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Tower Heist (2011)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  4 November 2011 (USA)
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When a group of hard-working guys find out they've fallen victim to their wealthy employer's Ponzi scheme, they conspire to rob his high-rise residence.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Kovaks
Lester (as Stephen McKinley Henderson)
Enrique Dev'Reaux
Miss Iovenko
Harry O'Reilly ...
Special Agent Dansk
Marty Klein Esq.


Josh Kovaks is the manager of a high-rise condominium in New York. He is close to all the tenants, especially financier Arthur Shaw. One day Shaw is arrested by the FBI for fraud. Josh thinks it's a misunderstanding that can be resolved, but later he learns that the employees' pension fund - which he asked Shaw to handle - is gone. When one of the employees tries to kill himself, Josh's views of Shaw change. He goes to see him and loses his temper, and his job. The FBI agent in charge tells him that Shaw might walk, and recovering the pension fund is unlikely. She tells him that it's been rumored that Shaw has $20 million lying around if he needs it in a hurry. Josh thinks he knows where it is, so with two other fired employees and an evicted tenant, they set out to get into Shaw's penthouse to get the money. But they realize they need the assistance of someone who knows how to steal, so Josh asks an old acquaintance named Slide who he knows is a thief to help them. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Plot Keywords:

apartment | manager | fraud | fbi | heist | See All (104) »


Ordinary guys. An extraordinary robbery. See more »


Action | Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 November 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Trump Heist  »

Box Office


$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$24,025,190 (USA) (4 November 2011)


$78,009,155 (USA) (27 January 2012)

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Did You Know?


Noah Baumbach did re-writes specifically for the character Josh Kovaks, to suit Ben Stiller. See more »


When Josh and Slide are riding in the Nova, Josh tells Slide that the Chevy Nova didn't sell in Spanish-speaking countries because "Nova" means "doesn't go"; many know this "story" it is, in fact, an urban myth. See more »


Cole Howard: [to Devro] Devro, will you please remind Mr. Shaw?
Rick Malloy: [to Shaw] I'm very sorry, Mr. Shaw, but we don't accept tips at the tower.
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References Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) See more »


Hey, Look Me Over
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Written by Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh
Performed by LSU Tiger Marching Band
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Fun but a little flat
5 December 2011 | by (northern Indiana) – See all my reviews

Not as dull as its title suggests, but still somewhat flat caper flick. It has a consistent string of laughs, but never quite hits the heights. Brockerick's down-and-out businessman is a good start but lands few jokes, and the plotting seems to meander. Stiller is a highlight, and Affleck and Murphy are good solid, but Aldo is a standout.

With that much star power, you'd think the comedy would make itself, but the actors feel confined. Weirdly, I think the movie could have been better if it had foregone the heist and explored the Stiller character and his buttoned-down-but-flexible managerial style. More tower. Less heist.

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