It’s one of the more polished Mamet films, with great music and photography. Fascinating to see Gene Hackman and Dan DeVito doing the Mamet thing; also nice to see regulars Rebeca Pidgeon and Ricky Jay (who incidentally appears to be a magician).
More to the point, it’s got a script you can set your watch to. Twist after fucking twist, yet with logical consistency. And shop around, you can’t beat these lines:
JOE: Makes the world go round.
BOBBY: What’s that?
BOBBY: Some people say love.
JOE: Ah, they’re right too. It is love. (beat) Love of gold.
Everybody needs money. That’s why they call it money.
She can talk her way out of a sunburn.
You’re going to spend the rest of your life with me. Right now.
That’s what I’m talkin’ bout.