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Scam (film)

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Written by Craig Smith
Directed by John Flynn
Starring Christopher Walken
Lorraine Bracco
Miguel Ferrar
Martin Donovan
Theme music composer Stephen Graziano
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) David Lancaster
Editor(s) Michael N. Knue
Cinematography Ric Waite
Running time 102 minutes
Distributor Viacom Enterprises
Original release
  • May 22, 1993 (1993-05-22)

Scam is a 1993 television film adaptation of crime drama novel by Craig Smith named Ladystinger. It originally aired on Showtime in May 1993.


Maggie Rohrer (Lorraine Bracco) is a seductive con-artist scamming the rich in Miami Beach. When she picks the wrong mark, Jack Shanks (Christopher Walken), he blackmails her into working with him on the ultimate scam in Jamaica. He wants to use her talents in a much bigger scam: ripping off a crime lord by getting at his programmer's computer files. But she starts to have doubts about what he's really after when she finds a huge stash of loot with the disks. He claims no knowledge of the money, she distrusts him, he's using her, things start getting dangerous and even murderous - and then her boyfriend shows up. When the scam turns deadly, murder and double-cross become the only way to finish their dangerous game.

DVD release

It is unknown if Paramount will release the film onto DVD or Blu-ray.


Actor/Actress Role
Christopher Walken Jack Shanks
Lorraine Bracco Maggie Rohrer
Miguel Ferrer Barry Landers
Martin Donovan Gordon Wexler
James McDaniel Daniel Poole
Daniel von Bargen Albert Magliocco
Eric Avari Mr. Ayub


John Flynn says he was offered the film by Showtime on the basis of his work for them on Nails (1992). The movie was shot in Jamaica. Flynn:

It was a privilege to work with Chris Walken. What a fine actor he is. Miguel Ferrer and Martin Donovan are also first-rate talents, but Lorraine Bracco was clinically depressed at the time, having trouble with her boyfriend Edward James Olmos and her ex-husband Harvey Keitel. So Lorraine wasn’t at the top of her game in Scam.[1]


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