Chain of Fools (film)

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Chain of Fools
Chain of Fools Movie Poster.jpg
Movie Poster
Directed by Pontus Löwenhielm
Patrick von Krusenstjerna
Produced by Charles Block
Tony Lord
Steven Reuther
Written by Bix Skahill
Starring Steve Zahn
Salma Hayek
David Cross
Elijah Wood
Jeff Goldblum
Lara Flynn Boyle
Tom Wilkinson
Orlando Jones
David Hyde Pierce
Music by Mark Oliver Everett
David Hughes
John Murphy
Cinematography Frederick Elmes
Edited by Harvey Rosenstock
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • September 22, 2000 (2000-09-22) (U.S.)
  • November 30, 2000 (2000-11-30) (Czech Republic)
  • November 20, 2001 (2001-11-20) (Kuwait)
Running time
96 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $20,000,000 (estimated)

Chain of Fools (also known by its production title Shiny New Enemies) is a 2000 heist comedy film.


Thomas Kresk is a loser—he isn't good at his job, he's been tossed out of his home, and his wife just dumped him for the marriage counselor. Now he's depressed, and contemplating suicide. And yes, things get worse: a criminal named Avnet (Jeff Goldblum) has stolen three priceless coins, and decided to blackmail Bollingsworth (Tom Wilkinson), his billionaire partner in crime. After Kresk overhears this, he almost gets shot—and Avnet ends up impaled on a pair of barbers' scissors.

Now Kresk is in a considerably nastier situation, so he steals the gun and the coins. But things take a sharp turn when he hires a hit man named Mikey (Elijah Wood), and discovers that the hit man is only seventeen and emotionally traumatized by his parents' suicide. And that Kresk is falling for the cop/Playboy model Sgt. Meredith Kolko (Salma Hayek), and that his nephew Scottie (Devin Drewitz) has now swallowed the coins. Now Kresk is in over his head, and has to deal with the strange and sometimes dangerous people around him.



Chain of Fools was written by Bix Skahill and directed by an entity known as "Traktor." This is not, in fact, a single person, but a Swedish production team consisting of five directors and two producers.

The stunt coordinator was David Jacox.



Reviews were mixed to negative. Although Chain of Fools was released theatrically in some countries, it ended up being released straight-to-video in the United States.

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