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Heist (2001)

A career jewel thief finds himself at tense odds with his longtime partner, a crime boss who sends his nephew to keep watch.

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Mickey Bergman (as Danny Devito)
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Betty Croft (as Patti Lupone)
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Fast Food Customer
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Fast Food Cook
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Jewelry Store Guard
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Waitress
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Jewelry Saleswoman
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Storyline

David Mamet takes this story of thieves along many twists and turns, some of which work and some of which don't. Gene Hackman plays the brilliant leader of a gang (Delroy Lindo, Ricky Jay & Rebecca Pigeon as Hackman's youngish wife), which pulls off complex heists for a despicable fence (Danny DeVito). After stiffing the gang on a jewelry robbery, DeVito forces the gang to go after a Swiss gold shipment and to use his nephew (Sam Rockwell) in the crime. No one trusts anyone and every step is shaded with the unexpected. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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9 November 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Heist - Der letzte Coup  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$39,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$7,823,521 (USA) (9 November 2001)

Gross:

$47,239 (USA) (20 November 2015)
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Trivia

The movie reunites Gene Hackman, Danny DeVito and Delroy Lindo, who all appeared in Get Shorty (1995). See more »

Goofs

You see the taxi and landing lights on as you hear an engine start on the 727. Taxi lights are not turned on until after start, at a minimum, when the aircraft begins it's taxi. As it is daylight, it is unlikely the Captain would turn them on at all until rolling onto the runway for takeoff. See more »

Quotes

Bergman: I hate to do anything as dramatic as count to three but one, two, three.
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Crazy Credits

The opening Warner Bros., Morgan Creek, and Franchise Pictures logos are in black and white. See more »

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References The Wild Bunch (1969) See more »

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Tries too hard
10 November 2001 | by (Miami, Florida) – See all my reviews

Knowing the quality of Mamet's previous works, maybe I expected too much out of this one, but as it stands I just wasn't impressed by this film. Am I the only one who got bored during this movie? The characters were good except Fran (Rebecca Pidgeon). She is just there to deliver one-liners the whole time and provide sex appeal. I know her demeanor is quiet and conniving, but she just struts around waiting to make overly witty replies. The rest of the cast were excellent, Delroy Lindo outshined Hackman as his right-hand thug, Ricky Jay pulls off the calm and collected badass, Sam Rockwell delivers a good presence that you just hate, DeVito was awesome as the break-your-balls "bad" criminal and Hackman played his part well as he always does.

The story bored me however. You knew what was going to happen before it happened and there were too many twists in the movie that they lost their affect. Twists are good when used sparingly and when used at the right time. I didn't like the timing of them in this movie or the overuse of them. It got boring because the characters always pull something out of their hat when you "least expect it."

For me dialogue has to be two things, witty and believable. Now the dialogue in this film is witty, Mamet probably took a while to compile all these quotes into one movie, but it is too much. It is simply to much. All Rebecca Pidgeon says is these crafty responses and she engages no real conversation. As for believable, people don't speak like this. No one, not even the coolest cat in the world and half the time I am trying to figure out what the hell they mean.

The plot is way too contrived, it is too much. Their is a backup plan, for a backup plan, for a backup plan, for a ... The scene on the runway was crap, impossible. Never would have happened. Too many "overly" perfect plans and too many twists make this plot boring to watch.

Wait for the rental.


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