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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)
Alan Bilzerian ...
Fast Food Customer
Richard L. Friedman ...
Counterman
Robert Lussier ...
Fast Food Cook
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Jewelry Store Guard
Michelle Sweeney ...
Waitress
Elyzabeth Walling ...
Jewelry Saleswoman
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Coffee Cart Man (as Mike Tsarouchas)
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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:

£100,229 (UK) (25 November 2001)

Gross:

$47,239 (USA) (22 November 2015)
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Trivia

Magician/scholar Ricky Jay ("Pinky" Pincus) tweaks his reputation with his jewelry cache in a bibliophile's bundle of old books and his illusionist's trick of appearing to be seriously hurt when "hit" by an automobile. See more »

Goofs

In the first visit to the airplane, the boxes are correctly depicted as extremely heavy. But when the robbers pay a second visit, to pick up the real gold in the "foundry" containers, the boxes are wheeled around too lightly and effortlessly. See more »

Quotes

Bobby Blane: Sometimes adrenaline gives people the shakes, some might think it's cowardice, so maybe you'd want to pray about it.
Jimmy: I'm not a religious man.
Bobby Blane: There's nothing wrong with prayer. We knew this firefighter, this trooper, who always caried a bible next to his heart. We used to mock him, but that bible stopped a bullet.
Jimmy: No shit.
Bobby Blane: Hand of God, that bible stopped a bullet, would of ruined that fucker's heart. And had he had another bible in front of his face, that man would be alive today.
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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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Referenced in You Know What's Bullshit: Hotel TV's (2009) See more »

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You just can't find any good hired help anymore.
12 March 2002 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

In "Heist", Hackman plays and aging thief who, saddled with a beautiful young wife, no pension, and the disintegration of the old school thief ethic, decides to pull one last job so he can sail off into the sunset with his babe. The film, fraught with implausibilities, is all about who's the smarter thief (which, of course, would be the one with all the loot at the end) and deals with strategizing, conflict containment, greed, and other thief problems while forsaking action stuff (stunts, chases, sex, etc) as it labors through its somewhat convoluted plot. Good old Hollywood thief stuff with a solid cast worth a watch. Turn off brain and enjoy.


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