Entrapment Information

Entrapment is a 1999 American caper film directed by Jon Amiel and starring Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones.


Virginia "Gin" Baker (Catherine Zeta-Jones) is an investigator for Waverly Insurance. Robert "Mac" MacDougal (Connery) is an international art thief. A priceless Rembrandt painting is stolen from an office one night. Gin is sent to investigate Mac as the chief suspect. She tries to entrap him with a proposition, claiming that she is a thief herself. She promises that she will help him steal a priceless Chinese mask from the well-guarded Bedford Palace. Before agreeing, Mac tells Gin Rule Number One: "Never carry a gun: You carry a gun, you may be tempted to use it." They travel to Scotland and plan the complicated theft at Mac's hideout: an isolated castle. While Mac is busy making final preparations, Gin contacts her boss, Hector Cruz (Will Patton), and informs him of Mac's whereabouts. Little does she know that the island is bugged, allowing Mac to eavesdrop on their conversation.

After they complete the theft, Mac accuses Gin of planning to sell the mask to a buyer in Kuala Lumpur and then turn him in. Gin convinces him that her insurance agency job is a cover, and that she has planned an even bigger heist in Kuala Lumpur: $8 billion from the fictional International Clearance Bank in the Petronas Towers. Despite the presence of Cruz and other security watching the building the theft takes place in the final seconds of the new 2000 millennium countdown. Gin pulls the plug on her laptop prematurely and sets off alarms. They narrowly escape the computer vault and are forced to cross the lights hung from the bottom of the bridge linking the two towers. Following a death-defying escape when the cable breaks, Gin and Mac make their way to a ventilation shaft, where Mac explains "plan B." Using a micro-parachute they were going to escape down the shaft. Gin lost her parachute earlier in the escape, so Mac gives her his. He tells her to meet him the next morning at the Pudu train station.

Gin arrives at the station waiting for Mac. He shows up late with Cruz and the FBI. He explains that the FBI has been looking for her for some time. When he was caught, Mac made a deal to help the agency arrest Gin. However, the aging thief has another plan: to help her escape. Mac slips Gin a gun and quietly explains that he returned only seven of the eight billion dollars they stole electronically in the heist. Gin then pretends to hold Mac hostage at gunpoint, threatening to shoot him if the agents follow her. She boards a train and the FBI heads to the next station. Gin jumps trains mid-station and arrives back at Pudu. She tells Mac that she needs him for another job and they both board a train.


  • Sean Connery as Robert "Mac" MacDougal
  • Catherine Zeta-Jones as Virginia "Gin" Baker
  • Will Patton as Hector Cruz
  • Ving Rhames as Aaron Thibadeaux
  • Maury Chaykin as Conrad Greene
  • Kevin McNally as Haas
  • Terry O'Neill as Quinn
  • Madhav Sharma as Security Chief
  • David Yip as Chief of Police
  • Tim Potter as Millennium Man
  • Eric Meyers as Waverly Technician
  • Aaron Swartz as Cruz's Man
  • William Marsh as Computer Technician
  • Tony Xu as Banker
  • Rolf Saxon as Director
  • Ayden Perry as Security Guard

Filming locations

Filming locations for the film include Blenheim Palace, Savoy Hotel London, Lloyd's of London, Borough Market, London, Duart Castle on the Isle of Mull in Scotland, Eilean Donan Castle in Scotland, the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur (with other filming completed at Pinewood Studios), and the Bukit Jalil LRT station However, the signage at this station that was used for the movie was Pudu LRT station instead of Bukit Jalil.

Critical reception

The film opened to mixed or average reviews as described by Metacritic. Rotten Tomatoes lists the film as receiving only 38% positive reviews. Critics focused on a scene where Zeta-Jones worms around a net of laser beams. The camera lingers on her derrière through much of the scene. Another similar scene takes place when she is actually worming around the real laser beams to steal the mask, including some close-ups of her derrière.

Critic Scott Weinberg said "OK, if you own a TV then you've seen that scene. You know the one. It's when Catherine Zeta-Jones squirms her beautiful rear down onto the floor to avoid a laser alarm system. It's shown on the commercial, the preview and in the movie itself like 7 times. The challenge is this: Build a movie around it." The laser scene was choreographed by Paul Harris, who also choreographed the wand-to-wand combat sequences in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Other critics such as The New York Times, New York Magazine, the Chicago Sun-Times, Variety, and Desson Howe/Thomson of the Washington Post praised the film.

The film was a box office success, grossing over $87 million in the US and $212 million worldwide. Entrapment was nominated for two Razzie Awards including Worst Actress (Catherine Zeta-Jones, also for The Haunting) and Worst Screen Couple (Zeta-Jones and Sean Connery).

The film was screened out of competition at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.

As of 2013 IMDB rates the film at 6.1/10.

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