Inside Man | 2006

Directed by: Spike Lee

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Main Plot

A police detective, a bank robber, and a high-power broker enter high-stakes negotiations after the criminal's brilliant heist spirals into a hostage situation.


  • Denzel Washington's character in Inside Man is Detective Keith Frazier, an NYPD hostage negotiator investigating a bank heist.
  • Detective Keith Frazier, who leads the hostage negotiations and tries to outsmart the mastermind behind the bank heist.
  • Jodie Foster's character is named Madeleine White and she is a powerful fixer hired to protect a secret vault.


In the end, it is revealed that the bank robbery was an elaborate plan to expose the corrupt practices of the bank's founder, Arthur Case. The robbers successfully break into the bank's vault and steal a safety deposit box, which contains incriminating documents. However, the robbers manage to escape, leaving the police and the bank's security frustrated. Detectives Frazier and Mitchell discover the true mastermind behind the heist, Dalton Russell, who successfully disappears. The stolen documents are anonymously sent to the press, exposing Case's illegal activities. The film ends with Frazier receiving a mysterious envelope containing a diamond ring, hinting at a potential romantic connection.

Spike Lee