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
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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 »
Even though the van is supposedly loaded down with thousands of pounds of gold, there is no sagging of the suspension or any other indication that there is any substantial weight actually in the van. See more »
David Mamet is famed for complicated plots and the Heist is no exception. Unfortunately for the viewer - Mamet neglects to have the characters explain what they intend to do before they do it so it difficult to know when they switch from Plan A to Backup Plan B to Alternate Plan C .. this happens a lot in the movie. It's also impossible to figure out what the individual characters believe to be the current working plan. All of these leads to a loss of tension as you sit back and wait and see how it plays out.
A good robbery movie which could have been better.
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