Inside Man

Inside Man
Inside Man (film poster).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySpike Lee
Written byRussell Gewirtz
Produced byBrian Grazer
CinematographyMatthew Libatique
Edited byBarry Alexander Brown
Music byTerence Blanchard
Distributed byUniversal Pictures[1]
Release date
  • March 20, 2006 (2006-03-20) (New York City)
  • March 24, 2006 (2006-03-24) (United States)
Running time
129 minutes
CountryUnited States[1]
Budget$45 million[2]
Box office$184.4 million[2]

Inside Man is a 2006 American heist thriller film directed by Spike Lee and written by Russell Gewirtz. It centers on an elaborate bank heist on Wall Street over a 24-hour period. The film stars Denzel Washington as Detective Keith Frazier, the NYPD's hostage negotiator, Clive Owen as Dalton Russell, the mastermind who orchestrates the heist, and Jodie Foster as Madeleine White, a Manhattan power broker who becomes involved at the request of the bank's founder Arthur Case (Christopher Plummer) to keep something in his safe deposit box protected from the robbers.

Gewirtz spent five years developing the premise before working on what became his first original screenplay. After he completed the script in 2002, Imagine Entertainment purchased it to be made by Universal Pictures, with the former company's co-founder Ron Howard attached to direct. After Howard stepped down, his Imagine partner Brian Grazer began looking for a new director for the project and ultimately hired Lee. Principal photography began in June 2005 and concluded in August; filming took place on location in New York City. Inside Man premiered in New York on March 20, 2006, before being released in the United States on March 24, 2006. It received positive reviews from critics and earned $184.4 million worldwide against its $45 million production budget.

  1. ^ a b c d e "Inside Man (2006)". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. Retrieved September 22, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Cite error: The named reference BoxOfficeMojo was invoked but never defined (see the help page).

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