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Bait (2000)

An ex-con is used by police to lure a criminal out of hiding.

Director:

Antoine Fuqua

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Foxx ... Alvin Sanders
David Morse ... Edgar Clenteen
Robert Pastorelli ... Jaster
Doug Hutchison ... Bristol
Kimberly Elise ... Lisa Hill
David Paymer ... Agent Wooly
Mike Epps ... Stevie Sanders
Jamie Kennedy ... Agent Blum
Nestor Serrano ... Agent Boyle
Kirk Acevedo ... Ramundo
Jeffrey Donovan ... Julio
Megan Dodds ... Agent Walsh
Tia Texada ... Tika
Neil Crone ... Supervisor
Matthew Witherly Matthew Witherly ... Guard
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Storyline

In New York, Alvin Sanders is a small-time thief who's just been hauled in for stealing a bunch of prawns (shrimp) from a local restaurant. He ends up in a cell with John Jaster, one half of a high-tech criminal team that's just stolen $42,000,000 worth of gold from the Federal Reserve. Realizing that he could die at any moment from his worsening heart condition, Jaster tells Alvin to relay a cryptic message to his wife about the whereabouts of the hidden gold. Alvin doesn't know exactly what the message means, and Edgar Clenteen, the U.S. Treasury investigator working the case, hopes it will lead to the gold or Jaster's partner Bristol, but it does neither. Eighteen months later, Jaster is dead, and both Clenteen and Bristol are still looking for that gold. Clenteen decides to secretly plant a tracking device in Alvin's jaw, release him from prison, and then let the word out that he knows where the gold is hidden. Knowing that Bristol is probably watching their every move, Clenteen ... Written by Todd Baldridge

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Alvin Sanders is going to help the Feds catch a killer. He just doesn't know it yet. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, violence and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Carnada See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$51,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,485,591, 17 September 2000

Gross USA:

$15,325,127

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,471,969
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Bristol is reading the information on Alvin from the FBI one screen shows a picture of Alvin holding a pron with the following text. ALVIN DEAN SANDERS WAS BEING SOUGHT IN CONNECTION WITH THE ATTEMPTED BURGLARY OF A NEW YORK SHRIMP WAREHOUSE CONSIDERED EXTREMELY BUMBLING THE FBI IS OFFERING A $50,000 REWARD FOR INFORMATION LEADING DIRECTLY TO THE ARREST OF ALVIN DEAN SANDERS IF YOU CAN READ THIS YOU ARE TOO CLOSE DISCLAIMER **IF YOU CAN READ THIS YOU ARE TOO CLOSE. THE ACCURACY OF THE DATA SUBMITTED BY THE REQUESTER WILL DIRECTLY DETERMINE THE ACCURACY OF THE RESULTS OBTAINED WHILE THE INFORMATION FURNISHED IS FROM RELIABLE SOURCES ITS ACCURACY IS NOT GUARANTEED USE OF AVAILABLE DATA MAY BE SUBJECTED TO FCRA AN OTHER APPLICABLE LAW. See more »

Goofs

The security at the gold vault at the Federal Reserve is incredibly low tech and is impossible to hack into either via computer or through a wall. Located many stories even below the subway, the only way in or out of the vault is through a ten foot corridor which is rotated at night, sealing the vault. (As a note, there is only a 72 hour air supply once the vault is sealed.) (This information is online at the bank's web site, so it's no secret.) See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Supervisor: Gentlemen, we owe a quarterly. Vault 23, encryption download.
Guard: Loaded.
Supervisor: Level five. Sonic, please.
Guard: Stable.
Supervisor: Motion?
Guard: Stable.
Supervisor: Status check, please.
Guard: All secure.
Supervisor: Excellent. Carry on, gentlemen.
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References Roots (1977) See more »

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Life is Sweet
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Somewhat funny and well-paced action thriller.
3 June 2002 | by mhasheiderSee all my reviews

Somewhat funny and well-paced action thriller that has Jamie Foxx as a hapless, fast-talking hoodlum who is chosen by an overly demanding U.S. Treasury Agent (David Morse) to be released on the streets of New York to find a picky computer thief/hacker (Doug Hutchinson), who stole forty-two million dollars from the treasury and left two guards shot dead.

"Bait" marks the sophomore feature for Antoine Fuqua ("The Replacement Killers") and he handles the task fairly well even though it doesn't top his first movie. What the two films have in common is the action sequences, which are flat-out excellent.

Foxx is pretty good here although his character is annoying in the beginning, but throughout the film, I began to catch on. Hutchinson is marvelous as the mastermind who can be ruthless as John Malkovich and patient as the late Laurence Olivier was in "Marathon Man". Morse is okay as the agent who comes up with the ingenious plan to get whoever did it at all cost.


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