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Confidence

3.6 out of 5 stars 125 customer reviews

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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"

Special Features

  • Cast commentary
  • Director commentary
  • Writer commentary
  • Sundance Channel Presents "Anatomy of a Scene"
  • Music videos

Product Details

  • 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:
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    Restricted
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: September 16, 2003
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AGQ2E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,009 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Confidence" on IMDb

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By A Customer on 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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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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Speaking as a lady who loves " heist " and " con man " films, this is now on the top of my list. I've passed this DVD up tons of times in stores but tonight I saw the film on Cinemax and instantly fell in love with it. It has all the elements needed for a good thief/con man movie: the handsome, cocky con man, the beautiful sidekick, corny criminals, funny crooked cops, and a talented veteran actor like Dustin Hoffman. Though Hoffman's part is more like a cameo, he makes his mark and sets the tone for the entire movie. I am not going to go into long details since other reviewers were kind enough to give more information.
Just know that I fully recommend this movie! If you like films like Heat, City of Industry, The Heist, Safe Men and The Score, well Confidence is something you cannot pass up. I'm buying the DVD and you definitely should too.
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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 unsuspecting. Aside from that, it's still an altogether entertaining film with great acting and very few dull moments.

Edward Burns made for the perfect con man. He really made you question if any of his actions were genuine, because they all seemed equally genuine - a perfect con man.

At first I was skeptical of Dustin Hoffman being a mob boss with a sinister reputation, but he turned out to be an enormously entertaining eccentric that made for a refreshing change of pace. I must repent for ever doubting that Hoffman could pull off any roll.
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This is a movie about a group of con artists and a giant size con they're plotting to pull off.---If you like a flick with lots of twists and turns, some edge, some violence and some humor all rolled into one then you'll probably like this. ---Its got a great cast--Edward Burns,Andy Garcia,Dustin Hoffman, and Rachel 4 a little eye candy.--Its light fair yet pretty good with only a couple of overacted scenes . I love the interaction between Burns character and Hoffmans character.--- Its not an academy award winner but its fairly entertaining if you like the subject matter. I found the DVD picture quality fine.---I give it 4 stars
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This is the best con artist movie ever made. It is way better than Oceans Eleven, Matchstick Men and Catch Me If You Can.

Any time you think you know who is conning who, you will sure find out different.
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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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