Confidence (2003) - Synopsis
CONFIDENCE stars Ed Burns as you've never seen him before, the unforgettable Rachel Weisz, Andy Garcia and a stunning turn by Dustin Hoffman. CONFIDENCE will enjoy it's world premiere at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival in January and opens April 25, 2003.
What Jake Vig (Edward Burns) doesn't know just might get him killed. A sharp and polished grifter, Jake has just swindled thousands of dollars from the unsuspecting Lionel Dolby with the help of his crew: Insideman Gordo (Paul Giamatti); Shills Miles (Brian Van Holt); Big Al (Louis Lombardi); and two corrupt LAPD officers - Lloyd Whitworth (Donal Logue) and Omar Manzano (Luis Guzman). But when both Lionel and Big Al turn up dead, it becomes clear that Lionel wasn't just any mark; as Jake soon learns, he was an accountant for eccentric crime boss Winston King (Dustin Hoffman).
Never one to shy away from a challenge, Jake offers to repay "The King" by pulling off the biggest con of his career. The mark: a banker with deep ties to organized crime. With so much riding on the outcome, Jake decides to bring in a brash, brunette pickpocket named Lily (Rachel Weisz), who joins the crew in a complex scheme involving corporate loans, creative accounting, wire transfers and off-shore accounts.
The first sign of trouble comes when Lily arrives for work with a head of freshly dyed red hair, a bad omen if ever there was one. To make matters worse, Jake also must contend with his old nemesis, FBI agent Gunther Moonan (Andy Garcia), The King's henchman Butch (Morris Chestnut) and a double-crossing partner. Against these diminishing odds, Jake and his crew will have to stay one step ahead of both the criminals and the cops to finally settle their debt.