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Trailering Firth/Rickman/Diaz/Coens/Hoffman “Gambit”

Michael Hoffman is one of the few American directors who actually knows how to shoot a farce. The Coens certainly know how to write one. Is this going to be the True Romance-type match-up that creates a “forever” movie? We’ll see…

4 Responses to “Trailering Firth/Rickman/Diaz/Coens/Hoffman “Gambit””

  1. movieman says:

    I love Hoffman’s “Some Girls.”
    Montreal has never looked more inviting on film.
    And “One Fine Day,” “Restoration” and “Soap Dish” are very good, too.

    I don’t remember anything about the Caine/MacLaine “Gambit.”
    But does anyone 46 years later? It’s not like it’s a “classic” or anything.
    Which definitely bodes well for this one since it’s basically starting from scratch.
    I hadn’t even realized the Coens wrote it. Hip-hip-hooray.

  2. storymark says:

    I had never even heard of Gambit a few months ago, but was lucky enough to catch it while it was Netflix instant, and found it fairly entertaining.

    This trailer doesn’t look much like the original anyway. I am curious if the remake keeps the first act structural trick the original utilized, but otherwise Im not terribly interested.

  3. The Pope says:

    Storymark,
    Yes, the first act of the original Gambit works because the trick takes so long to kick. But after that, it’s a mundane 60s heist. This version seems utterly lame. DIaz seems miscast and the old British gag of walking around without your trousers is crudely topped by sitting at your desk and showing your knackers to your employee. It says a lot that the Coens wrote this over a decade ago and have shown no interest in ever making it themselves… or even being part of the press-kit. Speaking of which, when does it is open? The UK is November 2012 and the some places around Europe in 2013. But west of the Atlantic… bupkis.

  4. Krillian says:

    Gambit’s scheduled to open February 22 in the US, last I saw.

    Looks kinda fun. Never saw the original. I’d heard it was on Netflix but by the time I got around to go see it, it was gone again.

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