• Layer Cake (2004)

Layer Cake

Release Date: 2004

DVD Release Date: August 23rd, 2005

R |1 hr 45 min

Plot Summary

An unnamed mid-level cocaine dealer (Daniel Craig) in London makes plans to step away from the criminal life. Before he can cut ties, the dealer's supplier Jimmy Price (Kenneth Cranham) draws him into a complicated pair of jobs involving kidnapping the teenage daughter of a rival gangster (Michael Gambon) and brokering the purchase of a large shipment of ecstasy pills from a dealer known as "the Duke" (Jamie Foreman), leading to a series of elaborate double-crosses from all corners.

Cast: Daniel Craig, Colm Meaney, Kenneth Cranham, George Harris, Jamie Foreman, Michael Gambon, Tamer Hassan, Ben Whishaw

Director: Matthew Vaughn

Genres: Crime drama

Production Co: Sony Pictures Classics, Falcon Films

Keywords: Office, Deception, Gritty, Girlfriend, Pursuit, Escape, London, 2000s

Ratings & Reviews

  • 88
    Allison BenediktChicago Tribune

    Don't let the fast-and-loose vibe fool you: Right up to its operatic finale, this is one tight one last job. show more

  • 88
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Craig is fascinating here as a criminal who is very smart, and finds that is not an advantage because while you might be able to figure out what another smart person is about to do, dumbos like the men he works for are likely to do anything. show more

  • 80
    Ray BennettThe Hollywood Reporter

    Smartly put together, with interesting characters and caustic wit. show more

See all critic reviews on metacritic.com

Similar Movies

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels

Eddy (Nick Moran) convinces three friends to pool funds for a high-stakes poker game against local crime boss Hatchet Harry (P.H. Moriarty). Harry cheats and Eddy loses, giving him a week to pay back...

Stream Online
Jackie Brown
Jackie Brown

When flight attendant Jackie Brown (Pam Grier) is busted smuggling money for her arms dealer boss, Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson), agent Ray Nicolette (Michael Keaton) and detective Mark Dargus (Mi...

Stream Online
The Usual Suspects
The Usual Suspects

"The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist," says con man Kint (Kevin Spacey), drawing a comparison to the most enigmatic criminal of all time, Keyser Soze. Kin...

Stream Online


Nominated Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement by a Director, Writer or Producer in Their First Feature Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2005)