Duplicity

Duplicity

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Director: Tony Gilroy

Cast: Julia Roberts, Clive Owen, Tom Wilkinson

     
 

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Closer co-stars Julia Roberts and Clive Owen reunite for Oscar-nominated director Tony Gilroy's drama tracing the illicit love affair between two spies-turned-corporate operatives. The Cold War has thawed, and for CIA agents seeking to make an easy mint, the real money is in multinational corporations. CIASee more details below

Overview

Closer co-stars Julia Roberts and Clive Owen reunite for Oscar-nominated director Tony Gilroy's drama tracing the illicit love affair between two spies-turned-corporate operatives. The Cold War has thawed, and for CIA agents seeking to make an easy mint, the real money is in multinational corporations. CIA officer Claire Stenwick (Roberts) and Ray Koval (Owen) are both racing to secure the formula for a product that will bring untold wealth to the company that lands the patent first as the stakes begin to rise, and their passions start to flare. Meanwhile, their mutual employers, industry giant Howerd Tully (Tom Wilkinson) and trailblazing CEO Dick Garsil (Paul Giamatti) start resorting to some seriously underhanded tactics in hope of gaining an advantage over the competition. Loners by definition of their own careers, Claire and Ray engage in a series of schemes and double-crosses while contending with the fact that their mutual attraction could ultimately jeopardize their entire missions.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
If you know your con-game movies, then you're familiar with the differences between short cons and long cons. The short con is all about making a quick buck -- like getting a bartender to give you change for a 20, when you really paid with a 10. Long cons, on the other hand, require months, if not years, of setup, and come with a payoff to match. They also make for timeless movies like The Sting, The Grifters, House of Games, and Tony Gilroy's Duplicity. Like those other time-tested con movies, Duplicity is about more than just lying, deceit, and trickery -- the story's mind games also serve as a metaphor for bigger issues -- in this case, love. In the opening scene, Ray Koval (Clive Owen) seduces Claire Stenwick (Julia Roberts) at a cocktail party thrown by the government of Dubai. Their passionate night together ends with him drugged, and her taking pictures of some sensitive documents in his possession -- and thus begins a most unusual courtship between people who inherently mistrust everyone around them. It would be just plain wrong to reveal much more about the plot, but years later, the two end up on opposite sides of some serious corporate espionage, and their time together in the past has more of an effect on their present than anyone -- the characters or the audience -- really understands. Tony Gilroy proved that he could fashion an airtight thriller with Michael Clayton, and he's done it again here. The complex plot never confuses viewers -- you always know where you are in the story. And even if, at a given moment, you don't know why characters are having the same word-for-word conversation in totally different times and places, you can trust it will all make sense in the end. In addition to creating a brain-twisting thriller full of double agents and triple crosses, Gilroy also makes Duplicity a credible romantic comedy at the same time thanks to dialogue that sparkles with humor -- the kind of dialogue actors kill to say. Clive Owen knows how to deliver a laugh line, and he gets more than his fair share of them, but it's his ability to charm his victims -- he makes it seem like it's fun to be lied to -- that makes him ideally suited for the part. And while we're on the subject of charm, Julia Roberts can still flash that 1,000-watt smile, but she's also grown into a more confident actress, able to play cold and calculating just as effortlessly as she can warm and charming. Together, they make a smart and sexy pair, entirely different from their battling lovers in Closer. While Owen and Roberts may anchor the movie, the whole cast gets to have fun, especially Tom Wilkinson and Paul Giamatti as feuding corporate CEOs. Their first confrontation makes for a hysterically funny opening credit sequence. Wilkinson gives his business tycoon a know-it-all smugness that conflicts hilariously with Giamatti's paranoid and angry character -- he's half Gordon Gekko and half Donald Duck. And Carrie Preston steals her few scenes as a corporate travel planner who falls for all of Ray's considerable charms. But, however strong the acting is, Tony Gilroy deserves the lion's share of credit for making such a delightful movie. His writing and direction find the perfect balance of comedy, sexiness, and tension. The con-game elements may drive the story, but it's the romantic comedy that gives Duplicity heart and soul.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/25/2009
UPC:
0025195046176
Original Release:
2009
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:05:00
Sales rank:
52,100

Special Features

Feature commentary with writer/director Tony Gilroy & editor/co-producer John Gilroy

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Julia Roberts Claire Stenwick
Clive Owen Ray Koval
Tom Wilkinson Howard Tully
Paul Giamatti Richard 'Dick' Garsik
Dan Daily Garsik's Aid
Lisa Roberts Gillan Tully's Assistant
David Shumbris Turtleneck
Rick Worthy Dale Raimes
Oleg Stefan Boris Fetyov
Denis O'Hare Duke Monahan
Kathleen Chalfant Pam Frales
Khan Baykal Dinesh Patel
Tom McCarthy Jeff Bauer
Wayne Duvall Ned Guston
Fabrizio Brienza Hotel Manager
Lucia Grillo Italian chambermaid
Carrie Preston Barbara Bofferd
Conan McCarty Bartender
Kirby Mitchell Realtor
Christopher Denham Ronny Partiz
Christopher Mann Mr. Security

Technical Credits
Tony Gilroy Director,Screenwriter
Conchita Airoldi Co-producer
Laura Bickford Producer
Stephen H. Carter Art Director
Ellen Chenoweth Casting
Robert Elswit Cinematographer
Jennifer Fox Producer
Leslie Fuller Makeup
John Gilroy Co-producer,Editor
Christopher Goode Co-producer
James Newton Howard Score Composer
Ryan Kavanaugh Executive Producer
Flaminia Lizzani Casting
Tamara Marini Art Director
Patrizia Massa Production Manager
Kerry Orent Producer
Brian Ross Musical Direction/Supervision
Kevin Thompson Production Designer
Albert Wolsky Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Duplicity
1. Meeting (Main Titles) [5:52]
2. The New Guy [4:22]
3. Contact [5:37]
4. Corporate Espionage [5:34]
5. Major Development [7:02]
6. By Chance [5:26]
7. Being Bad [6:39]
8. Infiltrated [8:56]
9. Secret Weapon [11:26]
10. The Master Plan [5:39]
11. I Own You [:33]
12. Being Gamed [5:08]
13. In Play [4:54]
14. Hair Is Power [9:23]
15. Burned [10:11]
16. What's the Point? [4:13]
17. Lotion, Not Cream [4:20]
18. Baiting the Trap [6:04]
19. Played Out [4:51]
20. End Titles [3:10]

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