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Bathed in self-conscious cool,Confidenceis a heist caper in which the heist is unimportant. As you might expect fromGlengarry Glen Rossdirector James Foley, this pulpy concoction is more interested in giving good actors a lot of hip, salty dialogue as they scheme their way to the royal scam. It's a poor man'sOcean's Eleven, just as enjoyable in its own way, beginning when con artist Jake (Edward Burns) discovers he's accidentally stolen from an eccentric crime boss (Dustin Hoffman, oozing threat in a fine character turn). Promising to make amends by pulling the biggest con of his career, Jake adds a feisty pickpocket (Rachel Weisz) to his crew, which includes scene-stealer Paul Giammatti and Andy Garcia as a disheveled FBI agent (or is he?). With a cast like this you can't go wrong, butConfidencecons itself into thinking it's original, while Burns's abundant voice-overs state the obvious and plot twists unfold with minimal surprise. It hardly matters;Confidencemay be derivative, but it's still recommendable.--Jeff Shannon
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CastDustin Hoffman, Rachel Weisz, Morris Chestnut, Andy Garcia, Edward Burns
DirectorJames Foley
Screen WriterDoug Jung
DVD Release Date:  September 16, 2003
Runtime:  97 minutes
Studio:  Lions Gate
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review by . September 19, 2003
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CONFIDENCE is a film that exudes same. Made with dazzling artistry and classy cinematography technique this film about grifters and their psyches is well scripted, well directed and very well acted by a team of professionals. That, friends, is how a confidence game works. CONFIDENCE makes us, the audience, feel as though we are on the inside of a con game only to pull one over on us at the end. Ed Burns burns up the screen in a slick and powerful performance. He is ably abetted by his hand selected …
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