No Good Deed (2003)



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Based on a story of the same name by Dashiell Hammett, the crime thriller The House on Turk Street was directed by veteran filmmaker Bob Rafelson. Cello-playing cop Jack Friar (Samuel L. Jackson) searches for a teenage runaway on Turk Street and ends up in the home of an elderly couple (Joss Ackland and Grace Zabriskie). The house also turns out to be the headquarters for a gang of criminals who are planning a bank robbery, and Jack is quickly held hostage. When Jack is left alone with gang member Erin (Milla Jovovich), he teaches her to play the cello and the two share a mutal attraction. Meanwhile, Erin continues to manipulate gang leader Tyrone (Stellan Skarsgard), violent thug Hoop (Doug Hutchison), and inside man David (Johnathan Higgins).
R (for violence, language and sexuality)
Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Samuel L. Jackson
as Jack Friar
Grace Zabriskie
as Mrs. Quarre
Joss Ackland
as Mr. Quarre
Jonathan Higgins
as David Brewster
Joris Jarsky
as Rudy Jones
Emily VanCamp
as Connie
Francis X. McCarthy
as Bank Manager
Terence Bowman
as Mailman
Bob Brewster
as Fish & Chip Restaurant Owner
Carol Berlau
as Teller
Larry Day
as Customs Captain
Peter Blacksie
as Motorcycle Cop
Jennifer Seguin
as Drive-Thru Woman
Carole Bureau
as Teller
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Critic Reviews for No Good Deed

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5)

It's an absorbing, atmospheric noir with nice little touches.

Full Review… | October 1, 2003
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

This undermarketed noir suffers because many of its characters don't seem to belong in the same universe.

Full Review… | September 20, 2003
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

... just a ridiculous story that layers one ridiculous, silly, contrivance after another.

September 15, 2003
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

For all the talent on screen, no one has much chemistry.

Full Review… | September 11, 2003
Detroit Free Press
Top Critic

doesn't make an ounce of sense

Full Review… | September 19, 2003

Admirers of the cast or of Bob Rafelson would do all concerned parties a very good deed by not witnessing their combined embarrassment.

Full Review… | September 17, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for No Good Deed

Samuel L. Jackson plays a cop who works in grand theft auto, but decides to help a grieving neighbor by finding her runaway daughter, believed to be with a boyfriend on Turk Street. He stumbles on a gang of bank robbers who takes him hostage because they think they've been discovered. The elements include the mastermind and ruthless gangster, a femme fatale , and rude maniac hit-man. Milla Jovovich as Erin does a good job of playing a femme fatale and is highly believable in her role as a woman who plays all the men against each other. Doug Hutchinson of The Green Mile makes a great Hoop and was very convincing. Stellan Skarsgård as Tyrone is the boss and mastermind. His biggest task seems to be holding everything together and breaking up fights among his hang of misfits. Fairly watchable.

Deb S
Deb S

Super Reviewer


No Good Deed is very reminiscent of your stereotypical 90's cops and robbers drama. It's fun, but there's' not much more you can say about it. The film unfolded in a very linear pattern and each character was stereotypical... nothing surprising. I found my man Samuel L Jackson to be a little flat, as well as Jovovich. They seemed bored... but she still some how managed to find her way topless in front of the camera. Stellan Skarsgard however was exceptional.... If you're a fan of either of those 3, definitely give this film a shot. Or if you're interested in a typical cops and robbers movie, check it out.

Derek A
Derek A

Super Reviewer

THe only good thing about this one was the Sam Jackson played a hardcore cello.

Curtis Lilly
Curtis Lilly

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