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March 20th, 2009

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Still of Clive Owen in DuplicityStill of Paul Giamatti in DuplicityPaul Giamatti at event of DuplicityStill of Julia Roberts, Tony Gilroy and Clive Owen in DuplicityStill of Julia Roberts and Clive Owen in DuplicityStill of Julia Roberts and Clive Owen in Duplicity

A pair of corporate spies who share a steamy past hook up to pull off the ultimate con job on their respective bosses.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 6.2/10 (27,698 voted)

Critic's Score: 69/100

Director: Tony Gilroy

Stars: Julia Roberts, Clive Owen, Tom Wilkinson

Ray works for MI6, Claire for the CIA. She burns him in Dubai. Jump ahead five years: he sees her in Grand Central and confronts her. Both now work in industrial security for corporate giants whose CEOs hate each other. Flashbacks fill us in: is it coincidence that he sees her in Grand Central? In about a week, one of the firms is going to announce a revolutionary product. Under the guise of helping that corporation's rival, can Ray and Claire work their own theft and find an independent buyer? To work together, using the corporate rivalry to their advantage, they would have to trust one another - difficult, if not impossible. Or, is one playing the other?

Clive Owen - Ray Koval
Julia Roberts - Claire Stenwick
Tom Wilkinson - Howard Tully
Paul Giamatti - Richard Garsik
Dan Daily - Garsik's Aide
Lisa Roberts Gillan - Tully's Assistant (as Lisa Roberts Gillan)
David Shumbris - Turtleneck
Rick Worthy - Dale Raimes
Oleg Shtefanko - Boris Fetyov (as Oleg Stefan)
Denis O'Hare - Duke Monahan
Kathleen Chalfant - Pam Frailes
Khan Baykal - Dinesh Patel
Thomas McCarthy - Jeff Bauer (as Tom McCarthy)
Wayne Duvall - Ned Guston
Fabrizio Brienza - Hotel Manager

Taglines: Outwit. Outspy. Outsmart. Outplay. Then get out.


Official Website: Official site [Spain] | Official site [France] |

Release Date: 20 March 2009

Filming Locations: Atlantis Casino, Paradise Island, Bahamas

Box Office Details

Budget: $60,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $13,965,110 (USA) (22 March 2009) (2574 Screens)

Gross: $40,559,930 (USA) (24 May 2009)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Turkey:

Did You Know?

The character of Claire Stenwick is named for classic-era movie actress Barbara Stanwyck.

Continuity: In the scene when Ray and Claire are in bed at the Italian hotel, the position of Claire's hair changes between cuts when she is lying on the pillow (ear exposed/not).

Ray Koval: This wasn't an accident, was it? Being here. Meeting like this. You came looking for me, didn't you?
Claire Stenwick: You'd like that, wouldn't you?
Ray Koval: I'm right, though, aren't I?
Claire Stenwick: Because you went looking for me, right?
Ray Koval: But why? Just for this?
Claire Stenwick: Isn't that enough?
Ray Koval: Not for you.

User Review

enjoyable yet confounding

Rating: 6/10

As with any spy film, a certain amount of complexity in the script is to be expected. However this spy film adds on plot twists, flash backs, back stabbing and double agents with so much frequency that it left me scratching my head by its end. As an on screen team Julia Roberts and Clive Owen work well together but even their performances were drowned out by the sheer complexity of the script. There are also welcome surprises from the supporting cast, each of whom seemed to have their fair share of witty dialogue. Ultimately the movie is less about a romance between rival spies, and is more about keeping its audience wondering just how the plot can twist next. As the final credits role one looming question remains: "What happened here?" even complex spy thrillers such as "Mission Impossible" had some kind of wrap up at its end that cleared up any lingering doubt or questions and we were happier for it. 'Duplicity' is a fun little spy film, with some fine performances by Roberts and Owen and plenty of well written dialogue, but it is brought down by the overly complex plot and I fear will leave even fans of the genre feeling slightly numb when the credits role.

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