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Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Rating: PG13
Release Date: 22-JUN-2004
Media Type: DVD

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  • Actors: Andie MacDowell, Liam Neeson, Viggo Mortensen, Jack Thompson, Paul Spencer
  • Directors: Graeme Clifford
  • Writers: Michael Thomas, Robert Dillon
  • Producers: David Nichols, Haruki Kadokawa, Hiroshi Sugawara, Lloyd Phillips
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Dolby
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    PG-13
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: June 22, 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002235QW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,061 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Deception" on IMDb

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By S. J. Culbertson on May 17, 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Back in the late 80's and early 90's a few Japanese producers were keen to break into mainstream hollywood. Sadly, the films the Japanese got involved with were things like Last Action Hero, Solar Crisis and this.....Ruby Cairo. Too bad they lost their shirts.

Ruby Cairo, however, deserves a lot more praise than the aforementioned.

Andie MacDowell stars as a housewife with three kids living out in suburbia near the airport. Her seemingly no good husband,played by Viggo Mortenson in one of his very early roles, runs his own airplane salvage company and spends months away from home.

When her husband burns up in a crash in Mexico his remains are delivered to MacDowell and she goes across the border to bury him.

Upon her arrival she finds that her husband had a secret office, some very unsavory business partners and a set of baseball cards that lead his distraught wife all over the world to try and find out just what her husband was up to. Along the way she runs into Liam Neeson who may or may not be connected to her dead husbands evil deeds.

The movie is named Ruby Cairo in various other parts of the world but was labled Deception in the U.S. I have no idea if it every made it to the theaters in America but it had quite a good run on cable tv for a number of years which made it somewhat of a minor cult movie.

The movie itself is not an award winner but there is something about the story that keeps the viewer entertained. Andie Macdowell does a good job playing the naieve housewife who slowly realizes she has been made a fool of. Mortenson's part is sadly way to short and perhaps the back story of his wheeling and dealing might have enhanced the film a bit.
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By A Customer on March 17, 2004
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This is the edited edition of Ruby Cairo, which was released in the U.S. Andy McDowell objected to the nudity in the original. "Deceptions" is the edited version. Ruby Cairo is only available overseas.
I give it 2 stars because it is not the original.
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Some movies don't make sense.

Exhibit A: "Deception," a thriller full of money, deception and baseball cards, which started off on a promising note, but rapidly became too absurd to really deal with. The only saving grace is Liam Neeson, but even his charm cannot keep "Deception" honest.

Young mother Bessie Faro (Andie MacDowell) is shattered when she learns that her husband Johnny (Viggo Mortensen) was in a fatal plane crash. Even worse, their joint plane company is about bankrupt. But when she goes to Mexico to identify the body, she finds that her husband has been making massive deposits in banks all over the world. The key to finding them: Johnny's baseball cards.

At first, Bessie is overjoyed at picking up the vast sums of money, since she can easily support herself and her young children with it for many years. But then she learns that the accounts are being closed -- is her husband still alive? The search brings her on a parallel path to a kindly humanitarian, Dr. Lamb (Liam Neeson).... and to the ugly truth about where her husband got all that money.

Buried inside "Deception" is a pair of movies. Not one, but two. One is about a rather dim housewife discovering her husband's Big Secret. The other is about gunrunners, embezzlement and murder. Unfortunately, this movie is mashed together into a logic-free, tedious mess.

Despite the international travels, there isn't much scenery in this movie, except some dusty streets and one pretty shot of Lamb and Bessie smooching atop the pyramid (are people allowed to climb those anymore?). Even more time is devoted to the baseball card trick, which seems too weird to be possible, and then to the even more improbable gunrunning scenario.
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I'll make this one short, because I thought it was a below average movie that made no sense. When a plot plays out and ends with a dud, I'm not too enthralled.

Basically, enter wife who has lost her husband in a plane crash in Mexico. She identifies the body, finds a stash of baseball cards that belongs to him hidden under a desk, and unscrambles the fact that he has hidden money all over the world in various banks.She travels the globe and empties the bank accounts. From a poor, widowed mother of three, she suddenly finds over $800,000 in cash.

When she starts to suspect that her husband is still alive, the story takes a turn nowhere. The only conclusion I've come up with is that the writers thought the audience could fill in the blanks. If you want to know why, he did it, forget it. SPOILER: If you want to know why he gets murdered at the end, forget it. If you want to know why his personality has taken a 180 degree change from the charming husband, forget it. If you want to know if he has any remorse leaving behind three children and a wife penniless that he has spent years with, forget it. Like I said, it makes no sense.

The only high point of the movie is a young Liam Neeson with his handsome smile. Other than that, I just don't get it.
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