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Drama - Crime

No Good Deed (2002)

Duration 1h 43m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story A 1927 story “The House on Turk Street” by Dashiell Hammett
Writers/Script Christopher Canaan, Steve Barancik
Additional Info The director made his name with the TV show “The Monkees”.
Director Bob Refelson
Starring Samuel L Jackson, Milla Jovovoch, Stellan Skarsgård, Doug Hutchison, Joss Ackland, Grace Zabriskie
Elevator Pitch A detective searching for an errant teenager accidentally discovers an ill assorted group of bank robbers preparing for a heist. As events play out it becomes evident that the young woman in the group, already used to entice a bank employee into helping them, is also manipulating everybody else possibly including the detective.
Content A lot of time in the house on Turk St, with the detective either tied up or being hit over the head. The events in the bank involving a scam rather than a robbery and a road trip towards the North. A bit of nudity and sex.
A View This work had a limited release, after being held for a year and no wonder. The few critics who reviewed it did not like it, and this might be putting it a bit too strongly. It was frustratingly poor, as if the writers had started with an idea and then made it up as they went along. Even if you like heist films this is not worth your time.

About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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