Ridley Scott directs the crime comedy Matchstick Men, based on the novel of the same name by Eric Garcia. Neurotic con man Roy (Nicolas Cage) suffers from several emotional problems, including obsessive-compulsive disorder. He and his partner Frank (Sam Rockwell) swindle people out of money by posing as money collectors who promise things like tax refunds, package vacations, and other fabulous prizes (which they never get). Frank wants to pull a really big job, but Roy is too consumed with fear and panic attacks to join him. Only cigarettes and his trusty illegal prescription drugs seem to keep him going. When Roy finds himself in desperate need of more pills, he is forced to see legitimate psychotherapist Dr. Klein (Bruce Altman). Roy ends up talking about his emotional damage from a troubled marriage and divorce, which results in the discovery of a child whom he has never met. Dr. Klein suggests that he spend a weekend with the kid, so in walks teenaged Angela (played by twentysomething Alison Lohman). Reluctant to develop his role as a father, Roy also gets heavily involved in Frank's ambitious swindle.~Andrea LeVasseur
Tricks on the trade: Maning Machstick Men - follow the director through a intimate day-to-day account of the filmmaking process
Part I: Preproduction
Part II: Production
Part III: Postproduction
Commentary by director/producer Ridley Scott, writer Nicholas Griffin and writer/producer Ted Griffin
Great movie with great cast. Well done in story writing with Cage performing at his best. Must watch if you like movies like “Catch Me if You Can” or “Italian Job”. This movie has great twist and turns.
An excellent film about the con game. The three leads are great - Cage and Rockwell are less intense than normal, and therefore better, and Lohman steals the show. I can’t say much more without risking spoilers, but if you’re a fan of intrigue, twists, and turns, you’ll love this film