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American Hustle (2013)

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A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild FBI agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia.

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A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that's as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving's unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment

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Everyone Hustles To Survive

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Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and brief violence | See all certifications »

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20 December 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

American Bullshit  »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$740,455 (USA) (15 December 2013)

Gross:

$150,117,807 (USA)
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Trivia

The infant that Jeremy Renner kisses on the hands while greeting people as the Mayor on the streets of Camden is a special cameo of Renner's newborn baby girl, Ava Berlin Renner, who was born during production. The woman holding Ava in the same scene is Ava's mother/Renner's girlfriend, Sonni Pacheco. David O. Russell asked Renner's mother to cameo in the scene as well, but she declined the offer. Sonni and Ava can be seen briefly in both the movie and in the first theatrical trailer for the film. See more »

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During the first confrontation between Rosenfield and DiMaso before they meet the mayor, the briefcase of money behind them is open. When DiMaso goes over to it, he clicks open the catches. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Richie DiMaso: What are you doing, going behind my back? Telling people I'm screwing up this operation? I got you a suite at the fucking Plaza Hotel.
Irving Rosenfeld: The shittiest suite at the Plaza Hotel.
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Dirty Work
Written by Walter Becker & Donald Fagen
Performed by Steely Dan
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Hustle in to see...
12 December 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

'American Hustle'. A amazingly entertaining and engaging experience. A successful (in my opinion) juxtaposition of art and entertainment. A wonderfully acted and directed film.

Full disclosure: I loved both 'The Fighter' and 'Silver Linings Play', plus the cast are some of my favourite actors working in motion pictures today. So, I went in with a bias and a high level of anticipation for this film. This can sometimes work against you as a viewer as your expectations are too higher and you are disappointed with the results.

I can say that I was not disappointed and absolutely loved the film. People take different experiences and sensibilities with them when they see movies, and mine led me to be engaged and empathetic towards the characters. Their story interested me and I came out of the cinema thoroughly enjoying myself.

My only criticism is that it felt it lacked a little something with story. After seeing the film I did read that a lot of the film was improvised and Christian Bale commented to David O'Russell that this would change the story. His response was that he cared about the characters more than the story (paraphrasing). On reflection this is evident as the characters and acting are first class.

I by no means acclaim this to be a perfect movie or the best movie ever made, but it worked for me. I loved it!


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