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Drama - Gangland

The Samaritan (2012)

Elevator Pitch.

Foley, a former con artist who has served 25 years in prison for killing his former partner is released more or less into the hands of the murdered man’s son, who wants him to conduct a scam; in addition  he becomes friendly and then more with a young woman, with whom it appears he could start a new life, but the man who needs his help is insistent, and may be able to use the woman as a lever in ways beyond Foley’s imaginings.


Most of the scenes seem to be at night in some un-named American city. The former convict drinks in a bar, has a number of fights and gets together with the young woman, despite the differences in their ages. There is quite a bit of shouting and one or two fairly random gangland executions, creating considerable tension. In the end some gunfire and people are killed. So some nudity and implied sex, quite a bit of drinking and some drug taking.

A View The movie relies a lot on the various twists, and on Samuel L. Jackson’s persona but the script is not quite up to it. It had a limited release and so the few critics who saw it did not like it. In movie terms it did not cost much, but even so does not seem to have made its money back. I sometimes think that success or failure depends more on the level of publicity than anything else. It is a bit film noire, so if you like that sort of thing not a total disaster.
Duration 1h 30m Rating (UK) 18
Source of story An original screenplay
Director David Weaver
Writers/Script Elan Mastai, David Weaver
Starring Samuel L. Jackson, Luke Kirby, Ruth Negga, Gil Bellows, Tom Wilkinson
Additional Info It only took $1700 on its first weekend, and seems to have been pulled immediately there-after. In UK is was VOD as “Fury”.


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Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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