30 April 1999
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
What is ‘Entrapment’ about?
Insurance agent Virginia ‘Gin’ Baker (Catherine Zeta-Jones) pretends to be a burglar in order to catch aging master thief Robert ‘Mac’ MacDougal (Sean Connery). They plan and train for the heist of the century, $8 billion to be stolen from the International Clearance Bank (ICB) at the stroke of midnight on Y2K. What they don’t plan on is falling in love.
Depiction of Malaysia
Malaysia objected to the depiction of their country as a backwards one when a shantytown in Malacca was superimposed over a tilt shot of the Petronas Towers. In reality, Malacca is nowhere near the Towers
In the original script, the climactic events were set to take place on the minute that Hong Kong reverted to Chinese rule. However, director Jon Amiel preferred to use something more timely so the Millennium Eve became the catalyst event.
Ronald Bass’ original screenplay…
contained numerous additional spectacular action sequences involving Mac, including a robbery taking place onboard a moving luxury train, but Fox balked when the initial budget for this script was estimated at over $130 million. The final film excised many of Bass’ envisioned super-action scenes (keeping a handful for the theatrical release) and came in at a final budget of $70 million.
Sean Connery’s as Romantic lead
This was Sean Connery’s last role as a romantic lead in a movie. He did several more films after this but they were all character roles
Stunts performed by Catherin Zeta-Jones
Catherine Zeta-Jones performed most (some sources say all) of the climbing/gymnastics in the rafters herself during the “I stole the Rembrandt” sequence at Mac’s castle.
Who was the cat burglar in the opening scenes?
That was Gin. She broke into the 70-story high building by dropping from the roof and squeezing through a telescoping window in order to steal a priceless Rembrandt painting that Waverly had insured, and then tried to convince her boss, Hector Cruz (Will Patton), that the entire caper was carried out by Mac. Unknown to Gin, Mac was watching her through the window from a nearby building and simply re-stole the painting from the ground floor where she had dropped it into the mail chute to send on to her buyer Conrad Greene (Maury Chaykin) in Kuala Lumpur.
What was inside the vase that Gin broke when she was only supposed to steal it?
The vase contained copies of the complete plans for Bedford Castle where Mac and Gin are planning to steal a valuable golden Chinese mask. Exterior shots of Bedford Castle were actually taken at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, England.
Where were the exterior views of Mac’s castle in Scotland shot?
That was Duart Castle on the Isle of Mull.
Who took the photos of Gin and Mac together in Kuala Lumpur?
That was Aaron Thibadeaux (Ving Rhames), supposedly Mac’s FBI friend and “business” partner.
What was the code for breaking into the ICB computers?
Gin and Mac needed two things: (1) a retinal scan from the head director of the bank, and (2) the password. The password turned out to be “Never use a cannon to kill a mosquito”. Both of these were provided to Gin by Conrad Greene.
What did Gin drop when she was trying to get across to the other tower while hanging from the Christmas lights?
She dropped her parachute, which is why Mac gave her his parachute to use in order to jump down the air vent and make it to the ground safely
How does the movie end?
Gin makes it to the ground safely, with the instructions to meet Mac the next day (New Year’s Day) at 6:30AM at Pudu Station. The next morning, Gin makes it to the station, but Mac is late. When he finally appears, Gin is relieved, until she notices that he’s accompanied by Thibadeaux, Cruz, and several FBI agents, and she learns that Mac made a deal two years ago with the FBI so they wouldn’t prosecute him in return for him handing over Gin to them. Mac also was forced to hand over Greene, the Rembrandt, and the golden mask, along with the $7 billion that they stole from the ICB. “What do you mean $7 billion?” Gin says to Mac, knowing full well that they robbed the bank of $8 billion. Mac then slips Gin an airplane ticket and explains that he’s willing to take the rap because she has her whole life ahead of her while he’s nearing the end of his. Not intending to leave without Mac, Gin gets an idea of her own. She pulls out a gun and puts it to Mac’s head, threatening to shoot him and forcing the FBI agents to stand down. She hops on the next train to pass through the station, and the FBI agents all race to the next station to apprehend her. Mac is left sitting alone on a bench in Pudu, mulling over the fact that it is all over between him and Gin. When the next train passes through, however, he is surprised to see Gin get off. She explains that she jumped trains when they slowed down at the next station. They hug each other and immediately begin making plans for their next job.
RT/Meta Critic Review
Gets by well enough on style and star chemistry and the basic allure of watching a tightly-planned caper unfold.(Click here to see)