Scenes of the Crime (2001) from Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy; Greg Wroblewski)

Somewhere along the line, there must have been a time when people thought this would be a major movie. It stars Jeff Bridges - that's pretty big-time. Madchen Amick wanted to be in it enough that she took a few lines as a convenience store clerk. The film screened at Tribeca (2002) and Deauville (2001), but never got a nibble on a theatrical release in the USA, and it took two years before it even came to DVD. There were some minor theatrical releases overseas.


There is a pretty good sex scene at the beginning of the film between Jon Abrahams (buns) and Mizuo Peck (breasts).

It makes no sense for me to re-write Josh Ralske's excellent description from the All Movie Guide

A small-time crook who worships Steve McQueen gets in over his head in French music video director Dominique Forma's debut feature, Scenes of the Crime. Lenny (Jon Abrahams of Scary Movie) is about to be married, but he skips his own bachelor party to drive for thug Rick (Peter Greene), who, unbeknownst to Lenny, is planning a kidnapping. The kidnapping plot goes awry, and Lenny ends up alone in the van, holding the soft-spoken victim, Jimmy (Jeff Bridges), at gunpoint. Jimmy turns out to be a powerful criminal himself and warns Lenny that there will be dire consequences if he isn't released unharmed. While Jimmy's partner (Bob Gunton) negotiates his release with Rick's boss (Loyd Catlett), Jimmy's slimy bodyguard, Seth (Noah Wyle of E.R.), tries to figure out a way to resolve the situation himself. As the van sits parked on a city street, the couple that runs the nearby deli (Morris Chestnut and Madchen Amick) and a senile old man who lives nearby (R. Lee Ermey) become involved in the tense standoff. Based on an anecdote Forma heard in a seedy bar.

DVD info from Amazon

  • The widescreen anamorphic transfer is quite satisfactory.

Most of the film takes place in the back of a van, and the dramatic tension results from wondering how the driver can possibly extricate himself from a situation in which he will piss off a major crime figure no matter what he does. There are a couple of interesting plot twists and turnabouts in the last ten minutes, when it turns out that many things are not as they seem.

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The People Vote ...

The meaning of the IMDb score: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence equivalent to about three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, comparable to approximately two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, equivalent to about a two star rating from the critics, or a C- from our system. Films rated below five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film - this score is roughly equivalent to one and a half stars from the critics or a D on our scale. (Possibly even less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. (C+ means it has no crossover appeal, but will be considered excellent by genre fans, while C- indicates that it we found it to be a poor movie although genre addicts find it watchable). D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well. Any film rated C- or better is recommended for fans of that type of film. Any film rated B- or better is recommended for just about anyone. We don't score films below C- that often, because we like movies and we think that most of them have at least a solid niche audience. Now that you know that, you should have serious reservations about any movie below C-.

Based on this description, this is a C-. It's better than it sounds. Although there is virtually no action, the tension is maintained quite well, and there are some cute plot twists at the end.

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