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Tower Heist (2011)

 -  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 a wealthy business man's Ponzi scheme, they conspire to rob his high-rise residence.

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Lester (as Stephen McKinley Henderson)
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Rose
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Marty Klein, Esq.
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Josh Kovacs is the manager of a residential apartment in New York. He is close to all the tenants, especially Arthur Shaw, a financier. 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. He loses his job. The FBI agent in charge of Shaw 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 employees who also lost their jobs 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 a guy he knows is a thief named Slide to help them. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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It's not just a robbery. It's payback. See more »

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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

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Trump Heist  »

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Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$78,009,155 (USA) (27 January 2012)
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The Ferrari Lusso used in many of the scenes is actually a heavily modified Volvo 1800. 2 were fabricated. Corroboration from the builder found on FerrariChat: "Hi, I'm Erich Schultz. I built the two replica Lussos for Tower Heist. I was hired by Ralph Lucci of Automobile Film Club of America, based in New York to do the job. Brett Ratner, the film's director wanted the job done by Ted Moser of Picture Car Warehouse in LA. Ted and I are friends so I told Ralph I would do the job with Ted and act as the project manager. Initially, we were given just seven weeks from getting the job to the final delivery date for two complete cars. I thought that this time frame was unrealistic and I needed ten weeks. We ended up taking eight and a half weeks from start to finish to build them. The decision to build onto a Volvo P1800 platform was mine. I noticed the similarity between the Lusso's windshield, A-pillar, and side windows with the P1800, which incidentally was designed in Italy. I used the P1800 as a platform for the Lusso mold plug. With the exception of the windshield frame, every surface and the overall dimensions of the P1800 were changed with metal work, MDF, urethane foam, fiberglass, and Bondo to transform it into a facsimile of the Lusso. Our replica is not identical in any way. We had to settle for very close. We did not have access to a real Lusso to get measurements or make plans or templates. I had a photo file of pictures that were downloaded from the internet and had to approximate everything by trying to scale dimensions from those photos." See more »

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When Enrique is looking for Josh's sister-in-law on the Q train to Brighton Beach, there is a board announcing the Z train to Broad Street/Jamacia Center. The Z train wouldn't be running on Thanksgiving; it only runs in peak direction during rush hour 5 days a week except holidays. See more »

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[from trailer]
Odessa Montero: First thing you gotta do, you gotta find the entry point. You gotta use your fingers, and you find the entry point.
[Slide looks at Odessa]
Odessa Montero: You married?
Slide: No, I ain't married. What's up?
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Mi Bomba Sono
Written by Silvestre Mendez Lopez
Performed by Tito Puente
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How to steal a Ferrari from the top floor of a condo tower.
24 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Tower Heist (2011)

A zany glitzy movie, not much of a true heist film, though also short of a spoof. Ben Stiller is predictably funny and holds this rag tag group of veterans together. With him, not for the first time, is Alan Alda as a very rich and sleazy business man (with a Ferrari in his penthouse apartment) and Tea Leoni as an FBI agent with a small (and temporary) thing for Stiller.

Stiller runs the upscale condo building, and has a large and loyal staff until it turns out that Alda has lost everyone's retirement money in bad investments and Still gets mad and gets canned.

That's just the start. To get even--and to find the millions he thinks Alda has has hidden in the flat--he gets together a funny assortment of unqualified friends to do a fancy heist. It gets zanier from there--and you do end up laughing and sometimes cringing at the mayhem.

What makes a movie like this "good" when it really has no great aspirations? Well, it's fast, well acted, well filmed, and has some funny lines. Yes, it's good. Is it memorable, does it try out new ideas, does it have something that makes you want to see it twice? No. Sometimes a movie of this type will pull off some scenes that are just so hilarious you have to see them again, or has such wonderful chemistry you want to spend time with the actors a second time. But not here.

But once, if you're in the mood, sure. Bret Ratner has made so many mediocre movies it's a wonder he still gets budgets to keep going. I guess the movies still make money, which says something about what the public really wants. The one with the best rating, "Red Dragon," I saw not long ago and thought it, like "Tower Heist," was watchable but that's all.

The real strength in this latest one is maybe Ben Stiller, and I find myself shocked to write it. He plays the same kind of character he always does, but I've come to like it (and him) more with each movie. If you like him, too, you'll enjoy this a lot.


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