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Finder's Fee
     

Finder's Fee

Director: Jeff Probst

Cast: Erik Palladino, James Earl Jones, Matthew Lillard

 
A first feature from the man best known as the host of the hugely successful reality-TV series Survivor, Jeff Probst's twisty thriller is centered around the world of card-playing and con men. A street artist, Tepper (Erik Palladino), finds a wallet outside his apartment building one rainy New York night and phones a number he finds inside. He finds out it

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A first feature from the man best known as the host of the hugely successful reality-TV series Survivor, Jeff Probst's twisty thriller is centered around the world of card-playing and con men. A street artist, Tepper (Erik Palladino), finds a wallet outside his apartment building one rainy New York night and phones a number he finds inside. He finds out it belongs to Avery Phillips (James Earl Jones) but notices it contains a lottery ticket worth six million dollars and foolishly tells his garrulous pal Fishman (Matthew Lillard). On the night of their poker game, two more men enter the equation: Quigley (Ryan Reynolds), a divorced sad-sack, and Bolan (Dash Mihok). After Tepper phones him, Avery decides to sit in on their game, unaware that Tepper has his winning lottery ticket. As their game progresses, Tepper's sense of ethics is put to the test, as are the loyalties of the men at the game. Robert Forster co-stars as a street cop thrown into the proceedings, and Carly Pope appears as Tepper's longtime girlfriend Carla.

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All Movie Guide
Anytime James Earl Jones gets a meaty role is cause for celebration, and in this low-key "small" movie (directed by the host of TV's Survivor series, Jeff Probst), the cagey veteran is surrounded by a tight ensemble working with a plausible script in a far-fetched situation. Consciously or not, some of the Survivor credo -- "outwit, outplay, outlast" -- is subtly incorporated into the plot to terrific effect. The gambling scenes are well handled and the kicker at the end is worth the wait. No one will vote Jeff Probst off the island, but Matthew Lillard's over-the-top obnoxious hothead has got to go.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/28/2003
UPC:
0031398101727
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
R
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:39:00
Sales rank:
59,258

Special Features

Commentary by director Jeff Probst, Jim Guilan and Katy Wallin; Outtakes; Widescreen format

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [6:57]
2. The Wallet [4:03]
3. Moral Dilemma [4:56]
4. "Live a Little" [4:11]
5. Visitor [8:10]
6. Building on Lockdown [5:44]
7. "Jury's Still Out on This Kid" [2:51]
8. "Elephant Juice" [6:02]
9. False Alarm [8:49]
10. Dead Giveaways [8:40]
11. Time-Out [3:34]
12. Game-On [6:34]
13. Breaking Point [1:40]
14. Bizarre Twist [4:51]
15. New York's Finest [5:03]
16. Avery Phillips [10:57]

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