stiller train wreck Envy, and that, my friends, is bad company. Read more
    Published 20 months ago by Jason Kirkfield
    1.0 out of 5 stars MAYBE IT'S ME, BUT I REALLY HATED THIS MOVIE.
    It has a GREAT cast--some of my favorites. I really TRIED, but I could not get through the whole movie. REALLY, I TRIED. It doesn't get much worse than this one.
    Published 21 months ago by Holly
    2.0 out of 5 stars Not Very Safe Men
    I purchased this DVD based on glowing recommendations from Amazon customers and Entertainment Weekly magazine. Sadly, my husband and I don't share their enthusiasm. Read more
    Published on September 8, 2012 by Karen Amrhein
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
    My husband and I had been on the look out for this movie for years! It was on HBO when it first came out and never to be seen on video. Read more
    Published on July 12, 2012 by Mamakaz
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