Stand Off

Stand Off

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Director: Terry George

Cast: Brendan Fraser, Colm Meaney, Martin McCann

     
 

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Director Terry George's quirky crime comedy stars Brendan Fraser as Joe Maguire, an American running an antique store in an Irish town. He becomes wrapped up in a hostage situation inside the store when a young man who owes thousands to a local crime boss runs into the shop after robbing a local fishery,See more details below

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Director Terry George's quirky crime comedy stars Brendan Fraser as Joe Maguire, an American running an antique store in an Irish town. He becomes wrapped up in a hostage situation inside the store when a young man who owes thousands to a local crime boss runs into the shop after robbing a local fishery, and Joe then comes into possession of evidence that will put the bad guy away. Meanwhile, Detective Weller (Colm Meaney) takes control of the hostage negotiations, and attempts to figure out what's going on as the situation grows more and more complicated.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Director and co-screenwriter Terry George ambitiously tries to get laughs from quirky behavior while simultaneously building tension in Stand Off, a Dublin-set hostage thriller that seems equal part gritty crime film and warmhearted character comedy -- it's a fusion of Sexy Beast and Waking Ned Devine. Martin McCann plays Jimbo, a young Irish tough guy who owes the sociopathic local crime boss, Mad Dog Flynn (David O'Hara), far more money than he can scrape together. In a last-ditch attempt to steal the dough he needs, Jimbo swipes the daily take from a nearby fish market. However, he doesn't exactly make a clean getaway, and soon he's chased into an antiques shop run by mild-mannered American Joe Maguire (Brendan Fraser). The police quickly surround the store, prompting Jimbo to take everyone in the place hostage so he can use them to negotiate his way out of this seemingly impossible situation. As if things weren't fraught enough, it turns out that the owner of the fish market is Mad Dog Flynn, who now wants to kill Jimbo and pretty much everyone he's ever known. Also, as the hostages and Jimbo talk, the young thief and Joe come to believe there's a good chance that they are father and son. There's another character, Detective Weller, played by Colm Meaney in what could best be described as the Brendan Gleeson role. He's a disheveled but good cop, who slowly pieces together how Jimbo ended up in this mess in between playful bickering with his family. Meaney is, as is usually the case, effortlessly charming and so thoroughly Irish that he gives the film a great deal of both substance and pleasure -- he not only makes the outrageous situation seem more plausible, he makes us want to find out how it will be resolved. George, along with co-screenwriter Thomas Gallagher, pull off the trick of getting the audience to smile and laugh without undercutting the inherent tension of the situation. However, neither the comedic nor the thriller aspects of Stand Off come close to being as funny or as pulse-pounding as we want them to be. The odd combination of tones is likely to throw anybody who goes into this picture expecting a high-octane shoot-'em-up; it's a mistake exacerbated by the fact that Stand Off received a name change when it played in the United States -- most of the rest of the world saw it under the punny title Whole Lotta Sole, which is actually a much better representation of the film as a whole. Thankfully, the movie has such a simple, straightforward, low-key approach -- as well as a uniformly likable cast -- that even if we never belly laugh or have our insides churning with tension, Stand Off makes for an enjoyable viewing experience.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/26/2013
UPC:
0796019826280
Original Release:
2012
Rating:
R
Source:
Arc Entertainment
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
1:29:00
Sales rank:
57,241

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Performance Credits
Brendan Fraser Joe Maguire
Colm Meaney Detective Weller
Martin McCann Jimbo
Yaya DaCosta Sophie
David O'Hara Mad Dog Flynn
Michael Legge Randy Weller

Technical Credits
Terry George Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Simon Bosanquet Producer
David Craig Production Designer
Nick Emerson Editor
Brendan Fraser Executive Producer
Thomas Gallagher Original Story,Screenwriter
Jason Garrett Executive Producer
David Gorder Producer
Michael Henry Executive Producer
Ros Hubbard Casting
John Hubbard Casting
Mark Huffam Executive Producer
Chris Hunt Executive Producer
Robert Lewis Executive Producer
Barrie M. Osborne Executive Producer
David Rogers Executive Producer
Jay Russell Producer
Jeff Steen Executive Producer
Anand Tiwari Executive Producer
Foy Vance Score Composer
Hazel Webb-Crozier Costumes/Costume Designer
Des Whelan Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Stand Off
1. Debt [6:11]
2. Need a Child [8:37]
3. Where's Peter? [8:06]
4. Robbery [7:58]
5. Very Professional [8:16]
6. What Do You Want? [9:06]
7. Married [8:09]
8. Don't Do It [6:39]
9. Brown Bag [6:37]
10. Face to Face [6:46]
11. Rpg [9:11]
12. End Credits [3:32]

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