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Scenes of the Crime (2003)

Jeff Bridges , Jon Abrahams , Dominique Forma  |  R |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Jeff Bridges, Jon Abrahams, R. Lee Ermey, Mädchen Amick, Morris Chestnut
  • Directors: Dominique Forma
  • Writers: Dominique Forma, Amit Mehta, Daniel Golka
  • Producers: Bonnie Weis, Deborah Lee, Eberhard Kayser, James Spies
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Georgian, Chinese
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 30, 2003
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004YRI6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,660 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Scenes of the Crime" on IMDb

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When a routine delivery goes terribly wrong, young mob wheelman Lenny Burroughs (Jon Abrahams, TV's Boston Public ) finds himself holding Jimmy Berg (Jeff Bridges, Sea Biscuit)one of LA's top crime lordshostage in a van on a busy downtown street. Surrounded by Jimmy's bodyguards who are led by the ruthless Seth (Noah Wyle, TV's ER ), Lenny soon discovers he's secretly been working for rival mob boss Trevor Morrison (Brian Goodman), who's got a $7 million score to settle with Jimmy. Taking orders from Trevor over the phone, and negotiating in the van with the smooth-talking Jimmy, Lenny realizes he's exactly where he doesn't want to beright in the middle of a feud with two of the city's most ruthless and powerful gangsters.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprising Realism. November 29, 2003
Format:DVD
Based on a true story, the film speculates on the events of five murders that surrounded the kidnapping of an organized crime boss (Jeff Bridges). The kidnapping starts to go wrong, but is 'held together' by the innocent driver, despite his inexperience. It is obvious that the boy-driver is way out of his league, his new associates are professional criminals and killers, and it's curious that he's not 'taken out' from the beginning, but he's spared, and as a result of his choice to remain involved, his actions and inactions set off a series of unexpected circumstances.
This film has a surprising realism. Gangster films have almost become a single genre, and as viewers, we've been bombarded with that particular gangster 'type', and to a certain extent, have become desensitized to it. They're simply not dangerous anymore or don't evoke that needed fear and tension. In ~Scenes of the Crime~ these men came across to me as seriously dangerous, very dangerous; just to know these guys would be a liability. This is what made this film enjoyable, its decision to keep the story real and the actor's more than believable performances.
What this film lacks in big budget fanfare, it more than makes up in excellent directing, editing and great acting from the entire cast.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile Character-Driven Thriller January 31, 2004
By snalen
Format:DVD
Jon Abrahams is Lenny who's not really one of the bed guys except in very small time ways, doing the occasional driving job for some gangster types he knows. Then one day he finds himself in way over his head as everything goes very badly wrong. He is the guy driving the van when Rick (Peter Greene) kidnaps bigshot gangster Jimmy Berg (Bridges) at the orders of bigshot ganster Trevor who wants some leverage with Jimmy's partner bigshot ganster Steve. But then Steve's men catch them up and suddenly Rick is dead on the pavement leaving Lenny alone in the van with Jimmy as hostage, parked (illegally) out in a city street with Steve's men all around him armed to the teeth. This is naturally all rather stressful for the poor man. Jimmy seems all sweet and reasonable and insists that Lenny just has to let him go on his way and all will be well. But his henchmen, especially the main guy Seth, are just as scary as can be - so can Lenny really be sure they won't just casually waste him the moment their boss is safe? Tricky call. And then before long here is Trevor on the cellphone to Lenny telling him to be sure he doesn't let his prisoner go and clearly he's in trouble if he does. So now the challenge of figuring out who to trust and what in the world to do is getting desperate indeed...
It's a short film on a generally modest scale. It's nothing terribly special but it's certainly a very decent, nicely directed, intelligent, character-driven thriller well worth checking out. In its protracted focus on a single hopelessly pressured individual stuck in the middle of a city street waiting out a desperate situation and expecting to be shot at any second, it rather calls Schumacher's "Phone Booth" to mind but is a great deal better. The direction is taut, the intrigue and suspense nicely maintained.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great movie! November 20, 2004
Format:DVD
I thought this was a very good movie. I'll spare you the plot summary since it's probably better if you just read the back of the DVD case and pop it in and watch it. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. Highly recommended for those that like "caper" or "gangster" movies with a twist.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Subtle, realistic and great acting October 21, 2007
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I love gangster movies, but sometime they are so over the top, that the realism just fades away. This movie was different. As the plot has been explored in other reviews, I found the tie in of the various characters to work just fine. Excellent acting chops were displayed by Jeff Bridges, Peter Greene and Brian Goodman and I could not even stop the DVD to get a drink of water. That is how much I enjoyed this film.

Brian Goodman should be a major star. He is subtle, sexy and scary....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TRULY SATISFYING June 14, 2007
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The first really good movie I've seen in years. Never lets up and everything is tied together in the end in a nice little package. Most enjoyable.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's certainly different ... March 5, 2004
Format:DVD
While I am a great fan of Jeff Bridges, this movie fell short of his powerful acting abilities...yet intrigued me throughout.
So, how to describe this strange, convoluted film? There is a certain Tarantino-esque quality to the story line, which is revealed through bizaar actions and dialogue. I was involved in the film, and shocked by its sudden ending. Yet, what other ending would have been possible for the reluctant hero.
If you like the slow revelation of who is who, and why pieces fall as they do, then this is a good film for a rainy night. I'd say it's probably a "B-" film, but I do not feel as if I wasted my time watching it. Instead, I still think about the twists and the way all of the characters eventually came together.
Only three stars worth of fascination though.
Victoria Tarrani
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