Actor Kevin Spacey made his directorial debut in this uneven crime thriller that has the claustrophobic feel of a play. Matt Dillon, Gary Sinise, and William Fichtner play a trio of robbers who have just pulled a job gone wrong. On the run from the cops, they hide out in a basement bar, where they try to figure out their next move. There's a certain amount of urgency, however, because Sinise, the brains of the outfit, is badly wounded--which means that Fichtner, the group psycho, is allowed to run wild, terrorizing the barflies unlucky enough to be their hostages. As the cops swarm outside the bar--thinking these three are major criminals rather than small potatoes--tensions mount, mostly through misunderstanding. But it's all a lot of talk, not nearly enough of it interesting, that pushes the movie slowly to its inevitable conclusion. --Marshall Fine --This text refers to the VHS Tape edition.
Great cast, good premise,(dimwitted crooks hole up in a bar and hold patrons hostage), but loses steam about halfway through. Read morePublished on May 20 2011 by Ms. Smith
....the ultimo movie about a bungled heist job and the crooks are holed out somewheres is....Reservior Dogs. This has great actors in it... Read morePublished on June 8 2004 by yygsgsdrassil
Strong, strong debuts from Kevin Spacey as director and Christian Forte as writer. Strong cast, except for Faye Dunaway, who is apparently still channeling Joan Crawford, or maybe... Read morePublished on Sept. 12 2002 by Brian Boyle
Director Kevin Spacey leads a superb cast who do reasonably well considering the material. Don't get me wrong, the film's idea is a good one. Read morePublished on Aug. 11 2002 by Erik Pack
I bought this DVD purely to hear the feature-length director's commentary by THE MAN himself, Kevin Spacey. I wasn't disappointed. Read morePublished on July 13 2002 by Ignacio Blade
Barely a year after rocketing to stardom as an actor, Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey debuts as director with a quirky, tense film about bungling hoodlums holding five hostages in a... Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2002 by larry
This movie is convoluted and so hard to follow. It is not worth the effort. These characters are all fine one on one, but they do not come together well for a coherent story. Read morePublished on June 4 2001
DO NOT BUY THIS MOVIE. Sounds good on paper but throughout the whole film, NOTHING HAPPENS. Unfortunately, I kept waiting for the payoff. Believe me, there isn't one.Published on Dec 5 2000 by The Orange Duke
ALBINO ALLIGATOR, Kevin Spacey's first movie as a director, is clearly divided into two distinctive parts. Read morePublished on May 10 2000 by Daniel S.