Mad Money (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Mad Money (2008)
  • Rate: 5.5/10 total 10,127 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Crime | Thriller
  • Release Date: 18 January 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 104 min
  • Filming Location: Shreveport, Louisiana, USA
  • Budget: $22,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $20,668,843(USA)(18 May 2008)
  • Director: Callie Khouri
  • Stars: Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah and Katie Holmes
  • Original Music By: Martin Davich  James Newton Howard   
  • Soundtrack: Been on the Bayou
  • Sound Mix: DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Money | Bank | Debt | Janitor | Security Guard

Writing Credits By:

  • Glenn Gers (screenplay)
  • John Mister (earlier screenplay)
  • Neil McKay (screenplay "Hot Money") and
  • Terry Winsor (screenplay "Hot Money")

Known Trivia

  • The stock ticker at the bottom of the screen during “Mad Money w/ Jim Cramer” mentions Stark Industries, the fictional company owned by Tony Stark in Iron Man. Iron Man was released four-and-a-half months after Mad Money and also features a segment from “Mad Money w/ Jim Cramer”..
  • Katie Holmes turned down the chance to reprise her role as Rachel Dawes in Batman Begins sequel The Dark Knight to star in this film. Maggie Gyllenhaal was subsequently chosen to replace her.

Goofs: Continuity: When Bridget is in line at the snack machine and drops the $10 bill and tells the guy he dropped some money, after he picks it up they show him with the bill face up then when he says he better turn it into the office, it's face down.

Plot: Three female employees of the Federal Reserve plot to steal money that is about to be destroyed. Full summary »  »

Story: Don and Bridget Cardigan's upper middle class lifestyle is threatened since Don, who has been out of work for a year, seems to have given up looking for a job, and housewife Bridget has been out of the workforce for most of her life. They are close to $300,000 in debt. Finding out this information, Bridget comes to the conclusion that she needs to get a job – any job – that at least provides them with some benefits. She reluctantly takes a job as a janitor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Almost immediately, Bridget is enthralled with all the old worn out money that is being shredded. She comes up with a plan to get her old lifestyle back by stealing much of that money, which she believes is an easy job since the locks used on the money carts are standard equipment and as she notices that no one ever checks the garbage as she goes about her work. Her plan needs the cooperation of one person who works the shredder and one person who pushes the carts of money…Written by Huggo  


Synopsis: The film begins close to the end of the story, when the suspects get caught and are interrogated. Then it flashes back to three years earlier and the film proceeds forward from there interspersed with occasional bits from the interrogation.

Three years before getting caught, Bridget (Diane Keaton) lived a comfortable upper class life until her husband Don (Ted Danson) was fired from his position and sunk into debt. The paycheck for Selina, the cleaning lady, bounces again. Selina confronts Bridget and suggests she take a job as a janitor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

On her first day on the job, Bridget hatches a scheme to steal damaged dollar bills slated for destruction. For her team she chooses Nina (Queen Latifah), who works the dollar bill shredder, and Jackie (Katie Holmes), who takes bill carts from the Secret Service room to the shredding room. It takes some work to convince Nina to join, but Jackie joins them quickly.

The plan is that in the Secret Service room Bridget will switch a cart’s official Master-brand lock with a near identical lock she purchased at Home Depot. Bridget will tell Jackie the cart number and give Nina the official lock. When Jackie gets the chosen cart, she dumps some bills from the cart into a trash can before taking the cart to Nina, who then uses Bridget’s key to open it and restores the official lock, and then proceeds to shred the remaining bills. Meanwhile, Bridget, in the course of her janitorial duties, retrieves the dumped bills from the trash and splits them among Nina and Jackie in the women’s restroom.

Their first robbery is a success though the take is not as big as they had hoped. However, they’re emboldened to do it again and again. Once Don and Bridget pay off their debt, Don suggests they stop before they get caught. Bridget rejects this idea and convinces Nina and Jackie to keep going. They almost get caught but they fold in one of the cops.

A Federal Bank Examiner shows up at a party at Bridget’s house, and the next day Bridget sees him at work. The Examiner confronts Glover (Stephen Root), who is unwilling to admit anyone has stolen a single bill out of his bank as a matter of professional pride. Tipped off, that night Bridget and her accomplices begin trying to get rid of all the loot stashed in their houses, but the cops move in before all the evidence is destroyed. Bridget escapes but the others get caught.

Bridget hires a tax attorney to defend them. The lawyer gets Bridget and all her accomplices off the hook for their crimes. However, the IRS demands they pay their taxes, which turn out to be equal in amount to the money that remains. They walk away free but penniless.

Eight months later, Bridget reveals to Nina and Jackie that she had stashed away a lot of the stolen money in the basement of a friend’s bar.

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Produced By:

  • James Acheson known as producer
  • Jay Cohen known as producer
  • Boaz Davidson known as executive producer
  • Frank DeMartini known as producer
  • Danny Dimbort known as executive producer
  • Michael P. Flannigan known as producer (as Michael Flannigan)
  • Robert O. Green known as executive producer (as Robert Green)
  • Wendy Kram known as executive producer
  • Avi Lerner known as executive producer
  • Trevor Short known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Diane Keaton known as Bridget Cardigan
  • Ted Danson known as Don Cardigan
  • Katie Holmes known as Jackie Truman
  • Adam Rothenberg known as Bob Truman
  • Queen Latifah known as Nina Brewster
  • Peyton 'Alex' Smith known as Older Dante (as Peyton Smith)
  • Charlie Caldwell known as Cop #1
  • Richard F Law known as Cop #2 (as Richard Law)
  • Meagen Fay known as Mindy Arbogast
  • Christopher McDonald known as Bryce Arbogast (as Chris McDonald)
  • Denise Lee known as Counselor
  • Sylvia Castro Galan known as Selina
  • Morgana Shaw known as Molly
  • Roger R. Cross known as Barry (as Roger Cross)
  • Stephen Root known as Glover
  • Marc Macaulay known as Agent Wayne
  • Andrew Sensenig known as Cart Guy
  • Finesse Mitchell known as Shaun
  • Maliek Golden known as Young Dante
  • Khari King known as Young Jimmy
  • Mathew Greer known as Junior
  • Jim Cramer known as Himself
  • John McIntosh known as Headmaster
  • Bill Jenkins known as Jeweler
  • Michael P. Flannigan known as Foreman
  • Drew Waters known as Fed Guy #1
  • Tron Kendrick known as Fed Guy #2
  • Ginnie Randall known as Ms. Cobb
  • Joe Nemmers known as Detective Smith
  • Julius Washington known as Detective Jones
  • J.C. MacKenzie known as Richard Mandelbrot
  • Cliff Fleming known as Helicopter Pilot (as Clifford Fleming)
  • Jennifer Wilkerson known as Hotel Clerk
  • Bryan McMahon known as District Attorney
  • Richard Folmer known as IRS Man
  • Duke W. Scott Jr. known as Detective Scott
  • Clay Chamberlin known as Waiter
  • Bryan Massey known as Detective Brinkley
  • Sterling Blackmon known as Older Jimmy
  • McIntyre Bridges known as Federal Reserve Employee (uncredited)
  • Ron Fagan known as Garden Party Attendee (uncredited)
  • Travis Fontenot known as Federal Reserve Employee (uncredited)
  • Jimmy Lee Jr. known as Federal Reserve Officer (uncredited)
  • Amy McGee known as Co-Worker (uncredited)
  • Darcel White Moreno known as Criminal (uncredited)
  • Desi Page known as Girl Scout (uncredited)
  • Jeannie Perrin known as Federal Reserve Officer (uncredited)
  • Arnold John Popa III known as Federal Reserve Tech (uncredited)
  • Cynthia Riser known as Federal Reserve Employee (uncredited)
  • Michael Showers known as Detective (uncredited)
  • Cassidy Smith known as Girl Scout (uncredited)
  • Bill Stinchcomb known as Cop (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Kimberly Amacker known as additional makeup artist
  • Fríða Aradóttir known as hair stylist: Ms. Keaton (as Frida Aradottir)
  • Julie Baker known as hair stylist: Ms. Latifah
  • Nanci Cascio known as additional hair stylist (as Nancy Cascio)
  • Krystal Kershaw known as makeup artist
  • Julie Kristy known as key makeup artist
  • Adruitha Lee known as hair stylist: Ms. Holmes
  • Michelle Vittone known as makeup department head (as Michelle Vittone-McNeil)
  • Tony Ward known as key hair stylist

Art Department:

  • Irwin Ainsworth known as toolman
  • Jack Ballance known as set designer
  • John Berger known as set designer
  • John Blanchard known as construction general foreman
  • William Burck known as plasterer
  • Gloria Hardison Clark known as art department coordinator
  • Daniel Coulthard known as set dresser
  • Ken Deubel III known as lead scenic
  • Terry Deubel known as paint foreman
  • Tommy Gilbert known as set dresser
  • Kristine Grippo known as props
  • Marco Guerrero known as swing
  • Shannon Harrelson known as set designer
  • Frank Hendrick known as set dresser
  • Michael Hendrick known as leadman
  • J.D. Jacoby known as props model builder
  • Jerod Johnson known as painter
  • Thomas V. Johnson known as paint foreman
  • Troy A. Johnson known as construction buyer
  • Ellen Lampl known as graphic designer
  • Ernerst J. Levron Jr. known as swing
  • Andy Lovell known as props p.a
  • Myron Meek known as props builder
  • Dave Merry known as lead greensman
  • Katherine Miller known as buyer
  • Johnny Rasmussen known as swing
  • Scott A. Reeder known as property master
  • Sondra Rowland known as props
  • George Sanchez known as plasterer
  • John Eric Seay known as carpenter
  • Tim J. Smith known as set dresser
  • Suzanne Stover known as buyer
  • Chuck Stringer known as construction coordinator
  • Tim Tillman known as gang boss
  • Keith Wall known as set dresser
  • Joe Walsh known as set dresser
  • Koen Wooten known as assistant property master
  • James R. Hall known as additional graphics (uncredited)
  • Carter Mitchell known as props (uncredited)


Production Companies:

  • Big City Pictures
  • Granada Entertainment
  • Grand Army Entertainment
  • Lightspeed Media
  • MMoney
  • MWP Productions
  • Millennium Films
  • Overture Films
  • Swingin' Productions

Other Companies:

  • BAM Casting  
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  dollies
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  hydrascope telescoping crane arm
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  stabilized remote camera systems
  • Film Finances  completion guarantor
  • Hollywood Intermediate  digital intermediate services
  • Identity Studios  visual effects
  • Kinetic Imageworks  post-production facilities
  • Klass Entertainment  product placement
  • Louisiana Media Services  post-production
  • Magic Film and Video Works  telecine dailies
  • On Tour Productions  provided the dog
  • On Tour Transportation  transportation services
  • Rockbottom Rentals  cell phone rentals
  • Rockbottom Rentals  junxion box rentals
  • Rockbottom Rentals  nextel cell phone rentals
  • Sessions Payroll Management  extras payroll services
  • Shine  main titles
  • Shine  post-production
  • Sonic Magic  sound post-production
  • Soundtrack  ADR Facility
  • Sublime Sound  post-production sound services


  • Millennium Films (2008) (worldwide) (all media)
  • Overture Films (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Odeon (2008) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Alliance Films (2008) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Top Film (2008) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • Anchor Bay Entertainment (2008) (USA) (DVD)
  • Culture Publishers (CP) (2009) (Japan) (DVD)
  • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2008) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Eagle Films (2008) (non-USA) (all media) (Middle East)
  • Film1 (2009) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Future Film (2008) (Finland) (all media)
  • Gativideo (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Midget Entertainment (2008) (Denmark) (all media)
  • Noble Entertainment (2008) (Sweden) (DVD)
  • Noble Entertainment (2009) (Sweden) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Odeon (2008) (Romania) (all media)
  • RTL Entertainment (2010) (Netherlands) (TV) (RTL5)

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Special Effects:

  • Louisiana Media Services (visual effects)
  • Worldwide FX (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Simeon Asenov known as visual effects art director
  • Dilyan Aynadzhiev known as visual effects systems administrator
  • Lawles Bourque known as digital compositor
  • Rachel Clement known as digital cleanup artist
  • Scott Coulter known as visual effects producer
  • Yasen Denev known as digital matte painter
  • Konstantin Dimitrov known as digital compositor
  • Denitsa Dimitrova known as digital compositor
  • Stanislav Dragiev known as visual effects supervisor
  • Evan Ghigliotty known as digital artist
  • Lyubomir Grigorov known as visual effects
  • Dragomir Kostadinov known as matte painter
  • Jordan Markov known as visual effects editor
  • Wolfgang Maschin known as digital compositor
  • Svetoslav Mitev known as visual effects coordinator
  • Nick Peshunoff known as visual effects coordinator
  • Julia Petrova known as digital compositor
  • Iasen Pisarov known as visual effects
  • Diana Simeonova known as matchmove artist
  • Raena Singh known as digital artist: demiurge
  • Stefan Tchakarov known as visual effects production supervisor
  • David Van Woert known as visual effects producer

Release Date:

  • Malaysia 17 January 2008
  • India 18 January 2008
  • USA 18 January 2008
  • Greece 31 January 2008
  • Russia 7 February 2008
  • Bulgaria 15 February 2008
  • Israel 28 February 2008
  • Portugal 20 March 2008
  • Brazil 4 April 2008
  • Kuwait 22 May 2008
  • France 23 July 2008
  • Spain 10 October 2008
  • Italy 22 October 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Sweden 3 December 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Netherlands 16 December 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Finland 19 December 2008
  • Iceland 5 February 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Peru 19 February 2009
  • Germany 20 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • UK 13 April 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Argentina 17 June 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 26 June 2009 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for sexual material and language, and brief drug references


Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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