Spartan

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David Mamet writes and directs the political thriller Spartan. Respected Secret Service agent Robert Scott Val Kilmer is assigned to the kidnapping case of Laura Newton Kristen Bell, the missing daughter of a high-ranking political figure. Scott is teamed up with rookie Curtis Derek Luke. Aided by the FBI and the CIA, the team discovers a human trafficking operation that may lead to Laura's kidnappers. Meanwhile, political operative Stoddard William H. Macy refuses to cooperate with the rescue mission. Scott and ...
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David Mamet writes and directs the political thriller Spartan. Respected Secret Service agent Robert Scott Val Kilmer is assigned to the kidnapping case of Laura Newton Kristen Bell, the missing daughter of a high-ranking political figure. Scott is teamed up with rookie Curtis Derek Luke. Aided by the FBI and the CIA, the team discovers a human trafficking operation that may lead to Laura's kidnappers. Meanwhile, political operative Stoddard William H. Macy refuses to cooperate with the rescue mission. Scott and Curtis are forced to quit the investigation when the media reports Laura's death. Believing her to be alive, Curtis is motivated to start up a dangerous unofficial investigation of his own. Spartan premiered at the Bangkok International Film Festival in 2004.
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The conspiracy thriller gets the David Mamet treatment in Spartan, an austere actioner with an unexpectedly subversive agenda. The first two-thirds of the movie details the efforts of a team of investigators to track down the kidnapped first daughter. Robert Scott (Val Kilmer), a top special-operations agent, takes the lead in the convoluted chase, which eventually leads to a sex-slavery ring in the Middle East. A late twist, however, reveals a larger conspiracy at work, forcing Scott to confront the competing calls of duty and moral responsibility. The spare title is paradoxically rich, suggestive at once of Mamet's ascetic style, the militarism being critiqued, and the ancient forebears of Scott's self-abnegating hero. Recalling the paranoid thrillers of the 1970s, Spartan takes place in a hermetic world seemingly run by forces beyond our control. As with other Mamet movies, the stylized line readings and aversion to naturalism take some getting used to, but they are crucial to Mamet's efforts to nudge the movie into the abstract. The alienation effect is only heightened by Mamet's dialogue, a catchy mélange of intelligence argot, cryptic aphorisms, and hypnotic mantras. ("Where's the girl?" is one such recurring line.) Perhaps the movie's most surprising aspect is its trenchant political commentary. Implausible as its plot may be, its resolution bears disturbing resemblance to current events, making Spartan as relevant as it is gripping.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert

The patter is always fascinating, and at right angles to the action. [Mamet]'s like a magician who gets you all involved in his story about the King, the Queen and the Jack, while the whole point is that there's a rabbit in your pocket.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/15/2004
  • UPC: 085393880033
  • Original Release: 2004
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Val Kilmer Robert Scott
Derek Luke Curtis
William H. Macy Stoddard
Ed O'Neill Burch
Kristen Bell Laura Newton
Tia Texada Jackie Black
Saïd Taghmaoui Tariq Asani
Linda Kimbrough Donny
Alexandra Kerry Bartender
Johnny Messner Agent Grace
Clark Gregg Miller
Aaron Stanford Michael Blake
Matt Malloy Mr. Reese
Jeremie Campbell Cadre Candidate
Bob A. Jennings Grace's Aide
Lionel Mark Smith Colonel Blane
Chris J. Lacentra Cpl. Settler
Renato Magno Grossler
Mark Fitzgerald Training Facility Guard
Tony Mamet Parker
Ron Butler Headquarters Agent
Steven Culp Gaines
Vincent Guastaferro Naylor
Robert Bella Davio
Lana Bilzerian Undercover Agent
Ann Morgan Secret Service Agent
Geoffrey Pierson Pearce
Sophia Luke Agent
Andrew Davoli Zimmer
J.J. Johnston Night Club Manager
Natalija Nogulich Nadya
Margot Farley Young Whore
Rick Levy Sedan Man
Jim Frangione Stakeout Agent
Dan Hovanesian Stakeout Driver
Norm Compton Essex House Man #1
Chino Binamo Essex House Man #2
Mark Pellegrino Convict
Mordechai Finley Cadre Operator
Jonathan Rossetti Medic
Gail Silver Pharmacist
Scott Barry Cadre Team Leader
Roberto Castro Jr. State Police Liaison Officer
Debbie Martin Debriefer
Dick Friedman Crew Chief
David Aranovich Cadre Technician
Jody Snider Harvard Square Reporter
Virginia Pereira TV Anchor Woman
Morris Lamore Billy
Clara Mamet Billy's Daughter
Deborah Bartlett Mrs. Newton
Moshe Ivgi Avi
Chris Kaldor Yitzik
Ektimal Shbib Stewardess
Al Faris Customs Official
Zosia Mamet Bedouin Woman
Kick Gurry Jones
Damon Caro Balcony Shooter
Ken Moreno Bodyguard #1
J.J. Perry Bodyguard #2
Michael Hilow Perimeter Guard
Steve Martinez Gate Keeper #1
Max Daniels Gate Keeper #2
Sandra Lilly Lindquist Swedish Reporter
Neil Pepe News Cameraman
Tim Fleming Night Sun Operator
Marc Allen Barker Pilot
Chelle Cerceo Marine Flight Crew Chief
Jennifer Ritchkoff Marine Captain
Stephen Greif Business Man
Ken Kugler Conductor
Technical Credits
David Mamet Director, Screenwriter
Danielle Baker Costumes/Costume Designer
Tessa Beazley Production Manager
David Bergstein Producer
Greg Berry Set Decoration/Design
Felipe Borrero Sound Mixer
Brett Jones Stunts
Jeff Clark Camera Operator
Shay Cunliffe Costumes/Costume Designer
Danetracks, Inc. Sound Editor, Sound/Sound Designer
Keith Davis Stunts
Tarra Day Makeup
Moshe Diamant Producer
Cas Donovan Asst. Director
Jared Eddo Stunts
Kareem Elseify Associate Producer
Elaine Fallon Casting
Jan Fantl Co-producer
Bruce Green Camera Operator
Toby Holguin Stunts
James Holt Executive Producer
Norman Howell Stunts
Frank Hübner Executive Producer
Norman Hull Stunts
Mark Isham Score Composer
Gemma Jackson Production Designer
Cinda-Lin James Stunts
Bengt Jonsson Camera Operator
Cassandra Kulukundis Casting
Art Linson Producer
Tommy Lohmann Camera Operator
Joseph Merhi Co-producer
Gail Monian Stunts
Christina Moore Art Director
Margaret Palmer Costumes/Costume Designer
Stuart Renfrew Asst. Director
Jaci Rohr Costumes/Costume Designer
Juan Ruiz-Anchia Cinematographer
Elie Samaha Producer
Carl Sprague Art Director
Tracee Stanley Executive Producer
J. D. Street Special Effects Supervisor
Christopher Tandon Art Director
Barbara Tulliver Editor
Greg Watkins Stunts
Scott Waugh Stunts
Timothy Wegman Costumes/Costume Designer
Danny Weselis Stunts
Clive Winter Sound Mixer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Spartan

    When Laura Newton (Kristen Bell), the daughter of a high ranking government official and a student at Harvard, goes missing Bobby Scott's (Val Kilmer) services are enlisted in Boston to help find the missing girl. Joined by a former recruit fresh out of training named Curtis (Derek Luke), Scott investigates the disappearance, but as he goes further down the rabbit hole looking for Laura he learns that there may be more to the disappearance than initially expected.

    There are very few writers who know their way around a line of dialogue quite like David Mamet. As a playwright he received the Pulitzer for his brilliant play Glengarry Glen Ross (which he later adapted for the screen), and as a screenwriter he's been nominated for Oscars for both Wag the Dog and The Verdict. But you won't have to look very far to see movies based on his work from The Untouchables to Hannibal and back to The Postman Always Rings Twice, not to mention he created the TV show The Unit. For his tenth feature film as a director, Mamet decided to create a film inspired in part by Eric L. Haney, one of the founding members of the elite Delta Force, who also served as one the technical advisers on the film.

    One of David Mamet's greatest abilities as a writer is to take a screenplay and a film that could easily become cliche, and turn it on it's ear and make it fresh. With Spartan, he takes a film that in a lesser filmmakers hands would have been over the top and grounds it in reality through dialogue and giving the plot situations that don't seem too far off from real life. Often, we don't think of men in situations like Bobby Scott's in Spartan as being something that could be real, but Mamet treats it like this is something that could, and does happen, and makes the audience believe it.

    But there's only so much one man can do when working with a cast of actors, and it's really the job of the actors to sell us the characters, and each actor truly sells it. Val Kilmer, who I personally think is very underrated, is Bobby Scott. When you watch him on the screen in this movie, you have no doubt that this man will recover Laura Newton, you know he has the training and the experience to get it done. The performance that really caught me by surprise though was Kristen Bell as the aforementioned Laura. If all you know her from is Forgetting Sarah Marshall, she will completely surprise you here.

    Spartan is a movie that's almost perfect, where it nearly falls apart is in one of the final scenes of the movie. It's understandable that Mamet had to throw in one last confrontation in, but unfortunately what he does throw in doesn't feel completely organic. I don't want to give anything away, mostly due to the fact that I'm not one to spoil things for everyone, but also because you might not feel the same way I do concerning this ending.

    Overall, I highly recommend this movie. While not completely based on a true story, there are elements that have basis in real experiences, and we often don't realize the covert operations that are taken on in an effort to keep us from worrying about some of the darker things that happen throughout the world around us. Mamet did an amazing job of conveying that real world sentiment to film while also making a highly entertaining film.

    4.5/5

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unbelieveable!!!!!

    This is a definite must see... It's fast-paced but coherent. There is never a dull moment in this flick. From start to finish, the viewer is kept on their toes. Kilmer at his best, think Unforgiven... Trust me, the first 10 minutes will have you hooked.

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    Posted November 18, 2010

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