Bait (2000 film)

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Bait 2000 movie-poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAntoine Fuqua
Produced bySean Ryerson
Written byAndrew Scheinman
Adam Scheinman
Tony Gilroy
Music byMark Mancina
CinematographyTobias A. Schliessler
Edited byAlan Edward Bell
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
September 15, 2000
Running time
119 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$51 million
Box office$15 million

Bait is a 2000 Canadian-American 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.


When fast talking, petty thief and hustler Alvin Sanders (Jamie Foxx) gets arrested for stealing prawns, 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.



Bait received mostly negative reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes it has an approval rating of 26% based on reviews from 82 critics.[1] On Metacrtic it has a score of 39 out of 100 based on reviews from 28 critics.[2]

One of the few positive 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."[3]

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.


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.


  1. ^ "Bait (2000)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 8, 2013.
  2. ^ "Bait". Metacritic.
  3. ^ Ebert, Roger (September 15, 2000). "Bait". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved May 8, 2013.

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