DirectorAntoine Fuqua Initial DVD releaseJanuary 23, 2001
WriterAndrew Scheinman, Tony Gilroy Release dateSeptember 15, 2000 GenresAction Film, Comedy, Drama, Thriller, Crime Fiction, Adventure Film, Action/Adventure, Crime Thriller CastJamie Foxx (Alvin Sanders), David Morse (Edgar Clenteen), Robert Pastorelli (Jaster), David Paymer (Agent Wooly), Mike Epps (Stevie Sanders), Jamie Kennedy (Agent Blum) Similar moviesBlackhat, Supremacy, Baby Boy, The Anderson Tapes, Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll, Savage Mutts
TaglineAlvin Sanders is going to help the Feds catch a killer. He just doesn't know it yet.
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Bait is a 2000 Canadian-American comedy crime film starring Jamie Foxx and David Morse. It was directed by Antoine Fuqua. The film was a huge financial failure, costing Warner Bros. $51 million but only grossing approximately $15 million.
When fast talking, petty thief and hustler Alvin Sanders (Jamie Foxx) gets arrested for stealing prawns, the worst of his problems would seem to be going to jail. Unfortunately, he ends up sharing a cell with John Delano Jaster (Robert Pastorelli) a guy who, while stealing $42 million in gold from the Federal Reserve, double-crossed his partner, Bristol (Doug Hutchison)—a partner with a knack for computers and a long memory. While being interrogated by hardball Treasury Agent Edgar Clenteen (David Morse), the double-crosser dies from heart failure. All the feds have are an incomprehensible message that was left with Alvin, so they decide to release him and use him as bait to catch the partner by secretly implanting a combination tracking device and electronic bug into Alvin's jaw. From that moment on, a surveillance team can follow Alvin's every move and hear his every word. Unfortunately, Alvin has a talent for getting into trouble—which means that the feds have to become his guardian angels so that he can serve his purpose.
Jamie Foxx as Alvin Sanders
David Morse as Edgar Clenteen
Doug Hutchison as Bristol
Kimberly Elise as Lisa Hill
David Paymer as Agent Wooly
Mike Epps as Stevie Sanders
Robert Pastorelli as John Delano Jaster
Jamie Kennedy as Agent Blum
Nestor Serrano as Agent Boyle
Kirk Acevedo as Ramundo
Jeffrey Donovan as Julio
Megan Dodds as Agent Walsh
Tia Texada as Tika
Neil Crone as Supervisor
Bait received mostly negative reviews from critics. It currently holds a 26% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 82 reviews. One of the few good reviews came from Roger Ebert who gave it 3 out of 4 saying "it's over the top, an exercise in action comedy that cuts loose from logic and enjoys itself."
The film opened at #2 at the North American box office making $5,485,591 USD in its opening weekend, behind The Watcher. Bait ultimately failed to bring back its $51 million budget, as it grossed only $15 million worldwide.
A soundtrack was released on September 12, 2000 by Warner Bros. Records featuring rap and R&B music. The soundtrack reached No. 49 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.