Spartan

2004

Spartan (2004)

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Critic Consensus: A good cast and Mamet's mastery over the written language elevate an otherwise conventional thriller.

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David Mamet writes and directs the political thriller Spartan. Respected Secret Service agent Robert Scott (Val Kilmer) is assigned to the kidnapping case of Laura Newton (Kristen Bell), the missing daughter of a high-ranking political figure. Scott is teamed up with rookie Curtis (Derek Luke). Aided by the FBI and the CIA, the team discovers a human trafficking operation that may lead to Laura's kidnappers. Meanwhile, political operative Stoddard (William H. Macy) refuses to cooperate with the rescue mission. Scott and Curtis are forced to quit the investigation when the media reports Laura's death. Believing her to be alive, Curtis is motivated to start up a dangerous unofficial investigation of his own. Spartan premiered at the Bangkok International Film Festival in 2004.

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Cast

Derek Luke
as Curtis
Val Kilmer
as Robert Scott
Kristen Bell
as Laura Newton
Alexandra Kerry
as Bartender
Tia Texada
as Jackie Black
Chris J. Lacentra
as Col. Sattler
Jeremie Campbell
as Cadre Candidate
Renato Magno
as Grossler
Tony Mamet
as Parker
Bob A. Jennings
as Grace's Aide
Aaron Stanford
as Michael Blake
Lana Bilzerian
as Undercover Agent
Mark Fitzgerald
as Training Facility Guard
Ron Butler
as Headquarters Agent
Ann Morgan
as Secret Service Agent
J.J. Johnston
as Nightclub Manager
Bob Jennings
as Grace's Aide
Dr. Rick Levy
as Sedan Man
Jim Frangione
as Stakeout Agent
Dan Hovanesian
as Stakeout Driver
Norm Compton
as Essex House Man No. 1
Margot Farley
as Young Whore
Chino Binamo
as Essex House Man No. 2
Said Taghmaoui
as Tariq Asani
Mordechai Finley
as Cadre Operator
Gail Silver
as Pharmacist
Scott Barry
as Cadre Team Leader
Robert Castro
as State Police Liaison Officer
Deb Martin
as Debriefer
Dick Friedman
as Crew Chief
Roberto Castro Jr.
as State Police Liaison Officer
David Aranovich
as Cadre Technician
Jody Snider
as Harvard Square Reporter
Debbie Martin
as Debriefer
Virginia Pereira
as TV Anchor Woman
Clara Mamet
as Billy's Daughter
Matt Malloy
as Mr. Reese
Deborah Bartlett
as Mrs. Newton
Ektimal Shbib
as Stewardess
Al Faris
as Customs Official
Zosia Mamet
as Bedouin Woman
Damon Caro
as Balcony Shooter
Ken Moreno
as Bodyguard No. 1
J.J. Perry
as Bodyguard No. 2
Michael Hilow
as Perimeter Guard
Steve Martinez
as Gate Keeper No. 1
Max Daniels
as Gate Keeper No. 2
Sandra Lilly Lindquist
as Swedish Reporter
Neil Pepe
as News Cameraman
Tim Fleming
as Night Sun Operator
Chelle Cerceo
as Marine Flight Crew Chief
Jennifer Ritchkoff
as Marine Captain
Stephen Greif
as Businessman
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Critic Reviews for Spartan

All Critics (134) | Top Critics (41)

The real violence, as is always the case with Mamet, lies not in the mayhem but in the thrusting rhythms of the dialogue.

Aug 7, 2004

Both technically accomplished and moderately entertaining.

Mar 25, 2004 | Full Review…
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Top Critic

Mamet's understanding of the essentials here and his skill in supplying them are not major achievements for him, but it would be wasteful not to recognize them.

Mar 21, 2004

Spartan is the same old stuff, but now it's been thoroughly Mametized, like a spray-on treatment you could spritz out of a can.

Mar 21, 2004

Not one character makes sense, there is no shred of craft, and the script sounds like it was written by a 6-year-old who has accidentally swallowed a microchip.

Mar 18, 2004 | Full Review…
Observer
Top Critic

Is Spartan a perfect, or even a great, movie? Probably not. But in its prickly irascibility and deeply unsettling intelligence, it makes for a very, very good one.

Mar 12, 2004

Audience Reviews for Spartan

½

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½

not a very good movie at all. Its confusing and then when you understand the story you realise that the storyline is weak and boring and very flawed. Its a weak plot and William H Macy does not have a big enough part!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

½

Solid action adventure with val kilmer.This being hes last big screen film before driving into direct to video trash!!This is gripping to the end with excellant performance thru out. Worth checking out.

Brian De Guelle
Brian De Guelle

Super Reviewer

The beginning is nothing but confusion. Sure, the agent Val Kilmer is playing is introduced while training recruits and then gets thrown into his most dangerous case. From here on the audience is introduced to a lot of nameless characters doing a lot of random things until things finally get a little clearer and we learn that the agent has to find the president's hijacked daughter. From here on the plot takes quite a few turns and it's impossible to say where the movie is going next, which adds to the confusion but also keeps it at a very entertaining level. Val Kilmer is a convincing loner, William H. Macy is hopelessly underused and all minor characters don't live long enough to be even mourned. In the end that makes for a decent action thriller, which could have been even better with a straighter outline and a little more care for the side characters. But still, fans of the genre should be satisfied.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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