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** [[spoiler: The Japanese tourists aren't just background extras, nor they are sent out by the Japanese corporation to steal the process]].

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** [[spoiler: The Japanese tourists aren't just background extras, nor are they are sent out by the Japanese corporation to steal the process]].process; they're U.S. Marshals]].


** [[spoiler: The Japanese tourists aren't just background extras, nor they are send out by the Japanese corporation to steal the process]].

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** [[spoiler: The Japanese tourists aren't just background extras, nor they are send sent out by the Japanese corporation to steal the process]].


** Joe's ridiculously huge folding knife.



* OffScreenTeleportation: The only explanation for what happens to [[spoiler:the book containing the process]] during the OneSceneWonder scene (see YMMV).

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* OffScreenTeleportation: The only explanation for what happens to [[spoiler:the book containing the process]] during the OneSceneWonder scene (see YMMV).TitleDrop scene.

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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Even [[spoiler:Susan]] has to crack a wry smile when Joe declines to do a "good deed."


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* WhamShot: When the camera bag goes through the X-ray machine. It's when the audience first learns that [[spoiler:Susan]] is in on the con.


* OffScreenTeleportation: The only explanation for what happens to [[spoiler:the book containing the process]] during the OneSceneWonder scene below.
* OneSceneWonder: Ed O'Neill plays a cop who explains the SpanishPrisoner con [[spoiler:and turns out to be one of the con artists]].

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* OffScreenTeleportation: The only explanation for what happens to [[spoiler:the book containing the process]] during the OneSceneWonder scene below.
* OneSceneWonder: Ed O'Neill plays a cop who explains the SpanishPrisoner con [[spoiler:and turns out to be one of the con artists]].
(see YMMV).


* OffScreenTeleportation: The only explanation for what happens to [[spoiler:the book containing the process]] during the OneSceneWonder scene below.
* OneSceneWonder: Ed O'Neill plays a cop who explains the SpanishPrisoner con [[spoiler:and turns out to be one of the con artists]].

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* OffScreenTeleportation: The only explanation for what happens to [[spoiler:the book containing the process]] during the OneSceneWonder scene below.
* OneSceneWonder: Ed O'Neill plays a cop who explains the SpanishPrisoner con [[spoiler:and turns out to be one of the con artists]].
(see YMMV).

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* OffScreenTeleportation: The only explanation for what happens to [[spoiler:the book containing the process]] during the OneSceneWonder scene below.

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* BigStore: Given the multiple cons involved, it's only natural this is used. halfway through the film, Joe starts going back to the various offices he visited before to find they're either empty or used by business who have no idea what he's talking about.


* TheCameo: The fed who explains the SpanishPrisoner con is played by Ed O'Neill, post-''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', pre-''Series/ModernFamily''.

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* TheCameo: The fed who explains the SpanishPrisoner con is played by Ed O'Neill, post-''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', pre-''Series/ModernFamily''.a personal friend of Mamet's.



* [[Main/IncurableCoughOfDeath Chekhov's Cough]]: Joe's best friend, a lawyer, gets a cold that follows him throughout the movie. Subverted when [[spoiler: he is found stabbed to death in the second act]]



* TheGhost: Jimmy's sister. The promise of meeting her strings Joe along with Jimmy for a while. We never see what she looks like. The one photograph that Jimmy shows has her face covered by glare. [[spoiler:It turns out she doesn't exist]].



* JapaneseTourist: They seem to be everywhere and it's even invoked by one of the conmen.

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* HidingInPlainSight: [[spoiler:The Japanese tourists are really law enforcement officers tracking the conmen. Jimmy even notes that no one ever pays attention to them]].
* {{Irony}}: Jimmy notes that no one ever pays attention to Japanese tourists. [[spoiler:His con is undone by the very fact that he's been ignoring the tourists]].
* JapaneseTourist: They seem to be everywhere appear in a number o f scenes, and it's even invoked by Jimmy notes that no one of the conmen.ever pays attention to them. [[spoiler:It turns out that they're U.S. Marshals hiding in plain sight]].



* MassiveMultiplayerScam: There are roughtly 30 people involved in the scheme, countless locations are used and there is a possibility there even was [[{{Fanon}} a third-party involved in their own scheme]].

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* MassiveMultiplayerScam: There are roughtly roughly 30 people involved in the scheme, with countless locations are used and there is a possibility there even was [[{{Fanon}} a third-party involved in their own scheme]].used.



* OneSceneWonder: Ed O'Neill plays a cop who explains the SpanishPrisoner con [[spoiler:and turns out to be one of the con artists]].



* PlotBasedVoiceCancellation: This is used to prevent the audience from ever learning [[spoiler:where the process was hidden]]. Oddly enough, though, the line shows up clearly in the subtitles.
** Judging by the DVD release, where the lines are much more audiable, the idea was different. [[spoiler: Jimmy uses the sudden noise to never give anything on the HiddenWire, since he expects the ruse]].

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* PlotBasedVoiceCancellation: This is used to prevent the audience from ever learning [[spoiler:where the process was hidden]]. Oddly enough, though, the line shows up clearly in the subtitles.
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subtitles. Judging by the DVD release, where the lines are much more audiable, the idea was different. [[spoiler: Jimmy uses the sudden noise to never give anything on the HiddenWire, Hidden Wire, since he expects the ruse]].



** [[spoiler: Joe isn't part of the SpanishPrisoner con, but everything is set up to make him believe it's the case]].

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** [[spoiler: Joe isn't part of the SpanishPrisoner Spanish Prisoner con, but everything is set up to make him believe it's the case]].


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* WorkingThroughTheCold: George gets a cold during the company trip, which is why he doesn't go out and ultimately [[spoiler:ends up murdered]].

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* MetaCasting: Ricky Jay, a professional magician and expert in charlatans, plays George, Joe's friend and a lawyer. This indicated from the very start he will play important role in the plot. [[spoiler: He's killed instead and Joe is framed for it]].

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* JapaneseTourist: They seem to be everywhere and it's even invoked by one of the conmen.


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* TheReveal:
** [[spoiler: Joe isn't part of the SpanishPrisoner con, but everything is set up to make him believe it's the case]].
** [[spoiler: Susan is part of the scheme. So is Mr. Klein]].
** [[spoiler: The Japanese tourists aren't just background extras, nor they are send out by the Japanese corporation to steal the process]].


** The tennis book (with Jimmy's finger prints on it) eventually brings the charade down.

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** The tennis book [[spoiler: (with Jimmy's finger prints on it) it)]] eventually brings the charade down.



* TheCon: Joe spends the whole film trying to figure out what con he's been a victim of. The titular "Spanish Prisoner" con is but one of them.

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* TheCon: Joe spends the whole film trying to figure out what con he's been a victim of. The titular "Spanish Prisoner" con is but a foreplay to one of them.



* ForWantOfANail: The entire scheme, including ''two'' elaborate failsaves, ultimately crumbles due to [[spoiler: Joe wanting to impress the girl and replacing the damaged book with a mint copy]] and the fact he's really a NiceGuy. And it's entirely on the schemers part, since [[spoiler: he's played to panic in the plane and to start think Jimmy could set him for something. Should he deliver the package without ever opening it, the plan would work flawlessly. Should they use a copy in good conditions rather than the first book they could grab, the entire plot would have worked]].



* GambitPileup

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* GambitPileupGambitPileup: There is a con within a con and the fail-safe situation is based on combination of another two cons. All of it to [[spoiler: get the formula without paying Joe a single cent for it]].
* {{Greed}}: [[spoiler: Rather than paying Joe his due for the process, which shouldn't be that much in the first place, Mr. Klein, his boss, takes part in an elaborate con to steal the process and frame Joe for murder of his friend]]. If he wasn't so greedy, he might actually profit on the process at minimal cost and without criminal charges.



* MassiveMultiplayerScam

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* MassiveMultiplayerScamMametSpeak: But of course. One of the opening scenes, where Joe, Mr. Klein and the other businessmen discuss the process, its applications and value is the best example of it.
* MassiveMultiplayerScam: There are roughtly 30 people involved in the scheme, countless locations are used and there is a possibility there even was [[{{Fanon}} a third-party involved in their own scheme]].



* NiceGuy: Combination of this and {{Pride}} makes Joe a superb target for the scheme, which is entirely tailored around those traits.
* NiceToTheWaiter: Joe being ''too nice'' eventually leads the entire plot to crumble, even if initially it helped the conmen.
** Should he let [[spoiler: Susan return in business class, she wouldn't get an extra chance to point out Jimmy might be bad. Joe would never open the package and he wouldn't notice the book is damaged - something that wasn't even important for the scheme]].
** Later on, [[spoiler: helping a troubled mother leads to the realisation he still has Jimmy's fingerprints]].



** Judging by the DVD release, where the lines are much more audiable, the idea was different. [[spoiler: Jimmy uses the sudden noise to never give anything on the HiddenWire, since he expects the ruse]].



* StunGuns

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* StunGunsStunGuns: [[spoiler: Jimmy is caught using tranq gun. This was the main cause of fan theory about the real identity of the Marshalls, who make sure Jimmy is alive and well when the plot crumbles]].



* UndisclosedFunds: The stake at the beginning is not shown to the audience, but is presumably an impressive sum.

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* UndisclosedFunds: The stake at the beginning is not shown to the audience, but is presumably an impressive sum. Judging by Joe's writing and sounds he makes with chalk, it's eight figures. And that's a conservative projection.


** The business card of the CIA agent. Invoked to trap Joe deeper in the scheme.

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** The business card of the CIA FBI agent. Invoked to trap Joe deeper in the scheme.


* TheCon: Joe spends the whole film trying to figure out what con he's been a victim of. The titular "Spanish Prisoner" con is but one of many.
* DeusExMachina: When everything seems lost for the hero, he appeals to the only people around. Luckily, [[TheCavalry they're the law]] and they save the day.

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* TheCon: Joe spends the whole film trying to figure out what con he's been a victim of. The titular "Spanish Prisoner" con is but one of many.
* DeusExMachina: When everything seems lost for the hero, he appeals to the only people around. Luckily, [[TheCavalry they're the law]] and they save the day.
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* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:In multiple scenes throughout the movie, there are Japanese tourists in the background taking pictures. Everyone ignores them; in the end they turn out to be Federal Marshals who were following the whole plot.]]

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* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:In multiple scenes throughout the movie, there are Japanese tourists in the background taking pictures. Everyone ignores them; them, except to comment on the ubiquity of Japanese tourist photographing things; in the end they turn out to be Federal Marshals who were following the whole plot.]]



* DeusExMachina: When everything seems lost for the hero, the [[TheCavalry police appear]] out of nowhere and saves the day.

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* DeusExMachina: When everything seems lost for the hero, he appeals to the only people around. Luckily, [[TheCavalry police appear]] out of nowhere they're the law]] and saves they save the day.

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