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The Maiden Heist (2009)

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A comedy centered on three museum security guards who devise a plan to steal back the artworks to which they have become attached after they are transferred to another museum.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Roger Barlow
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Lead Villain
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Docent
Patricia B. Till ...
Rude Museum Patron
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Rose Barlow
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Donnie (as Bhavesh R. Patel)
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Curator
Philip Dorn Hebert ...
Needlebaum
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George McLendon
Jim Chiros ...
Sculptor
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Starving Artist
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Bob
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Warehouse Foreman
Anthony Cascio ...
Tony (as Anthony M. Cascio)
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Three middle-age guards learn that their museum has sold a wing of art to a Danish museum. Each has a favorite in that collection, and none can imagine life without the peace and completion it brings. Though mere acquaintances, they plot a theft of the three pieces between the time they are packed and the time they're loaded onto a plane. First each must obtain a forgery; then, they have to smuggle the forgeries into the museum and find a way to make the switches. The heist is complicated by Roger's intrusive wife - he's promised her a trip to Florida for their anniversary - and George's proclivity for taking his clothes off when standing in front of the warrior statue he loves. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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They're not bad guys. Just bad thieves.

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Comedy | Crime

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Rated PG-13 for some strong language, nudity and brief fantasy violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 July 2010 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

The Lonely Maiden  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)
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The script for the scene of George first stowing away in the crate ended where he gets back out of it. The remainder of the scene was ad-libbed by William H. Macy and Christopher Walken. Walken does indeed have arthritis in his hands. See more »

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During the conversation between Roger and his wife at the door of her room, the door changes between half open in the scenes shot from the hall, to wide open in the scenes shot from inside the room. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lead Villain: I sincerely apologize for disturbing your afternoon. If you relax, and stay calm, you will all be here alive. We have come only for the girl.
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Features Wheel of Fortune (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

The Halls of Montezuma
(aka "The Marines Hymn")
Music by Jacques Offenbach (uncredited)
Written by M.L. Lake (as Mayhew Lake)
Courtesy of APM Music LLC
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Good actors & a predictable storyline ... an innocent satirical comedy.
25 October 2009 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

This film has less to do with art than some might suggest. Rather, this great satire is centred on the ridicule of the modern man. Having rid himself of any history, cultural belief and, ultimately, of his identity, in the name of liberty, equality and multiculturalism while the superficial industrial regimes imposed their utilitarian philosophy during the last couple centuries, the meaninglessness of the modern man's life is ever so flagrant.

Peter Hewitt casts great actors to play the role of museum security guards who have spent the better part of their lives standing still. Each of these guards becomes attached to and finds meaning for his life in one of the pieces of art of the museum. However unexciting the main storyline might be, Hewitt uses the script to build this satire on so much realism that it makes for a good comedy.

If you are looking for a light and innocent comedy, can look past a couple stereotypes and predictable twists, than you might enjoy this movie.


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