The Forger (2014 film)

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The Forger
The Forger poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Philip Martin
Produced by Rob Carliner
Al Corley
Eugene Musso
Bart Rosenblatt
Gordon Bijelonic
Written by Richard D'Ovidio
Starring John Travolta
Christopher Plummer
Abigail Spencer
Jennifer Ehle
Tye Sheridan
Victor Gojcaj
Cinematography John Bailey
Edited by Peter Boyle
Code Entertainment
Solution Entertainment Group
Distributed by Saban Films
Release date
  • September 12, 2014 (2014-09-12) (TIFF)
  • April 24, 2015 (2015-04-24) (United States)
Running time
92 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $11 million
Box office $16 million[1]

The Forger is a 2014 American thriller crime drama film directed by Philip Martin and starring John Travolta. It started filming in October 2013.[2][3] It was released to theaters on April 24, 2015.[4]


Raymond Cutter, a second-generation criminal, cuts a deal with an underworld art dealer to get released early from prison to spend time with his son who has an inoperable brain tumor. He must forge a copy of Monet's Woman with a Parasol - Madame Monet and Her Son (in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.) and switch it with the real one, with the help of his son and father, to repay the syndicate that arranged his release.[5]


Release and reception[edit]


The Forger premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 12, 2014.[6] Two days before the premiere, 'Saban Films' acquired the U.S. distribution rights for over $2 million.[7]

Critical response[edit]

The Forger received mostly negative reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 9% rating, with an average score of 4.2/10, based on 43 reviews. The consensus reads: "So rote that its star is overshadowed by his wig, The Forger offers nary a thrill nor a scintilla of suspense that couldn't be overpowered by a decent basic-cable drama."[8] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 32 out of 100, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews", based on 16 reviews from critics.[9] IGN awarded it a score of 4.5 out of 10, saying "The Forger, starring John Travolta, goes through the motions, but isn't the real deal."[citation needed]


  1. ^ The Forger (film), Retrieved April 02, 2015.
  2. ^ John Travolta Sports New, Long Hair On The Set Of 'The Forger', The Huffington Post, October 08, 2013. Retrieved April 02, 2015.
  3. ^ Shanahan, Mark & Goldstein, Meredith. John Travolta coming to film ‘The Forger’ at MFA, The Boston Globe, October 02, 2013. Retrieved April 02, 2015.
  4. ^ Adamson, Stephen. EXCLUSIVE: First Look At 'The Forger' Official Poster With John Travolta Archived 2015-03-01 at the Wayback Machine.,, February 27, 2015. Retrieved April 02, 2015.
  5. ^ The Forger, Retrieved April 02, 2015.
  6. ^ Callahan, Joe. Travolta to host Ocala premiere of 'The Forger',, March 31, 2015. Retrieved April 02, 2015.
  7. ^ McNary, Dave. Toronto: John Travolta’s ‘The Forger’ Bought for U.S. Distribution, Variety, September 10, 2014. Retrieved April 02, 2015.
  8. ^ "The Forger". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 24, 2015. 
  9. ^ "The Forger". Metacritic. Retrieved April 24, 2015. 

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