Flawless

Flawless

DVD - 2008
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Laura Quinn is an executive at the London Diamond Corporation who finds herself routinely stifled on the corporate ladder. Hobbs is an equally overlooked nighttime janitor with an intimate knowledge of the security system. Hobbs has a score to settle with the Corporation. Sensing Laura's frustration, Hobbs convinces her to help him pull off an ingenious heist.
Publisher: Los Angeles : Magnolia Home Entertainment, c2008.
Edition: Widescreen version.
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE SUSPENSE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 109 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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voisjoe1_0
Jun 18, 2015

The highlights of this diamond caper film are the great acting of Michael Caine and the clever method of how someone made hundreds of pounds of diamonds go missing .

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pegasus71
Nov 16, 2013

Despite the casting of Michael Caine and Demi Moore, this is a run of the mill heist film with a completely absurd plot. And, unfortunately, the DVD doesn't have English subtitles. With a poor sound track and a great deal of conversation between Caine and Moore muttered in whispers, much of the dialogue is lost to the viewer.

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clarap
Oct 25, 2012

Interesting, throughly enjoyed this DVD.

aaa5756 Sep 19, 2012

This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. “Not too bad---good performance”. "I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.”

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rslade
Nov 02, 2011

Unfortunately fairly standard heist flick. Could have done more with the insider premise.

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bfabb
Apr 28, 2011

The actors are great, but the plot was a bit dull.

rkitney May 18, 2010

Great suspense filled movie with a solid plot line. Always love Michael Caine. Good perspective on how times have changed - so many ways that this could not happen in today's society where so much more data and communication, and your location can be tracked.

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CalicoJack
Jul 27, 2009

This so-so film about a fictional diamond heist makes the error of casting Michael Caine as a warm & fuzzy character, when he excels so much more in edgier roles. Lambert Wilson does an okay job as Demi Moore’s unrequited love interest--but what really grabs the spotlight here are the visuals--especially the stunning 1960s fashions & accessories created for Moore by costume designer Dinah Collin. (Watch for a rare original set of 1950s costume jewellery made with Swarovski crystals by Christian Dior, borrowed from the Fior Collection, one of the world’s finest private collections of vintage 20th-century fashion jewellery. Swarovski also lent the film over 1.5 million cubic zirconia stones, cut to equal the light dispersion & lustre of the finest diamonds, & 3 tonnes of topaz chunks to simulate diamonds in the rough.)

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Michael
Aug 29, 2008

Ok, here it comes: I think "11 Harrowhouse", the original 1974 movie that "Flawless" is based on, still strikes a more clever cinematic cord than this modern-day heist flick.
In both movies, the world's pre-eminent diamond clearinghouse, based in London, is ripped off by an insider/outsider matchup; a disgruntled employee seeking revenge is the insider, and the outsider is an American; the head of the cartel dies from the pressure of trying to re-acquire the diamonds; and "plumbing" and pipes play a significant role in both films.
I remember thinking "11 Harowhouse" was a very clever and exciting movie. The plot was a war of wits that dripped rife with irony. I loved all the characters and the actors who impeccably played them. An incredibly youthful Charles Grodin who also wrote the screenplay cast himself perfectly as narrator and protagonist. Michael Caine would have had to be at his absolute best to equal the work of the 3 great British thespians in "11 Harrowhouse": James Mason. John Guilgud, and Trevor Howard. All of them were "flawless" in their roles in the original.
Grodin's touch with all the characters he scripted, made me laugh - in that very British kind of way that flows from their understated brand of humour. Even Candice Bergen was funny, sometimes unintensionally (deja-vu for her Best Supporting Actress nod as Burt Renolds singing-ex in the 1979 comedy "Starting Over").
And while "Flawless" is unpredictable when you least expect it, suspenseful and polished, with great chemistry between its stars - and I did come away liking it - why I did, hasn't lingered.
Maybe it was the motive provided for this near-perfect break-in, maybe it was the movie's feining earnestness in skimming over the issue of slave-trading in the diamond industry, maybe it was just trying too hard at including feminism into a plot that worked without it before so that it became an unavoidable irritant, I don't know.

I came away longing to see the original again - a comedy with some seriousness and suspense, instead of just a heist thriller with pretensions of realism.
It's hard liking a movie and having that thought spoiled somewhat by an easy feeling that it was bested by its precursor over 30 yrs ago.
Of course if you're not old enough to remember the original - such thoughts are immaterial, so go out and enjoy "Flawless". It's still a good crime/heist-genre flick with high suspense and revealing glimpses into what diamonds meant to the world in the late fifties/and the start of the sixties - even to the world we live in today.
If you're not surprised and impressed by the modern relevance of the notions explored by the film, then just get into the two main characters and their machinations. Cain is perfect as the brilliant but underestimated janitor who conceives the robbery, and Demi Moore is great as the woman-in-power finally, after having been passed-over once too many times in the past.

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joseph
Aug 21, 2008

Good. This is a good caper only if you leave your brain at the door. A wonderful tool that film-makers have at their disposal is to take us on a journey of discovery allowing only the bare minimum of details to keep you in the loop. I love films that begs the question "how did he do it?" And for this film - there's no exception. The time frame of the film is 1960; Demi Moore plays the only woman in an all male diamond company; Michael Caine plays the janitor who wants to steal diamonds. Again, the film is fun to watch (may be a little slow for some) but it could've been so much better if they made the caper believable.

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Aug 29, 2008

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Michael
Aug 29, 2008

It took the heist of the century to settle the score.

He had a scheme. She had a motive.

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Michael
Aug 29, 2008

Mr. Hobbs: May I give you some advice, Miss Quinn?
Laura Quinn: Well, you are the one holding the gun.
Mr. Hobbs: Life is for living. It's there for the taking. Grant yourself no regrets.

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