Duplicity

Directed By: Tony Gilroy Starring: Clive Owen Julia Roberts

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CIA officer Claire Stenwick and MI6 agent Ray Koval have left the world of government intelligence to cash in on the highly profitable cold war raging between two rival multinational corporations. Their mission? Secure the formula for a product that will bring a fortune to the company that patents it first. For their employers--industry titan Howard Tully and buccaneer CEO Dick Garsik-- nothing is out of bounds. But as the stakes rise, the mystery deepens and the tactics get dirtier, the trickiest secret for Claire and Ray is their growing attraction. And as they each try to stay one double-cross ahead, two career loners find their schemes endangered by the only thing they can't cheat their way out of: love.

Specifications

Studio Universal
SKU 211407289
UPC 025195046176
UPC 14 00025195046176
Format DVD
Release Date 8/25/2009
Rating Rating
Keywords
Action
Affairs
Espionage
Love Affairs
Romances
Secret Agents
Spies
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Editors Note
Note DUPLICITY is a slick, Soderberghian comic caper in which it?s never exactly clear who is being conned. It?s easy to see that ex-CIA agent Claire Stenwick (Julia Roberts) and former MI6 member Ray Koval (Clive Owen) have a heated history together when they embark on an elaborate mission of corporate espionage. Two rival CEOs (played by the always fantastic Tom Wilkinson and Paul Giamatti) are battling for the top spot in their industry, and a top-secret new product would determine who would wear the crown. But this isn?t just about business innovation and profit: Claire and Ray have a plan that would help them get the prized formula and walk away with millions. ^Tony Gilroy?s previous work as screenwriter and director--namely the Jason Bourne films and MICHAEL CLAYTON--didn?t give any indication that he could create something this bouncy and light. But while DUPLICITY is fun, it?s never dumb; it jumps back and forth in time with style, playing an elaborate game that its scheming lead characters would be proud of. As Ray and Claire, Owen and Roberts display the same fiery chemistry that they showed in the gut-punching romantic drama CLOSER, but this time, they play (mostly) nice. If DUPLICITY can draw comparison to the classic genre bender CHARADE, then it?s not a stretch to liken Owen to Cary Grant--he has an easy charm that ensnares not only each woman in the film but everyone in the audience as well.
Reviews
Hollywood Reporter "The movie is fun, with plenty of intrigue and suspense that will have audiences clutching at their arm rests....Gilroy is truly one of Hollywood's best filmmakers when it comes to story. He can create strong characters and breathtaking situations that throw off extreme tension." 03/16/2009
Variety "An ultra-sophisticated love story between two corporate spies with pronounced mutual trust issues, DUPLICITY is a brainy, non-violent MR. AND MRS. SMITH....Smart, droll and dazzling to look at and listen to..." 03/16/2009 ,"An ultra-sophisticated love story between two corporate spies with pronounced mutual distrust issues, DUPLICITY is a brainy, non-violent MR. AND MRS. SMITH....Smart, droll and dazzling to look at and listen to..." 03/19/2009
USA Today "[A] brainy lark....It's risky, high-stakes madness involving the top floor-dwelling heads of rival companies....With smart writing delivered by an in-synch quartet..." 03/20/2009
Los Angeles Times "[A] sleek, dizzying entertainment....A throwback to the days of old-school caper movies like TO CATCH A THIEF, DUPLICITY is just the kind of sophisticated amusement you would expect from filmmaker Tony Gilroy." 03/20/2009
New York Times "Its densely coiled plot and splintered chronology reveal a cascade of familiar genres and styles....DUPLICITY is superior entertainment, the most elegantly pleasurable movie of its kind to come around in a very long time 03/20/2009
Entertainment Weekly "Gilroy's articulate script is a stylish structure engineered to support sly double crosses, fake-outs, and gotchas....[With] Julia Roberts, in full Hollywood movie-star mode....It is an undeniable thrill to see her again -- amazingly, naturally, inimitably starry as ever..." -- Grade:B 03/27/2009
Rolling Stone "[I]t's Roberts and Owen who hold focus....You're in for bright mischief with a dark streak that runs down to its core. Gilroy and his stars make it elegant fun to be fooled..." 04/02/2009
Washington Post "DUPLICITY is a pleasant big-studio diversion, a screwball romance with beautiful movie stars set in gorgeous hotel rooms, deluxe office spaces and corporate jets. It's smart..." 03/20/2009
Chicago Sun-Times 3 stars out of 4 -- "DUPLICITY is entertaining....The fun is in watching Roberts and Owen fencing with dialogue, keeping straight faces, trying to read each other's minds." 03/18/2009
Premiere "This is only Gilroy's second film in the director's chair, which makes the smart dialog and superstar cast even more impressive." 03/19/2009
A.V. Club "[E]legant, witty, suspenseful, glamorous, and briskly entertaining..." 08/26/2009
Directors
Tony Gilroy
Actors
Clive Owen
Julia Roberts
Cast & Crew
Clive Owen - Star
Tom Wilkinson - Star
Paul Giamatti - Star
Julia Roberts - Star
Dan Dailey - Star
Lisa Roberts Gillan - Star
David Shumbris - Star
Rick Worthy - Star
Denis O'Hare - Star
Tom McCarthy - Star
Jennifer Fox - Producer
Robert Elswit - Director of Photography
Ryan Kavanaugh - Executive Producer
James Newton Howard - Composer
Kerry Orent - Producer
Tony Gilroy - Screenwriter
Laura Bickford - Producer
Tony Gilroy - Director
Technical Info
Catalog ID 61105482
UPC 00025195046176
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 125 minutes
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
Reviews
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review Given the assault of devilishly clever plot twists that buzz-bomb your brain like a two-hour binge of quad-shot lattes, Duplicity goes down as too smart for its own good. Hasn't writer-director Tony Gilroy (Michael Clayton) read the surveys that say the last thing economically challenged audiences want is to think? In any case, Gilroy has chosen to ignore Hollywood's greed-fueled wisdom. And we're all the better for it. Duplicity makes demands that the payoff doesn't quite justify, but getting there actually is half the fun...It's Roberts and Owen who hold focus. Their love story is built on mutual mistrust. Is she playing him or is it the other way around? The actors make you care. Roberts has a great scene interrogating a homely travel employee (a terrific Carrie Preston) whom Ray banged brainless on her office desk to get info. The woman doesn't miss an erotic beat in detailing her one night with a hottie, action she assumes Claire gets on a regular basis. Roberts plays the scene in total, cold silence, but subtly registers anger morphing into hurt...Still, all emotions are suspects in Duplicity. "If I told you I loved you, would it make any difference?" Claire asks Ray. "If you told me, or if I believed you?" he answers. Gilroy is playing with play-acting, a necessary talent for spies and movie stars. You may leave the theater not knowing who to believe, but you're in for bright mischief with a dark streak that runs down to its core. Gilroy and his stars make it elegant fun to be fooled, but they sure as hell make you work for it.
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Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Julia Roberts and Clive Owen generate fierce electricity in "Duplicity," but we (and they) don't know if it's romantic or wicked. They're Claire and Ray, government spies (she CIA, he MI6) who meet on assignment in Dubai; she sleeps with him, then steals his secret documents. They both enter the private sector, working for the counterespionage departments of competing shampoo giants. At stake: The formula for a top-secret formula that, when revealed, does indeed seem to be worth the high-tech games being played to steal and protect it...This isn't a two-hander; Gilroy uses his supporting cast for key roles. Tom Wilkinson and Paul Giamatti play the two enemy soap tycoons, both consumed by desperate intensity. Carrie Preston steals a scene from Roberts with her hilarious role as a company travel agent who may have been seduced by Ray but bubbles over about how glad she is that it happened. Roberts is amusingly inscrutable as she listens..."Duplicity" is entertaining, but the complexities of its plot keep it from being really involving: When nothing is as it seems, why care? The fun is in watching Roberts and Owen fencing with dialogue, keeping straight faces, trying to read each other's minds. That, and admiring the awesome technology that goes into corporate espionage. I don't understand why Wall Street executives deserve millions, but I can see why these two might. All the money they hope to steal, added together, wouldn't amount to an annual bonus for one of the bankruptcy masterminds.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Features
DVD, English, Spanish, French, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1)
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
A.O. Scott, The New York Times Superior entertainment, the most elegantly pleasurable movie of its kind to come around in a very long time.
David Denby, The New Yorker An enormously enjoyable hybrid, a romantic comedy set at the center of a caper movie. But the froth arrives with steel bubbles--the tone is amused and mordantly satirical.
Lou Lumenick, New York Post Whip-smart, sexy and delightfully twisty romantic thriller.

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