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



Total Count: 134


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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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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
Saïd 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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Audience Reviews for Spartan

  • Mar 22, 2014
    From writer/director David Mamet comes the political thriller Spartan. When the daughter of an American politician is kidnapped the secret service calls in black ops specialist Robert Scott to find her. Starring Val Kilmer, William H. Macy, Ed O'Neill, and Kristen Bell, the film has an impressive cast. And, Mamet does an excellent job at creating tension and suspense. However, there's a certain ambiguity to the plot that muddies things up a bit. While it has some weaknesses, Spartan is still a smart thriller that's full of excitement and intrigue.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 16, 2013
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 30, 2011
    David Mamet creates films that continue to twist and turn but that's the fun of he's films. Spartan isn't for everyone but I loved the story and the character val Kilmer created. The plot is so intricate and weaving you really don't know where it is heading. Mamet has smart dialogue which to most people will come across corny to the unknown of he's work. You never really know what the case is for the best part of the film. The idea of a character questioning orders for the first time is nothing new but Kilmer has a character so bent on the truth he uncovers something much deeper. These type of films reward the viewer with a story and character creation. The depth may throw a lot of people away but if you stick with the film it's rewarding. The ending is just amazing
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jul 08, 2010
    This movie makes you realize how shitty of an actor Val Kilmer is.
    matt s Super Reviewer

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