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Genre  Crime, Drama, Thriller
6/10 IMDb

2.4/5 AlloCine

Director  Matt Dillon
Initial DVD release  August 6, 2003 (Sweden)
Country  United States
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Language  English French Khmer Russian
Release date  April 25, 2003 (2003-04-25)
Writer  Matt Dillon, Barry Gifford
Genres  Drama, Thriller, Crime Fiction, Crime Thriller
Cast  Matt Dillon, James Caan, Natascha McElhone, Gérard Depardieu, Stellan Skarsgård, Rose Byrne
Similar movies  James Caan appears in City of Ghosts and Thief

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City of Ghosts is a 2002 drama film co-written, directed by and starring Matt Dillon, about a con artist who must go to Cambodia to collect his share of money from an insurance scam. The film was made in Cambodia, in locations that include Phnom Penh and the Bokor Hill Station.


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Jimmy (played by Matt Dillon) is a conman who's been working for a fake insurance company in New York City that is being investigated by the FBI after it cannot pay claims that have poured in after a hurricane. Discovering that his mentor and the mastermind of the scheme, Marvin (James Caan), has skipped the country and gone to Thailand, Jimmy boards a plane with the intention of trying to collect his money.

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Once in Bangkok, Jimmy meets Joseph Kaspar (Skarsgård), a partner in the scheme who's living with his Thai katoey companion Rocky (Kyoza). Joseph informs Jimmy that Marvin has moved on to Cambodia, where he's planning an even greater scam. So Jimmy sneaks across the border and makes his way to Phnom Penh.

He checks into a seedy hotel run by a Frenchman named Emile (Gérard Depardieu) and has his passport stolen by another traveller. Later Jimmy has his sunglasses stolen by a macaque monkey.

Needing to travel around, he hires a cyclo driver named Sok (Kem Sereyvuth), who becomes the only person Jimmy can trust. He also meets an NGO worker named Sophie (Natascha McElhone) and dabbles in romance with her while attending a rave party at an ancient temple.

Eventually, Marvin turns up, but the scam he's trying to get together – involving corrupt Cambodian government officials, high-ranking military and the Russian mafia – turns out to be more risky and dangerous than anyone ever imagined, taking Jimmy on a surrealistic odyssey.


  • Matt Dillon as Jimmy
  • James Caan as Marvin
  • Natascha McElhone as Sophie
  • Gérard Depardieu as Emile
  • Kem Sereyvuth as Sok
  • Stellan Skarsgård as Joseph Kaspar
  • Rose Byrne as Sabrina
  • Kyoza as Rocky
  • Loto as Red Tuxedo Man
  • Robert Campbell as Simon
  • Soundtrack

    The soundtrack for City of Ghosts features an eclectic mix of music that includes 1970s Khmer rock and roll, French pop and American pre-World War II blues and jazz. The album contains the following tracks:

    1. "Both Sides Now" – written by Joni Mitchell; performed by Dengue Fever
    2. "Et moi, et moi, et moi" – written by Jacques Dutronc and Jacques Lanzmann; performed by Jacques Dutronc
    3. "Wait Ten Months" – performed by Ros Serey Sothea
    4. "Sak Kra Va" performed by Chan Chaya
    5. "Do You Believe In Love At Sight" – performed by McKinney's Cotton Pickers
    6. "Hilo Hula" – performed by Mike Hanapi and the Llima Islanders
    7. "Have You Seen My Love" – performed by Ros Sereysothea
    8. "Parlez Moi D'amour" – performed Lucianne Boyer
    9. "I Want A Little Girl" – performed by McKinney's Cotton Pickers
    10. "Mou Pei Na" – performed by Sinn Sisamouth
    11. "Coining" – performed by Maes Samouen
    12. "Giant Woman" – performed by Pan Ron
    13. "Close Fit Blues" – performed by Clarence Williams
    14. "I'm Sixteen" – performed by Ros Sereysothea
    15. "Ne Te Fache Pas" – performed by Sinn Sisamouth
    16. "Love Pillow" – performed by Choun Malai
    17. "Dear 5" – performed by Peter Whitehead

    In the film, James Caan performs the Khmer-language song "Bong Sorlang", but it is not on the soundtrack CD.


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