â€œIt’s called a confidence game. Why? Because you give me your confidence? No. Because I give you mine.â€
— Mike from House Of Games
â€œWell, maybe I don’t! I had ten good years with Cole, and I want them back! I gotta have a partner! I looked and I looked and believe me, brother, I kissed a lot of fucking frogs, and you’re my prince!â€
— Myra Langtry from The Grifters
â€œIt’s like seeing someone for the first time, and you look at each other for a few seconds, and there’s this kind of recognition like you both know something. Next moment the person’s gone, and it’s too late to do anything about it.â€
— Jack Foley from Out Of Sight
Tony Gilroyâ€™s Duplicity is the ultimate cinematic cock tease. Duplicity has everything going for it right from the starting gate, but ultimately the film fizzles where it should sizzle. It is not a bad film, far from it, but after all is said and done, one wonders if they have just seen a comedy of manners written with enough reversals to give David Mamet a run for his money. Although â€œfuckâ€ is never used enough to give it the traditional David Mamet touch, it is con game film. Tony Gilroyâ€™s screenplay may be too smart for its good. Steven Spielberg had confessed that the film was too confusing for him to understand so he passed on directing it.
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