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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 F.B.I. Agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and the Mafia.

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Dolly Polito (as Elisabeth Rohm)
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Irv's Sheik Plant (as Said Taghmaoui)
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Storyline

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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Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

20 December 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

American Bullshit  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$740,455, 15 December 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$150,117,807

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$251,171,807
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Trivia

Once, while a guest on Stephen Merchant's show, Louis C.K. joked about the students in the audience on Inside the Actors Studio (1994), who ask famous actors for career advice: "It always occurs to me, you know, when an actor stands up, one of the people in the audience, 'I am an actor, what can I do' and asks Sean Penn or whomever 'what can I do to reach your level', you just want to say 'you will never be famous.'" Louis co-starred in this film with Bradley Cooper, who was not only one of those Actors Studio students in the audience in several episodes (including one featuring Robert De Niro, who was also in the film), but also specifically one of the students who asked Penn a question during his episode. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the movie are scenes with schoolkids wearing backpacks on the way to school, but school backpacks for kids were never in use during the 1970s. 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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An opening title card states, "Some of this actually happened." See more »

Connections

References Live and Let Die (1973) See more »

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Jeep's Blues
Written by Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges
Performed by Duke Ellington
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Disappointed beyond belief!
28 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

First of all David O. Russell is one of my favorite directors. I've enjoyed his films and absolutely loved "The Fighter" and "Flirting with Disaster". This film also boasts an incredibly talented cast including Christian Vale, Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams.

The problem is with the story, the film's pacing and length. Of course if I was enjoying the film the length would not be an issue. The film did not hold my interest and I was bored for most of it. I read that most of it is improvised, and I think this lead to it feeling very fragmented and disjointed. My mind drifted often and I checked my watch many, many times. What should have been a compelling, interesting movie was turned into a bore fest with several funny moments.

I am surprised at the overall extremely positive reviews and will watch it again when it is on cable but expect my reaction to be the same.


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