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A fender-bender on the FDR pits two harried New Yorkers in an escalating battle of revenge. Banek (Affleck), a privileged Wall Street lawyer, and Gipson (Jackson), a recovering-alcoholic insurance man, both need to get to court on time. Banek to file documents crucial to his firm's success, and Gipson, to prove he's fit to retain joint custody of his two kids. Because of the accident, neither gets quite what he wants. When Gipson finds that he has the the vital document, after having been stranded by Banek (and subsequently late to the custody hearing), he begins the battle. Throughout the back and forth, the plot (and many of its excesses), gives way to a fully realized character study and thoughtful pondering of motivations, corruption, and desperation, powered by dialogue not usually seen in a "revenge" flick. Michell deftly brings out the best in every member of a talented cast.

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Available on Running time 98 minutes. Originally from United States.

Cast and Crew

Genres
New York, New York, Revenge, Law & Lawyers, Custody Battles, Ethics & Morals, Urban Drama, Corporate Shenanigans, Insurance
Screenplay
Michael Tolkin, Chap Taylor
Cast
Ben Affleck, Samuel L. Jackson, Toni Collette, Sydney Pollack, William Hurt, Amanda Peet, Richard Jenkins, Kim Staunton, John Benjamin Hickey, Jennifer (Jennie) Dundas Lowe, Dylan Baker, Matt Malloy
Cinematography
Salvatore Totino
Director
Roger Michell
Music
David Arnold
Other
Danny Michael, Christopher Tellefsen, Steven Graham, Ann Roth, Kristi Zea
Producer
Scott Rudin, Paramount Pictures

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Nicholle

This movie shows just how evil sme people could be, but it is a really great flick! Gavin Benak is a very successful attourney in New York. He has to file a power of appointment to prove a man that already died signed his foundation over to Gavin's law firm. On his way to file this, he crashes his car into Doyle Gipson's car. Doyle is on his way to a court hearing to get custody of his children. Gavin tries to bribe him with a blank check so they don't have to wait for the cops, but Doyle does not accept this, and Gavin leaves him stranded. Little did Gavin know, he dropped his important file at the scene of the accident, and Doyle took them and won't give them back. Gavin and Doyle both do acts of vengance on one another before they can't take it anymore. By the end of this movie, both men realize how disappointed they are in themselves and redirect their morals.