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Spartan (2004)

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The investigation into a kidnapping of the daughter of a high-ranking US government official.

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Grossler
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Training Facility Guard
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Gaines (as Stephen Culp)
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Naylor
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In the US-government's special ops, Scott is a shooter, not a planner, doing the job without regard to quaint or obsolete convention. When a Harvard undergrad goes missing (the daughter of a US leader), it's Scott who applies the pressure, first to her boyfriend, then to a madam whose cathouse is the initial stop en route to a white slavery auction in Dubai. The abductors may not know the girl's identity, but once they figure it out, she's doomed. Deadly double crosses force Scott to become a planner. Through it all, earnest TV newscasters read the drivel they're handed. Written by <[email protected]>

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She's missing.


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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12 March 2004 (USA)  »

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$19,250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,011,435, 14 March 2004, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,434,432, 22 April 2004
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When Scott is questioning the boyfriend, a plaque in the background has the names of various cast members. See more »

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During the beach house scene, Scott shoots "Essex House Man #1" twice, and the slide on his gun locks back. In the next shot, the slide is locked forward. See more »

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[first lines]
Scott: You had your whole life to prepare for this moment. Why aren't you ready?
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Modern Spy Thriller
18 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

The excellent David Mamet returns to write and direct an entertaining spy thriller which puts fantasy fare such as the Bourne Identity to bed. Val Kilmer is good here, better than anything I can remember, but the real star here is Mamet. His direction is better here than Heist or State and Main, and the script more believable. It still crackles with Mamet's trademark dialogue but in this genre it seems to fit better. Excellent support cast all round, notably 'the girl' and Said Taghmaoui, the latter being one of my favourite character actors at present. The ending does seem abrupt, but by no means out of place. Critics argued that the plot is too complicated/ clever and that the lead is truly "Shallow Val" but this is selling the actor and the audience short. This was entertaining, with overtones of conspiracy which makes great viewing for people with similar tastes to myself. 10/10


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