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Hustle (2000)

Die Abzocker - Eine eiskalte Affäre (original title)
R | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | TV Movie May 2001
Maya and Tony are grifters. They do well at their small time cons...until they get in over their heads.

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Maya / Corinna
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Felix Baumgartner
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Pierce
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Martin
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Tony
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Gordon Chan
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Vivian
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Rumsen
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Detective Walsh
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Detective Maretti
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Phillip
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Clerk
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Maya and Tony are a couple of young grifters always looking for their big score. One day they meet Pierce, another victim at first, but who quickly reveals himself as a senior fraudster posing as a "mark". Pierce recruits Maya and Tony to help with his big score. Before long Maya and Tony are in way over their heads. Maya assumes a new identity and seeks the help of Felix to protect her. It's a dirty game of betrayal, murder, and seduction. It's one deadly, sordid affair. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for strong language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Entirely forgettable con artist flick
29 June 2006 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

I bought 'The Hustle' as a part of a 'but 3 for £5' sale, so it cost me roughly £1.67, and even though I wouldn't say I'm happy with the purchase; the film is just about worth £1.67. I'm actually a big fan of films where people get conned, and that and the fact that the rest of the films in sale were even worse were what made me decide to buy this one. However, films about con men have seen a lot better days; and Stuart Cooper's film is one part useless, one part extremely unlikely and three parts boring; and all this stuff combines into a film that isn't worth bothering with. The script takes influence from the Demi Moore miss 'Indecent Proposal' as well as a number of other films about grifters, and follows the fortunes of a pair that box describes as 'a modern day Bonnie and Clyde'. Personally, I'd say they're more like those cheats on 'Who Wants to be a Millionaire'. Anyway, their scam is for the lady to take a man back to her room, while the boyfriend drains the credit card. This is all well and good, until someone pulls a gun on them and offers them a chance at a bigger scam. Sorry, I mean 'score'.

The script makes sure it gets all the terminology right; 'mark', 'score', 'hit' etc; but forgets to tell an interesting story with characters worth remembering. Bobbie Phillips is sexy and seductive in the lead role, but everyone else is awful. Benjamin Sadler is phoney and boring, while it's easy to forget that Thomas Heinze and Stephen McHattie are even in the film, despite the fact that they have big roles. Robert Wagner rounds it all off with a small appearance near the end, and like the rest of the cast; isn't worth remembering as he clearly only took the role for the money. The plot features a lot of surprises, but many of them are extremely unlikely and silly - the main plot involving Bobbie Phillips is a big culprit in this respect. The silly plot is offset by a distinctly serious tone, and perhaps the worst thing about this film is the fact that the cast and director obviously thought that they were making a good piece of drama. The score over the top and irritating as well, and while this isn't a complete dead loss; it certainly isn't very good. Avoid, unless you're getting it for £1.67.


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