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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) »


It's not just a robbery. It's payback. 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?


Of the stars, Eddie Murphy, Alan Alda, Ben Stiller, Casey Affleck and Matthew Broderick have all previously directed movies. Indeed, with his cameo appearance at the beginning, Robert Downey Sr. makes that six directors in the cast list. See more »


Enriques says "Do you know how many weeks I'd have to work at the BK to make 20 million?" Mr Fitzhugh replies "18600". That makes the weekly wage of a Burger King worker $1075, which is obviously not the case. See more »


[from trailer]
Slide: A robbery can change very quickly. You have to be ready to adapt to the situation at any moment. Anything can happen. I was on a job a few days ago and my homie got shot in the face!
Josh Kovacs: If you get shot in the face, it's over.
Slide: If you get shot in your HEAD, it's over. If you get shot in your FACE, the bullet will go through your cheek and come out the other side! Then, what you gonna do?
Cole Howard: Die! We're all gonna die!
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References The Boys from Brazil (1978) See more »


Written by Edward Brigati, Felix Cavaliere
Performed by Booker T. & the M.G.s (as Booker T. & The MG's)
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Breezy and acceptable fluff
26 April 2012 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

"Tower Heist" is a movie that's never going to win awards. But if it's playing on your television during a rainy day, you will find it is an acceptable way to pass the time. And you'll find the movie has some positive features. Alan Alda makes for a good slimy villain, and Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, and Matthew Broderick (as well as their co-stars) make a likable bunch of people with a goal that you hope they will be able to reach. The actual heist has some unexpected twists as well as some genuine suspense. Certainly, the movie is not perfect. There are some parts of the movie when the movie seems to be missing footage, especially at the end where not all the plot points are resolved (though the two alternate endings on the DVD have this missing material that was for some reason removed from the theatrical print.) While I wouldn't say this is a movie to seek out, if you stumble upon the opportunity to see it, it will probably give you an acceptable amount of entertainment.

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