That left director James Foley and his star Burns, who plays a handsome grifter
working for an eccentric L.
IT'S a good week for Eddie, the proprietor of Eddie's Bar, who actually has some other customers this week other than our freeloading grifter
chums who have never knowingly paid for a drink in their lives.
Here's what this little family entertainment from the Disney Channel offers up for your spiritual edification: A grifter
, not likable enough to be the Grinch, who swipes Santa's sleigh for the purposes of cleaning out the homes of the wealthy.
This is unbelievably jaw-dropping material, but if you want a cogent version of the story, pick up the recent book ``Son of a Grifter
,'' by Kent Walker (Sante's son from a previous marriage) and Mark Schone - 400 pages of scams and outrages and, incredibly enough, it never gets old.
Long consigned to the attic along with Grifter
bikes and pogo sticks, it is high time The Goodies were given their due.
Nonetheless, tonight's ``Spin City'' is an occasion of some note, since star Charlie Sheen's father, Martin, whose own series, ``The West Wing,'' is much, much better (and used to compete against ``Spin City''), plays Roy, Charlie's grifter
father, who insinuates himself into his son's life after years of estrangement.
But thieves can't be choosy, which appears to be the lesson young Juan (Pauls) is going to be taught, by hook and by crook, by the veteran grifter
Marcos (Darin), who conveniently rescues the kid from a convenience-store change scam gone wrong.
Richard, who plays the new grifter
in town, tells us: "Our paths didn't cross again for decades until we filmed Hustle, where, at long last, we had time in between scenes to get to know each other.
Brody plays Jack, a New York City grifter
who struts around wearing a snakeskin jacket and cocksure attitude that masks a sensitive nature underneath.
Working with another, more traditionally oily grifter
named Frank (``Confessions of a Dangerous Mind's'' Sam Rockwell, good but getting typecast), Roy impersonates feds, wheedles account numbers out of marks, stuff like that.
Huston gives one of her best performances as the hard-hearted grifter
willing to con even her own son.
HUSTLE BBC One Wales, 9pm According to the age-old laws of grifting, when a grifter
is conned, he (or she) is guaranteed a run of bad luck.