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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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Betty Croft (as Patti Lupone)
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Fast Food Cook
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Michelle Sweeney ...
Waitress
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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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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

When unloading the gold from the plane, the camera turns and there's a truck with 2 personnel standing next to it clearly visible under the airplane in the background. They are supposed to be alone on the taxiway. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy: No one can hear me.
Joe Moore: No one can hear what you don't say.
Jimmy: Hey, I'm as quiet as an ant pissing on cotton.
Joe Moore: I don't want you as quiet as an ant pissing on cotton. I want you as quiet as an ant not even thinking about pissing on cotton.
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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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Featured in Riders (2002) See more »

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Double-crosses and slang galore, but not a bad film
15 January 2006 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

I didn't know anything about David Mamet before I saw this film... now I know that he's got a penchant for characters with ulterior motives and slang-heavy dialog. Going into this film, I didn't expect anything but a(surprise surprise) heist flick. I got just that. Not just a heist flick, but a well-acted, nicely directed and quite entertaining one, at that. The plot is pretty good, and keeps your interest throughout. There are a fair bit of double-crosses throughout, and near the end, it does get somewhat tiresome. The acting is all top-notch. Not one performance was even slightly off. It's no surprise to see such high-quality acting from Hackman, Lindo and Rockwell, but I had not expected such excellent performances from DeVito and Jay. The writing is very good, but Mamet uses too many clichés and there's just a tad too much going on in the shadows, people conspiring against each other. The dialog tries oh so hard to be clever, and occasionally succeeds, but more often than not, it just comes off as pretentiousness, with all the slang, the attempts at being clever and the ridiculously high pace it sometimes sports. The cinematography is great, not one shot was poor or out of place. The pacing is mostly good, though the film seems to go on just a bit too long. All in all, an entertaining heist film, but not one to watch much more than one time. I recommend this to all fans of heist flicks, any of the actors and David Mamet(who seems to be all about these films). 7/10


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