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Chain of Fools (also known by its production title Shiny New Enemies) is a 2000 heist comedy film, directed by LA-based Swedish production collective, Traktor, starring[1] Steve Zahn, Salma Hayek, Jeff Goldblum, and Elijah Wood.

Chain of Fools
Chain of Fools Movie Poster.jpg
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Directed byPontus Löwenhielm
Patrick von Krusenstjerna
Produced byCharles Block
Tony Lord
Steven Reuther
Written byBix Skahill
StarringSteve Zahn
Salma Hayek
David Cross
Elijah Wood
Jeff Goldblum
Lara Flynn Boyle
Tom Wilkinson
Orlando Jones
David Hyde Pierce
Music byMark Oliver Everett
David Hughes
John Murphy
CinematographyFrederick Elmes
Edited byHarvey Rosenstock
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • September 22, 2000 (2000-09-22) (U.S.)
  • November 30, 2000 (2000-11-30) (Czech Republic)
  • November 20, 2001 (2001-11-20) (Kuwait)
Running time
96 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$20,000,000 (estimated)



Thomas Kresk is a loser—he isn't good at his job, he's been tossed out of his home, and his wife just dumped him for the marriage counselor. Now he's depressed, and contemplating suicide. And yes, things get worse: a criminal named Avnet (Jeff Goldblum) has stolen three priceless coins, and decided to blackmail Bollingsworth (Tom Wilkinson), his billionaire partner in crime. After Kresk overhears this, he almost gets shot—and Avnet ends up impaled on a pair of barbers' scissors.

Now Kresk is in a considerably nastier situation, so he steals the gun and the coins. But things take a sharp turn when he hires a hit man named Mikey (Elijah Wood), and discovers that the hit man is only seventeen and emotionally traumatized by his parents' suicide. And that Kresk is falling for the cop/Playboy model Sgt. Meredith Kolko (Salma Hayek), and that his nephew Scottie (Devin Drewitz) has now swallowed the coins. Now Kresk is in over his head, and has to deal with the strange and sometimes dangerous people around him.



Chain of Fools was written by Bix Skahill and directed by an entity known as "Traktor." This is not, in fact, a single person, but a Swedish production team consisting of five directors and two producers.

The stunt coordinator was David Jacox.


The primary filming location was Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The film had an estimated $20,000,000 budget.[2]


Reviews were mixed to negative. Although Chain of Fools was released theatrically in some countries, it ended up being released straight-to-video in the United States.

Variety Magazine describes the film as "uneven but shows definite signs of promise."[3]


  1. ^ "Chain of Fools (2000) - Full Cast & Crew". IMDB. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  2. ^ "Chain of Fools (2000)". IMDB. Retrieved August 23, 2018.
  3. ^ Rehlin, Gunnar (March 11, 2001). "Chain of Fools". Variety. Retrieved August 23, 2018.

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