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The Prime Gig (2000)

The Prime Gig (2000)

The Prime Gig




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Vince Vaughn stars in this drama as Pendleton "Penny" Wise, a gifted telemarketer who can sell almost anything over the phone. He's making a good living doing phone sales for Mick (Stephen Tobolowsky), until Mick's operation goes bust without enough funds to pay Penny or his co-workers Archie (George Wendt) and Gene (Wallace Shawn). Suddenly in dire financial straits, Penny is approached by Caitlin Carlson (Julia Ormond), who is recruiting telephone salesmen for Kelly Grant (Ed Harris). Grant is a legend in the telemarketing industry, but not always for positive reasons; one of his previous operations landed him in jail, and Penny isn't sure if Grant's latest scheme -- selling shares in a gold mine -- is on the level. Grant assures Penny that his new operation is legit, and even gives him a tour of the mining facilities; Penny signs on, though he still has his doubts. Soon Penny is outpacing his fellow sales people; he receives healthy bonus checks from Grant and has also become involved with Carlson; but he has a funny feeling that the good times can't last forever. The Prime Gig was the first feature film from successful theatrical director Gregory Mosher.more
Rating: R (for language and sexuality)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: William Wheeler, William Wheeler
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 12, 2002
Fine Line Features


Vince Vaughn
as Pendelton `Penny' Wi...
Julia Ormond
as Caitlin Carlson
Ed Harris
as Kelly Grant
Christina Cabot
as Bank Teller
Amber Benson
as Batgirl
Jeff Ricketts
as Agent Diamelle
Jason Sklar
as One of The Twins
Randy Sklar
as One of The Twins
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Critic Reviews for The Prime Gig

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | June 6, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A film noir about telemarketing? Actually, I bought it.

March 16, 2006
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

...a mishmash of so many clichés that are standard to this genre which makes it impossible to become involved in the film.

Full Review… | August 1, 2003
Reel Film Reviews

A worthy entry into a very difficult genre.

Full Review… | January 30, 2002

A well paced and satisfying little drama that deserved better than a 'direct-to-video' release.

Full Review… | January 29, 2002
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for The Prime Gig

If you are a Vince Vaughn fan like I'am,then its worth a look, otherwise, avoid this movie.

Kevin L

Super Reviewer


I miss this vince vaughan, I'd do anything to have him back...

But to be honest, the story of a small time con-man and his attempt to make it big wouldn't have been interesting without him, seeing none of the other characters are developed at all.

I can only recommend this to fans of Vaughan.

This was entertaining, but there really isn't a lot going on in it. Or at least there is not alot of interesting or original stuff going on.

Vaughn is in the fast talk mode that made him famous. Ed Harris is completely wasted as a once mysterious character who shows up and doesn't do a whole lot.

It's kind of like Glengarry Glenross (in fact, I've heard people call this a rip off, but I disagree) and that appealed to me, but the characters are not as funny and the dialogue does not even compare to it.

It's worth a watch, but don't dwell on it. i found it to be a wannabe thought provoking con game, but it just can't live up to it. But everything does make sense in the end and that is saying something these days. There is one great scene (upon reflection) that features Harris giving a speech about wealth. It doesn't really mean much when he says it, but by the end the real meaning is there.

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