Traveller

1997, Drama/Romance, 1h 41m

28 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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Though it may not explore its core issues as deeply as some may like, Traveller is nevertheless a smart and funny portrait of a relatively unfamiliar subculture with some strong performances. Read critic reviews

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A con man (Bill Paxton) teaches a novice (Mark Wahlberg) the rules for membership in an Irish-American grifters gang.

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  • Jul 11, 2012
    Traveller does a number of things well, with some funny scenes, strong performances, and a unique overall take on the "con game" subculture. At the same time, I did find the script to be at parts underwritten, and at parts overwritten. We never quite fully appreciate the clan, or how it impacted Wahlberg's father, making many of the character motivations murky. The ending also lost its way, with so many twists that the believability factor that the film had most of its run grew thin. The flaws are ultimately outweighed though, by the film's world building; the subculture, though not entirely fleshed out, feels real, the cons they play (predominately), feel oddly tired but effective. The world the film creates feels equally tragic, funny, and fascinating. 3/5 Stars
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  • Dec 19, 2011
    Really cool smooth drama about a swindling gypsy (Bill Paxson) named Bokky Sherlock, that is the head swindler in the family of Irish clan who works for (Luke Askew) Boss Jack Costello. In turns for loyalty to the clan whatever they collect out of their swildlings, a percentage must be returned to care for the clan as well as protection for kinfolk. Sure as it turns out, a young man (Mark Wahlberg) Pat O'Hara comes home to bury his father only to find resentment from the same folks that gave him a livelihood. Boss Jack Costello is against Pat O'Hara's staying because his father turned his back on the family, to find his true love outside the brood. Before matters can get any worse, Bokky steps in to take Pat in under his wing to show him the way of the clan, against Boss Jack's advised wishes. This movie really holds you in as the deeper the scams get the more interesting the story unravels...into an untimely, yet bloody ending. Timelessly interesting..with a catchy beginning "King Of The Road" tune. See this, it is not that bad!
    Fascade F Super Reviewer
  • Feb 04, 2008
    When I saw this it was just called Traveller. Anyhow, what drew me to this was Paxton having a lead role. The story was great, telling the story of modern day gypsies; the scams they pull and the lifestyle they live. Add into the mix one of Mark Wahlberg's first performances and an excellent plot and I'm surprised this film isn't ranked higher in hidden gems category. Oh well, Paxton rules!
    Christopher B Super Reviewer

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