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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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Enrique Dev’Reaux
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Miss Iovenko
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Rose
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Marty Klein, Esq.
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Storyline

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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4 November 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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Trivia

The signing on of Ben Stiller as the lead was instrumental in coaxing Eddie Murphy back to the project. See more »

Goofs

The 1912 chess game Shaw references while talking to Kovacs is a real game, although rather than playing it out as he claims, Levitsky resigned after Marshall moved his Queen, realizing checkmate was inevitable. Additionally, the term "Marshall Swindle" did not originate solely from that game, but rather from Frank Marshall's well known tactic of giving his opponent a seemingly decisive advantage, only to storm back out of nowhere to "swindle" them out of the victory. Another well known "Marshall Swindle" occurred in 1904. See more »

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Cole Howard: If anybody needs me, I'll be living in this box...
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During the end credits lists Judge Ramos as played by "Robert Downey Sr. (a prince)" See more »

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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.27 (2011) See more »

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Genius of Love
Written by Tom Tom Club
Performed by Tom Tom Club
Courtesy of Metered Music Inc. and
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from the Universal Music Enterprises and
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Recoreds Inc.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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" If you must steal something, do it in broad daylight "
3 October 2012 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Brett Rather directs this hilarious story of Josh Kovaks (Ben Stiller) an uptown high rise apartment, manager who's principal tenant is Arthur Shaw, an unscrupulous multi-millionaire (Alan Alda). Greedy, callous and artificially sympathetic the rich guy attempts to flee the country, but is thwarted by the U.S. government which arrests him for securities fraud and tax-evasion. Although the F.B.I. is holding him, they are unable to recover his hidden fortune, which is closer than anyone imagines. When Kovac's discovers his hotel employees are also victims of Shaw's schemes, he assembles an amateur group of would-be thieves with the task of stealing from the rich and giving back to the poor, not realizing the difficulty of designing an elaborate robbery. With top actors like Eddie Murphy, Casey Affleck and Matthew Broderick the film becomes a comedic romp through uptown New York during the annual Macy's Day Parade. A good film, but one wonders if this movie isn't just another version of 'Ocean's Eleven.' All in all, it's still a fun time at the theater. ****


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