Taglines: It’s never too late for one last heist.
The world’s best art forger makes a deal with a crime syndicate to get an early release from prison, but in return he must pull off an impossible heist – he must forge a painting by Claude Monet, steal the original from a museum, and replace it with a replica so perfect that no one will notice. He enlists the help of his father and son and together they plan the heist of their lives!
The Forger is an American crime thriller film directed by Philip Martin and starring John Travolta. It started filming in October 2013. It was released to theaters on April 24, 2015.
A suspenseful and moving thriller, THE FORGER switches seamlessly from bracing violence and criminal hijinks to scenes of painstaking familial reparations. It is also a showcase for the singular talents of John Travolta, who turns in an affecting performance as a man who has spent his life applying his artistic gifts in all the wrong ways.
Learning that his teenage son Will (Tye Sheridan) has been diagnosed with cancer, Ray Cutter (Travolta) manages to get out of prison nine months ahead of schedule to rejoin the household where Ray’s spry, ornery dad, Joseph (Christopher Plummer), has been caring for Will in Ray’s absence. The hitch is that, while Ray wants to go straight, the shady character who made Ray’s early release possible expects him to pull off a heist as payment
The job involves snatching Monet’s Woman with Parasol from the museum where it’s on display and replacing it with a replica so perfect that no one will notice. An experienced thief and a world-class art forger, Ray is the only man for the job, and in any case he has no choice. But can he perform this high-stakes robbery while also trying to fulfill his dying son’s wishes?
With a dynamite supporting cast that includes Abigail Spencer as the undercover agent tracking Ray’s every move, Anson Mount as the local drug kingpin who puts the pressure on Ray, Marcus Thomas as Ray’s best friend and cohort, Travis Aaron Wade as the local cop who assists the investigation, and Jennifer Ehle as Ray’s ex-wife and Will’s estranged mother, THE FORGER boasts both compelling characters and inventive set pieces.
At the core of the film are the father-son relationships across the three generations, and the chemistry between Travolta and Sheridan makes for heart-rending scenes. Ray cannot forestall the tragedy soon to visit, but he can work magic with brushes, brains, and fists to ensure that what time the Cutter family has left together is spent making a dream come true.
Directed by: Philip Martin
Starring: John Travolta, Christopher Plummer, Tye Sheridan, Abigail Spencer, Anson Mount, Jennifer Ehle, Lyndon Smith
Screenplay by: Richard D’Ovidio
Production Design by: Derek R. Hill
Cinematography by: John Bailey
Film Editing by: Peter Boyle, Joan Sobel
Costume Design by: Abigail Murray
Set Decoration by: Kim Leoleis
MPAA Rating: R for language and some violence.
Studio: Lionsgate Films
Release Date: April 24, 2015