Maverick Ranger Scott, known for ruthless, unorthodox methods but good results, is called in to help the secret service after Washington big whig’s brat daughter is abducted while studying at Harvard. Scott quickly realizes the protection detail’s prime suspect, her boyfriend Michael Blake, is innocent and dumped her for being a drug-addicted slut. Next he traces her to a bordello, only to realize the captors didn’t realize who she is but simply recruited her for the Middle Eastern white slavery market, and are likely to dispose of her rather than confront her father. But instead of the support expected in such high-profile case, Scott gets orders to work in secret before the press catches on, and even finds his quest sabotaged. —IMDb
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet is one of a handful of American playwrights whose work has found almost as much success on the screen as it has on the stage. Noted for his spare, gritty work that reflects the hardened attitudes of his native Chicago and often revolves around domineering male characters and their macho posturing, Mamet has time and again spurred both discussion and controversy, inciting particularly angry reactions from feminists. Born in Chicago on November 30, 1947, Mamet studied at Vermont’s Goddard College and the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater in New York. He returned to his hometown to found the St. Nicholas Theater Company and also worked for a time as the artistic director of the famed Goodman Theater. Mamet first earned acclaim in 1976 for a trio of Off-Off Broadway plays, The Duck Variations, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, and America Buffalo. The latter two works were later adapted for the screen, the first becoming About Last Night… read more
How to put together the framework of a thriller and themes that haunt every classic Greek tragedies like Exile and Disguise (Did you notice how many times Val Kilmer changes clothes here) for instance, that's the lesson David Mamet teaches us in Spartan. Sometimes it is working, sometimes it isn't. Recommended though.
Go tell the Spartans! Val Kilmer at the heroic zenith of the lost art of the DVD commentary.