Double Take (2001 film)

Double Take is a 2001 buddy action comedy film starring Eddie Griffin and Orlando Jones. Double Take was inspired by the 1957 drama Across the Bridge, which was in turn based on a short story by Graham Greene; the supporting cast includes Edward Herrmann, Gary Grubbs, Garcelle Beauvais, and Daniel Roebuck.

Double Take
Theatrical release poster
Directed byGeorge Gallo
Produced byDavid Permut
Brett Ratner
Written byGeorge Gallo
StarringEddie Griffin
Orlando Jones
Edward Herrmann
Music byGraeme Revell
CinematographyTheo van de Sande
Edited byMalcolm Campbell
Distributed byBuena Vista Pictures
Release date
  • January 12, 2001 (2001-01-12)
Running time
91 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$24 million
Box office$31.6 million


Daryl Chase (Orlando Jones) is a successful investment banker who handles international accounts for a major New York City firm. Chase discovers to his surprise that one of his biggest clients, a company from Mexico, is actually a front for a cartel of drug smugglers; he realizes too late that he's been framed for money laundering and the murder of two cops, and is now wanted by the FBI.

Chase is soon approached by T.J. McReady (Gary Grubbs), a CIA agent, who thinks Chase's relationship with the Mexican drug kingpins might prove useful, but when his local contact disappears, Chase has to make his way to Mexico in order to save his skin and hopefully clear his name. Needing a new identity to get out of town and across the border, Chase obtains a stolen passport— and soon learns the man whose name he's using is in even deeper trouble with the law than himself.

With nowhere else to turn, Chase asks streetwise hustler Freddy Tiffany (Eddie Griffin) (in reality, an undercover FBI agent) to help him get out of town; Chase pretends to be Freddy, while Tiffany will pose as a businessman like Chase. However, Chase finds out Tiffany isn't the man he thought he was, and that his sticky situation is even more perilous and fraught with secrets than he imagined.


Box office

The film opened at #4 at the North American box office making $11.7 million USD in its opening weekend behind Traffic, Cast Away and Save the Last Dance, which debuted at the top spot.


The film received mostly negative reviews. 12% of 78 critics gave the film a positive review according to review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. The site's consensus states: "Despite a good performance by Orlando Jones, the movie is ruined by a ridiculous, messy plot and fails to generate laughs".[1]


A dance competition in the film features the song Return of the Tres by hip hop group Delinquent Habits. A remix of the Joe song Stutter featuring Mystikal was featured in this film. This version of the song was marketed as "The Double Take Remix", due to its appearance in this film.


  1. "Double Take (2001)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 22 July 2019.
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