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Chain of Fools (2000)

Salma Hayek plays an avid detective assigned to the heist of a batch of precious coins that end up in the hands of a suicidal barber.

Directors:

Pontus Löwenhielm (as Traktor), Patrick von Krusenstjerna (as Traktor)

Writer:

Bix Skahill
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Steve Zahn ... Kresk
Salma Hayek ... Kolko
Jeff Goldblum ... Avnet
Elijah Wood ... Mikey
David Cross ... Andy
Tom Wilkinson ... Bollingsworth
Orlando Jones ... Miss Cocoa
Kevin Corrigan ... Paulie
David Hyde Pierce ... Mr. Kerner
Lara Flynn Boyle ... Karen
John Cassini ... Henchman
Michael Rapaport ... Hitman
Myndy Crist ... Jeannie
Craig Ferguson ... Melander Stevens
Devin Douglas Drewitz ... Scottie (as Devin Drewitz)
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Storyline

"Chain of Fools" is a heist comedy-romance about a hapless barber whose life takes a turn for the worse when he ends up in possession of a stolen treasure of ancient coins (the "Shiny New Enemies") and simultaneously falls on the wrong side of the law and in love with the detective investigating the crime. Written by Joanna Waddell <cyln@sprynet.com>

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Taglines:

A little larceny. A lot of laughs! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Warner Bros.

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Shiny New Enemies See more »

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Claudia Schiffer was originally cast as Karen. See more »

Goofs

When Mikey (Elijah Wood) is about to shoot Bollingsworth (Tom Wilkinson), he points a Walther P99 pistol at him. The pistol is, however, not cocked as revealed by the absence of the bright red "cocked" indicator below the rear sights. This would make it impossible for the weapon to fire. (This may have been an intentional precaution by the filmmakers as the weapon has no safety switch.) See more »

Quotes

Mikey: You wanna go see a show? We should go see "Cats"...that's a good show!
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Soundtracks

Better Days (And The Bottom Drops Out)
Written by Matt Sims & David Cooley
Performed by Citizen King
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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The Ultimate Movie Review! - http://tss5078.blogspot.com
4 May 2012 | by Tss5078See all my reviews

Chain of Fools isn't your typical laugh out loud movie, but it is a unique film with an interesting story and a chain of awesome guest appearances. Picture Ocean's Eleven, but instead of criminal masterminds, imagine the crew was just a bunch of idiots who fell into the perfect crime, and you'll understand what this film is about. Steve Zahn plays the lead and was terrific as the barber whose always in the wrong place at the wrong time. He wasn't my favorite of this unique cast of characters however, that award goes to Elijah Wood, who was hilarious as the emotionally scarred teenage hit man. Seeing this little guy, who Scotty could have beaten up, as the big bad hit man was just hilarious. Wood even attempts to grow a mustache for the role and fails miserably. On the surface this is a strange film and as you watch it, it gets stranger, but at the same time, it gets better and better. This is the kind of film you won't see very often, but watching it definitely has its advantages.


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