New York Times - 04/25/2003
"...Richly atmospheric and suspenseful....Mr. Dillon as director has assembled a top-of-the-line cast..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 05/09/2003
"...Between the Caan and Dillon characters there are atmosphere, desperation and romance, and, at the end, something approaching true pathos..."
Los Angeles Times - 04/25/2003
"For his atmospheric debut as a feature director, the actor Matt Dillon has cast himself as a guy in need of saving. It's a nice fit..."
Actor Matt Dillon (OVER THE EDGE, THE OUTSIDERS) makes his directorial debut with CITY OF GHOSTS, an atmospheric thriller about an American man who finds himself in a very dangerous Cambodia. Dillon plays Jimmy Cremmins, a New York scam artist who has been working as a front man for a phony insurance company established by his employer, Marvin (James Caan). When the scam is exposed, Jimmy heads for Bangkok, where he meets an associate, Kaspar (Stellan Skarsgard), who informs him that Marvin is in Cambodia. Soon, Jimmy is prowling the streets of the downtrodden city, trying to solve a mystery that gets more convoluted every day. Along the way, he meets the beautiful Sophie (Natascha McElhone), an artist who wants Jimmy to leave his troubles behind. But Jimmy can't abandon Marvin that easily, for reasons that only he appears to know.
Written by Dillon and novelist/friend Barry Gifford (WILD AT HEART), CITY OF GHOSTS is an ambitious, entertaining mood piece that features enough twists and turns for three movies. Gerard Depardieu steals the show as an easily excitable bar/hotel proprietor.