Despite trying to keep his swashbuckling to a minimum, a threat to California's pending statehood causes the adventure-loving Alejandro de la Vega (Banderas) -- and his wife, Elena (Zeta-Jones) -- to take action.
When an escort girl is found dead in the offices of a Japanese company in Los Angeles, detectives Web Smith and John Connor act as liaison between the company's executives and the investigating cop Tom Graham.
Following the theft of a highly-secured piece of artwork, an agent convinces her insurance agency employers to allow her to wriggle into the company of an aging but active master thief. Connery's burglar takes her on suspiciously and demands rigorous training before their first job together--stealing a highly-valued mask from a chichi party. Their deepening attraction and distrust could tear apart their partnership but the promise of a bigger prize (some eight billion odd dollars) by Zeta-Jones keeps the game interesting. Only, who's playing with whom? Written by
The building used for exterior shots of Mac's safe house (Castle Duart on the Isle of Mull) is the ancestral home of the chief of the Clan MacLean, which is the maiden name of Connery's mother. See more »
When Virginia is explaining to her boss the break-in to steal the Rembrandt painting, she quotes Mao Zedong (or Chairman Mao) as saying, "Let a thousand flowers bloom." The actual quote from Mao was to "let a hundred flowers bloom" referring to the Hundred Flowers Movement which preceded the Cultural Revolution in China. See more »
I have this film two chances and liked it much better the second time.
I guess I expected more on the first viewing, but why not? Sean Connery
usually is good, Catherine Zeta-Jones was a hot, new commodity at the
time, and I usually enjoy heist films.
This movie had not just one but TWO heists in it, so it should have
been really good.....but was fair, at best.
It just wasn't that entertaining, too flat in too many spots. Connery
looked at times like he was just going through the motions. His usual
spark was missing. It's not bad....so-so as a thriller goes, but really
not memorable and certainly not as dramatic as it should have been.
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