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Scenes of the Crime (2003)




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A small-time crook who worships Steve McQueen gets in over his head in French music video director Dominique Forma's debut feature, Scenes of the Crime. Lenny (Jon Abrahams of Scary Movie) is about to be married, but he skips his own bachelor party to drive for thug Rick (Peter Greene), who, unbeknownst to Lenny, is planning a kidnapping. The kidnapping plot goes awry, and Lenny ends up alone in the van, holding the soft-spoken victim, Jimmy (Jeff Bridges), at gunpoint. Jimmy turns out to be a powerful criminal himself and warns Lenny that there will be dire consequences if he isn't released unharmed. While Jimmy's partner (Bob Gunton) negotiates his release with Rick's boss (Loyd Catlett), Jimmy's slimy bodyguard, Seth (Noah Wyle of E.R.), tries to figure out a way to resolve the situation himself. As the van sits parked on a city street, the couple that runs the nearby deli (Morris Chestnut and Madchen Amick) and a senile old man who lives nearby (R. Lee Ermey) become involved in the tense standoff. Based on an anecdote Forma heard in a seedy bar, Scenes of the Crime was shown in competition at the 2002 Tribeca Film Festival.


Jeff Bridges
as Jimmy Berg
Jon Abrahams
as Lenny Burroughs
R. Lee Ermey
as Mr. Parker
Peter Greene
as Rick Woods
Brian Goodman
as Trevor Morrison
Bob Gunton
as Steven Wayne
Chase Ellison
as Blake Berg
Mizuo Peck
as Sharon
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Critic Reviews for Scenes of the Crime

All Critics (6)

A sizzler that someone like Sam Peckinpah would probably give his stamp of approval.

Full Review… | June 1, 2012
Ozus' World Movie Reviews's impossible not to get a kick out of watching [Noah] Wyle kill a man using a silenced pistol.

Full Review… | November 6, 2004
Reel Film Reviews

[S]urprisingly mushy...

Full Review… | August 8, 2004
Flick Filosopher

Worth watching if only for the half-dozen familiar faces and a few scenes that ratchet up the intensity quite serviceably.

Full Review… | February 22, 2004

just not executed well enough..Jeff Bridges is one of today's best actors. He's just a delight. So what the heck is he doing in some unremarkable crime thing like "Scenes of the Crime"?

September 23, 2003

Audience Reviews for Scenes of the Crime

It never quite lives up to the buildup and strength of the overall cast (save Jon Abrahams-who is bad), with a muddled third act and sloppy characterizations. Still, it has enough tense moments and twists to keep things interesting.

Jeffrey Meyers
Jeffrey Meyers

Super Reviewer

Confusing movie but was very interesting. It was based off of a true story but the movie doesn't explain everything.

Trent Sagaser
Trent Sagaser

Though seemingly nonsensical at times, this was a pretty interesting gangster flick. Of particular note is how the actions of the criminals interact with the people going about their normal business.

Jeff B
Jeff B

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