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Who is Cletis Tout?

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Movie propaganda

Tied to a chair in a seedy hotel room, Trevor Finch (Christian Slater) is held hostage by Critical Jim (Tim Allen), a hit-man with a big heart and a passion for old movies. Critical Jim thinks he is holding Cletis Tout, a man the mob has hired him to kill. He's got Tout, and he wants to get paid. The place: Gladstone Hotel, #8. His demands: Transfer funds to his account #M (like McQueen) 01226226 F (as in Fonda), T (as in Tracey), K (as in Kubrick). They've got 90 minutes to pay him and get to the hotel or he lets Tout go.

Finch tries to convince Jim he's not Cletis Tout, but the many pieces of ID with his photo and Tout's name on them prove otherwise. In order to save his life, Finch must convince Jim that it's a case of mistaken identity. So, playing into Jim's love of celluloid, Finch "pitches" his story with all of the elements of a perfect screenplay: A prison break, a jewel heist, a girl. Finch begins...

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film crime murder assassin

Persons of interest

  • Christian Slater .... Trevor Finch
  • Tim Allen .... "Critical" Jim
  • Portia de Rossi .... Tess
  • Joseph Scoren .... Rowdy Virago
  • Richard Chevolleau
  • Billy Connolly
  • Richard Dreyfuss .... Micah
  • Peter Macneil .... Detective Tripp
  • Shawn Doyle .... Crow Gollotti
  • RuPaul Charles .... Ginger Markum
  • Chris ver Wiel .... Screenwriter
  • Chris ver Wiel .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report


Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: Fullscreen

Security censorship classification

M (Medium level violence, medium level coarse language, medium level sex scene)

Surveillance time

89 minutes (1:29 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 8 May 2003
DVD rental: 13 November 2003
VHS rental: 13 November 2003

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