Inside Man

2006 Crime Drama

The volatile showdown between a determined cop and a perfectionist bank robber is sent spiraling toward disaster when a scheming power broker steps in to take control of the situation in this hair-raising heist flick directed by Spike Lee and starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, and Jodie Foster. Dalton Russell (Owen) is a bank robber with a difference. In his quest to execute the perfect heist, Dalton has taken every possible factor into consideration. Dalton's uncanny ability of staying one step ahead of the law thwarts even-tempered Detective Keith Frazier's (Washington) best efforts. But there's another factor at play. The bank president (Christopher Plummer) has requested the services of high-profile negotiator Madeline White (Foster). Despite her commendable track record, Madeline is something of a wild card, and before the day is over, this bank robbery will go down in history as one of the most elaborate heists ever executed. more..

Director: Spike Lee

Starring: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen,Jodie Foster, Christopher Plummer, Willem Dafoe


  • The thrills in Spike Lee's singularly savvy thriller are in small unexpected moments.

    Ruthe Stein - The San Francisco Chronicle

    26 April 2013

  • The jazzish score, by Lee's music man, Terence Blanchard, is typically intrusive. But the mood is right, the twists are new. And with one casting inspiration, Inside Man furthers the rising stardom of Chiwetel Ejiofor (Serenity).

    Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly

    26 April 2013

  • This is the mother lode all action/suspense directors search for and Lee, who usually doesn't work in that genre, has hit it.

    Kirk Honeycutt - The Hollywood Reporter

    26 April 2013

  • Inside Man may be a cat-and-mouse game, but it's far from predictable. What could have been a straightforward thriller is unusually clever, visually captivating and unfailingly entertaining.

    Claudia Puig - USA Today

    26 April 2013

  • Washington hasn't been this relaxed in years. When he feels like it he can be the most charismatic star in the movies.

    Wesley Morris - The Boston Globe

    26 April 2013


  • Movie of the Year

    AFI Awards (2007)

  • Best Actor

    BET Awards (2006)

  • Best Director

    Black Movie Awards (2006)

  • Best Director

    Black Reel Awards (2007)

  • Actor of the Year

    Central Ohio Film Critics Association (2007)