Bait (2000 film)

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Bait
Bait 2000 movie-poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Antoine Fuqua
Produced by Sean Ryerson
Written by Andrew Scheinman
Adam Scheinman
Tony Gilroy
Starring Jamie Foxx
David Morse
Music by Mark Mancina
Cinematography Tobias A. Schliessler
Edited by Alan Edward Bell
Production
company
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates September 15, 2000
Running time 119 minutes
Language English
Budget $51 million
Box office $15,471,969

Bait is a 2000 comedy-crime film starring Jamie Foxx and David Morse. It was directed by Antoine Fuqua. The film was a huge financial failure, costing Warner Bros. $51 million but only grossing approximately $15 million.

Plot[edit]

When petty thief and hustler Alvin Sanders (Jamie Foxx) gets arrested for stealing shrimp, the worst of his problems would seem to be going to jail. Unfortunately, he ends up sharing a cell with John Delano Jaster (Robert Pastorelli) a guy who, while stealing $42 million in gold from the Federal Reserve, double-crossed his partner, Bristol (Doug Hutchison)—a partner with a knack for computers and a long memory. While being interrogated by hardball Treasury Agent Edgar Clenteen (David Morse), the double-crosser dies from heart failure. All the feds have are an incomprehensible message that was left with Alvin, so they decide to release him and use him as bait to catch the partner by secretly implanting a combination tracking device and electronic bug into Alvin's jaw. From that moment on, a surveillance team can follow Alvin's every move and hear his every word. Unfortunately, Alvin has a talent for getting into trouble—which means that the feds have to become his guardian angels so that he can serve his purpose.

Soundtrack[edit]

Main article: Bait (soundtrack)

A soundtrack was released on September 12, 2000 by Warner Bros. Records featuring rap and R&B music. The soundtrack reached No. 49 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Bait received mostly negative reviews from critics. It currently holds a 26% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 82 reviews.[1] One of the few good reviews came from Roger Ebert who gave it 3 out of 4 saying "it's over the top, an exercise in action comedy that cuts loose from logic and enjoys itself."[2]

Box office[edit]

The film opened at #2 at the North American box office making $5,485,591 USD in its opening weekend, behind The Watcher. Bait ultimately failed to bring back its $51 million budget, as it grossed only $15 million worldwide.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bait (2000)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 
  2. ^ Ebert, Roger (September 15, 2000). "Bait". rogerebert.com. Retrieved May 8, 2013. 

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