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Inside Man (2006)



Critic Consensus: Spike Lee's energetic and clever bank-heist thriller is a smart genre film that is not only rewarding on its own terms, but manages to subvert its pulpy trappings with wit and skill.

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The volatile showdown between a determined cop and a perfectionist bank robber is sent spiraling toward disaster when a scheming power broker steps in to take control of the situation in this hair-raising heist flick directed by Spike Lee and starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, and Jodie Foster. Dalton Russell (Owen) is a bank robber with a difference. In his quest to execute the perfect heist, Dalton has taken every possible factor into consideration. Dalton's uncanny ability of staying one step ahead of the law thwarts even-tempered Detective Keith Frazier's (Washington) best efforts. But there's another factor at play. The bank president (Christopher Plummer) has requested the services of high-profile negotiator Madeline White (Foster). Despite her commendable track record, Madeline is something of a wild card, and before the day is over, this bank robbery will go down in history as one of the most elaborate heists ever executed. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Denzel Washington
as Det. Keith Frazier
Clive Owen
as Dalton Russell
Jodie Foster
as Madeline White
Willem Dafoe
as Capt. John Darius
Chiwetel Ejiofor
as Det. Bill Mitchell
Peter Frechette
as Peter Hammond
Peter Gerety
as Capt. Coughlin
Victor Colicchio
as Sgt. Collins
Gerry Vichi
as Herman Gluck
Waris Ahluwalia
as Vikram Walia
Rafael Osorio
as Bank Guard
Daryl 'Chill' Mitchell
as Mobile Command Officer Rourke
Ashlie Atkinson
as Mobile Command Officer Berk
David Brown
as Mobile Command Officer Carnow
Robert C. Kirk
as Mobile Command Officer Borinsky
Frank Stellato
as Mobile Command Detective
Marcia Jean Kurtz
as Miriam Douglas
Ed Onipede Blunt
as Ray Robinson
Amir Ali Said
as Brian Robinson
as Paul Guitierez
Samantha Ivers
as Nancy Mann
Jason Manuel Olazabal
as ESU Officer Hernandez
Jeff Ward
as ESU Officer Jesus
Craig Marcus Spitzer
as Seth Greenblatt
Lily Agosto
as Gladys Perez
Patrick Illig
as Brad Stone
Frank Composto
as Eric Dodge
Agim Coma
as Borova
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Critic Reviews for Inside Man

All Critics (208) | Top Critics (57)

Foster's slick performance as "fixer" Madeleine White adds to the intrigue and suspense, along with the supporting characters...

March 31, 2020 | Full Review…

[A] wily thriller, which revitalizes a familiar premise by turning it inside out.

April 29, 2008 | Full Review…

As unexpected as some of its plot twists is the fact that this unapologetic genre movie was directed by Spike Lee, who has never sold himself as Mr. Entertainment. But here it is, a Spike Lee joint that's downright fun.

November 1, 2007 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Supremely annoying and nonsensical.

January 27, 2007 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

A slick, kinetic and relatively straightforward -- which is to say enjoyably twisty-turny -- tranche of cat-and-mouse procedural.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

I gloried in the sheer spectacle of Jodie Foster as Madeline White, an exquisitely groomed, fearlessly feline fixer striding on her high heels and her high horse into one supposedly perilous situation after another.

April 5, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Inside Man


Don't look too closely, because a lot of this simply doesn't make sense. Beyond that consideration though it can be a wee bit of fun. Spike Lee gives each of his international cast of New Yorkers screen time to lay down their plot points and get out of the way, one has the feeling of being at a theater party. Standouts include Jodie Foster's slimy hatchet man, Willem Dafoe good guy (for once!!!) cop and, of course, Chris Plummer's Nazi collaborator (they'll put in on his tombstone!). Good fun all around.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Lovely heist film. Spike Lee at his best

Spencer Macklin
Spencer Macklin

Super Reviewer


Spike Lee's Inside Man leaves it all inside the bank.

For a 2 hour film that spends most of its time in a bank, the story remains intriguing throughout. The pacing is never to slow nor to fast, but the storytelling is choppy during some instances, although it is easy to see what Spike Lee is trying to do. It's only a minor irritant when all is said and done.

There's not a lot of action in here, and quite frankly this picture doesn't need it. The plot and dialogue of the characters is enough to keep this film afloat.

Denzel Washington's persona and line delivery is on the money, while Clive Owen's confident character is a good adversary for Washington. The mystery that surrounds Jodie Foster's character is fantastic; however, she loses points for lack of screen time.

As far as crime thrillers go, Inside Man comes together as a recommendable production.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

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