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David Mamet
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Date of Birth: Nov 30, 1947

Country: USA

Biography: You know you're watching a work by David Mamet as soon as the characters start speaking. His dialogue, or Mamet-speak, is instantly recognizable for its strange cadence and occasional vulgarity. He's been nominated for two Oscars -- for 1997's Wag the Dog and 1982's the Verdict.

Total Titles at Criticker: 32 - You've Seen 0

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Titles You Haven't Rated: Writer (29) | Director (14) | Actor (1)
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Phil Spector (2013)
A drama centered on the relationship between Phil Spector and defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden while the music business legend was on trial for the murder of Lana Clarkson. (imdb)
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Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay (2012)
Ricky Jay is a world-renowned magician, author, historian and actor (often a mischievous presence in the films of David Mamet and Paul Thomas Anderson) -- and a performer who regularly provokes astonishment from even the most jaded audiences. Deceptive Practice traces Jay's achievements and influences.
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Lost Masterpieces of Pornography (2010)
This lost masterpiece of pornography was recently discovered in a woodworking shop of a Beverly Hills dentist. June Crenshaw (Kristen Bell) was known as the 'sex kitten' of the Supreme Court.
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Redbelt (2008)
A fateful event leads to a job in the film business for top mixed-martial arts instructor Mike Terry. Though his refuses to participate in prize bouts, circumstances conspire to force him to consider entering such a competition.
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The Unit (2006)
The Unit (2006) - TV Series
Hour long show which looks at the life of American super-secret operators. (imdb)
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Edmond (2005)
A successful businessman leaves his wife and family after a visit to a fortune teller. He embarks on a journey of self-discovery and redemption heading into New York's underworld where he kills a pimp and a wanna-be actress that lands him in jail.
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Spartan (2004)
A "lone wolf" U.S. government secret agent, Scott( Kilmer), is assigned the task of rescuing the kidnapped daughter (Bell) of a high ranking government figure, only to discover along the way a larger, more sinister plot. (imdb)
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Hannibal (2001)
Hannibal returns to America and attempts to make contact with disgraced Agent Starling and survive a vengeful victim's plan.
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Heist (2001)
A smart, complex ensemble about a masterfully-minded gold robbery. (Warner Bros.)
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Catastrophe (2000)
Catastrophe (2000) - Short Film
One of Samuel Beckett's shortest plays. A director and his assistant prepare an aged man for a public spectacle for a political purpose. The play was dedicated to the Czech dissident Vaclev Havel and was recently revived by the director and scientist Stephen Armourae as part of his 'New Blood' Theatre Season... (imdb)
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State and Main (2000)
A big-budget movie crew descends upon a quaint New England village, sowing a bumper crop of corruption, vanity and greed.
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Lakeboat (2000)
Coming-of-age tale set aboard a shipping freighter traveling America's Great Lakes. Creating a memoir of his own experiences, writer and Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross, American Buffalo) tells the story of Dale, an Ivy League college student who briefly joins a world-weary crew. Exposed to a seafaring lifestyle which falls short of his literary visions, Dale instead finds the experience rich in unexpected ways... (imdb)
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The Winslow Boy (1999)
Set in 1910, The Winslow Boy is based on a real-life story of a young cadet who is accused of stealing a five-shilling postal note. As his case proceeds, it challenges many long accepted legal notions and sets off a national frenzy, exacting a heavy price on the family that takes on his defense. (Sony Pictures Classics)
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Lansky (1999)
Lansky (1999) - TV Movie
Famed American playwright David Mamet penned this biopic about the infamous Meyer Lansky (Richard Dreyfuss), a big-city crime boss with a razor-sharp intellect. The film delves into Lansky's youth as a Jewish immigrant, who uses his brainpower to eventually rule the organized crime world. Along with his old friend, Ben "Bugsy" Siegel (Eric Roberts), Lansky dreams up the city of Las Vegas to make sure crime will always pay.
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Ronin (1998)
When an international team of former Cold War intelligence adversaries meet in a warehouse, their adventure of friendship, intrigue and betrayal has just begun. Like the masterless Samurai of ages past, these modern day Ronin are embarking on their final covert mission -- to recover a mysterious briefcase for an unknown employer and to stay alive. (MGM)
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The Spanish Prisoner (1997)
This film centers on an elaborate confidence game, and its labyrinthine plot is laden with twists and reversals. (Sony Pictures Classics)
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Wag the Dog (1997)
Wickedly fictional with historical overtones truer than many care to admit, Wag The Dog examines the blurred lines between politics, the media and show business.
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The Edge (1997)
A billionaire and two other men are stranded, unequipped, by a plane crash in a dangerous wilderness. How many will survive to be rescued? (imdb)
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American Buffalo (1996)
Don Dubro, the proprietor of a dusty dark inner-city junk shop, holds court there with his friends and makes plans probably on a daily basis for his ascendancy to the top. He does this more out of habit than hope because he's long ago surrendered his future to the daily repetition of his life as guardian of the discarded remnants of others' possessions... (imdb)
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Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants (1996)
This was a filmed performance of Jay's Broadway show, directed by his friend, David Mamet. It is literate, intelligent, and better than any magic performance you have ever seen. Jay is a heavy-set man who projects an image of a slightly seamy autodidact -- not too far from what he really is; he has, without the benefit of formal education, made himself THE authority on the history of magic. In any case, Ricky Jay does things with cards and close up magic that will leave you stunned. (Karagarga)
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Vanya on 42nd Street (1994)
An uniterrupted rehersal of Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya" played out by a company of actors. The setting is their run down theater with an unusable stage and crumbling ceiling. The play is shown act by act with the briefest of breaks to move props or for refreshments. The lack of costumes, real props and scenery is soon forgotten.
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Oleanna (1994)
A two character movie, involving a college professor, John, who is confronted by a female student, Carol, who is failing his course. The two spend a long time talking to each other, during which time John says a few things that can be taken the wrong way... (imdb)
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Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
A group of real estate salesmen in Chicago compete for the best "leads" at a small firm selling property in "resort" areas, such as Florida and Arizona. When a hotshot executive from the head office arrives and proposes a vicious sales contest, competition gets stiff, and salesmen who have worked a lifetime for the company find their jobs in jeopardy. (Artisan)
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Hoffa (1992)
A film based on the story of legendary union figure Jimmy Hoffa. (imdb)
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Homicide (1991)
Policeman Bob Gold has to capture a murder that not even the FBI has been able to find. But before he can even start he is re-assigned to the murder of an old lady in a black area. The evidence points at a Jewish group and he discovers connections between them and his previous case. (imdb)
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A couple of escaped convicts on the run find refuge with the Church when they are mistaken for two priests... (imdb)
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Things Change (1988)
Gino, an Italian-American shoe-shiner with a remarkable similarity to a certain mafia don, is paid to take the rap for a murder. Jerry, a two-bit gangster on probation, is given a chance for redemption by guarding Gino for the weekend. But instead of sitting around a dingy hotel room, Jerry decides to give Gino a weekend to remember, taking him to Lake Tahoe... (imdb)
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The Untouchables (1987)
Federal Agent Elliot Ness sets out to take out Al Capone; because of rampant corruption, he assembles a small, hand-picked team. (imdb)
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House of Games (1987)
A psychiatrist's patient is in desperate need of money, so she agrees to help him. (imdb)
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About Last Night... (1986)
A man and woman meet and try to have a romantic affair, despite their personal problems and the interference of their disapproving friends. (imdb)
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The Verdict (1982)
A lawyer sees the chance to salvage his career and self-respect by taking a medical malpractice case to trial rather than settling. (imdb)
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The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)
This remake of the 1946 movie of the same name accounts an affair between a seedy drifter and a seductive wife of a roadside cafe owner. This begins a chain of events that culminates in murder. (imdb)
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