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City of Ghosts (2003)



Critic Consensus: Atmospheric, but that's about it.

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Jimmy Cremmins has been working as a front man for a bogus insurance company set up by his longtime mentor, Marvin. In the aftermath of a disastrous hurricane, claims against their fabricated coverage come pouring in. With Marvin living as an expatriate in Southeast Asia, Jimmy is forced to face the subsequent chaos and investigation on his own. He decides instead to flee and re-group with Marvin in Asia, against Marvin's wishes. After a short stay in Bangkok, Jimmy goes to Cambodia in search of Marvin. During his pursuit he finds himself a stranger in the mysterious and often hostile environs of Southeast Asia. With the aid of the duplicitous Kaspar, another of Marvin's business associates, Jimmy eventually finds Marvin, who attempts to convince Jimmy to join him in his latest venture, the development of a large scale casino with a Cambodian ex-general. But Cambodia is another world--one in which the rules are different, a world where violence isn't merely a threat but a reality--and even the savvy Marvin ends up in over his head. As Jimmy finds himself drawn further down a darkening path of deception, it also becomes his path of self-discovery.

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James Caan
as Marvin
Rose Byrne
as Sabrina
Christopher Curry
as Larry Luckman
Jack Shearer
as Agent Burden
Kirk Fox
as Agent Philips
Vladamir Epifanov
as Nevesky Thug
Michael Hayes
as Harry (American Ex-pat)
Suon Bou Loto
as Red Tuxedo Man
Chim Sophal
as Bar Kep Manager
Murray Wray
as Backpacker
Dean B. Cornish
as Backpacker
Srai Lin
as Buddhist Nun
Anvanith Gui
as Mr. Fung
Peun Pad
as Bo Tree Man
Ang Cheata
as Bellville Boy
as Buffalo Boy
Som Sophiak
as Laughing Lotus Thug
Phoeuk Sokhen
as Laughing Lotus Girl
Seth Sophiak
as Laughing Lotus Girl
Sor Chandara
as Laughing Lotus Mamasan
Kong Senghiene
as Laughing Lotus Papasan
Jon Chan Lakana
as Bar Kep Girl
Nuon Mony Rath
as Bar Kep Girl
Pin Yatheam
as Bar Kep Girl
Meng Bopha
as Bar Kep Girl
as Mover
Sa Eum
as Somnang
Run Rosa
as Orphanage Boy
Thou Soth
as Wat Sarawan Pa Monk
Ian Woodford
as Australian Ex-pat (as Ian 'Snow' Woodford)
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Critic Reviews for City of Ghosts

All Critics (66) | Top Critics (25)

There is so much to admire in Matt Dillon's City of Ghosts that the feeling left over after watching it is an unsettling sense of disappointment and unfairness.

June 28, 2003 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

While it won't be remembered as great cinema, it is actually a tight piece of film noir.

June 14, 2003 | Rating: B

While the film is not short on ideas or implications, none of them is fully developed, leaving us little but atmosphere and warm whiskey to drink in.

June 5, 2003 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A long, winding, but decently layered modern film noir.

May 29, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

Trades more effectively in states of alienated atmospheric delirium than it does the specific mechanics of plot.

May 9, 2003 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Dillon doesn't quite pull it off, but you've got to admire the guy's chutzpah.

May 9, 2003 | Rating: 2/4

Audience Reviews for City of Ghosts

Matt Dillion starred in and directed this atmospheric and interesting noir piece. It has many good moments, seemingly promising more than it ultimately delivers. The biggest drawback is it's meandering nature, never quite hitting the notes it wants to. A multitude to plots are served up, but never satisfactorily seen through. Still, I really enjoyed the film's sense of place, captured through some great cinematography.

Jeffrey Meyers
Jeffrey Meyers

Super Reviewer


There were some good elements to this film ? yet it didn?t quite work for me. Enjoyed Matt Dillan (and of course he Directed this film also), loved the not so typical choice of using Cambodia as the backdrop to the story and really enjoyed the music too. Pretty natural performances all around. For me the downfall lay not in the actual plot, but in the actual story of corruption ? I felt it was weak, confusing and slow moving at times, it was more of a working progress.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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