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Heist (2001)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  9 November 2001 (USA)
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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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Betty Croft (as Patti Lupone)
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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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heist | thief | swiss | partner | gold | See more »

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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:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$169,546 (Brazil) (9 August 2002)

Gross:

$306,735 (Brazil) (23 August 2002)
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Trivia

Joe Moore takes a taxi about 14 minutes into the movie. The taxi is marked "Cape Ann Taxi" with the phone number 617-187-0156. Area code 617 is for metro Boston. See more »

Goofs

The Massachusetts State Trooper who pulls over to inspect the phony "work site", asks Joe Moore if he called "K Barracks" to receive a police detail for the job. There are no "K Barracks" in the Mass State Police. There are seven field Troops in Massachusetts (A, B, C, D, E, H, and F) which are named by letter. Barracks are always called by a letter and number combination i.e. H-4 is the Boston Lower Basin Barracks. If the location is supposed to be close to Logan Airport the appropriate Troop letter to refer to would have been F, and the Trooper would have referred to it as "F Troop", not "F Barracks". See more »

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Bobby Blane: You know why the chicken crossed the road? Because the road crossed the chicken.
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The opening Warner Bros., Morgan Creek, and Franchise Pictures logos are in black and white. See more »

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References Rififi (1955) See more »

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Opinion of a "Heidi Motherf***er"
9 April 2003 | by (Zurich, Switzerland) – See all my reviews

This movie has one twist too many. The actual heist is so complicated that the desired tension sags earlier than it should. Heist has nothing of the suspense of a Hitchcock thriller, and trying to outwit your opponent gets boring after a while when you start forgetting what it is all about. There are some nice scenes around the airport though, some memorable dialogue ("everybody needs money, that's why it's called money"), and it's always fun to watch great professionals like Hackman, Rockwell and DeVito. Mamet's stock actor Ricky Jay adds flavour to the movie as usual, Rebecca Pigeon's part was ungrateful to play and somehow superfluous.

Hackman and his boys are doing The Swiss Job. Some old and newer clichés of my country pop up, viewers here were amused. And, believe me, the Swiss are always pleased when someone across the Atlantic acknowledges their mere existence, in whatever way this is done. Well, I have to go now: It's time to wind up my cuckoo-clock and to put a second lock on my own private stash of gold bullions.


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