The film stars John Cusack as Coyle, and features a supporting cast that includes Debi Mazar, Michael Madsen, Benicio del Toro, Michael Rapaport, James Gandolfini, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Maury Chaykin, Currie Graham, and Fionnula Flanagan.
Joey, played by John Cusack, found a bag full of money out of the back of an armored car. Joey forced his friend, Kenny Kozlowski, played by Michael Rapaport, to drive Kenny's car in the lake to hide the tire tracks. Unknown to them that a local boy witness them doing the crime. Joey tells Kenny that he's not going to turn the money in and decides to keep it for himself. Joey refuses to tell his family about it. The police are investigating the missing money and the local boy tells them about the car. The police found the car in the lake and trace it back to Kenny's house. Later, the police heads to Kenny 's house. During that, Kenny's Dad beats his son with a belt and Kenny tells the police that Joey took the money. The neighbors overhear this and word spread out around the city that Joey took the money. Joey and his girlfriend head to the airport to leave the country until they get arrested.
Filmed in Pittsburgh, the movie centers around John Cusack as Joey Coyle, an unemployed South Philadelphia longshoreman who finds $1.2 million dollars in a bag in the middle of the street after it falls out of the back of an armored car. He proceeds to go on a spending spree, attempts to launder it through the local Mafia and is then arrested while attempting to flee the country.
Gordon Freedman Productions acquired the film rights and Gordon Freedman served as co-executive producer.