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Empire State -- After failing to get into the police academy, Chris Potamitis (Liam Hemsworth), settles for a security guard job with the EMPIRE STATE Armored Truck Company.  Chris makes the mistake of mentioning the company’s lax security to his best friend, Eddie (Michael Angarano), and is soon unwittingly drawn into an elaborate scheme to rob the abundant amounts of cash being stored there - resulting in the largest cash heist in U.S. History.  As the stakes continue to rise, Chris and Eddie must outwit James Ransone (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), the veteran NYPD Detective that is hot on their trail, as well as the local crime bosses that want to know who pulled a job on their turf, or suffer the consequences.

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30 August 2013 (Taiwan) See more »
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Two childhood friends plan to rob an armored car depository. An NYPD officer stands in their way. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Middling account of real life events. There is a reason this went STD See more (39 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Liam Hemsworth ... Chris

Michael Angarano ... Eddie

Dwayne Johnson ... Detective Ransome

Paul Ben-Victor ... Tommy

Jerry Ferrara ... Jimmy the Greek

Greg Vrotsos ... Mike Dimitriu

Michael Rispoli ... Tony

Emma Roberts ... Nancy

Nikki Reed ... Lizzette

Wayne Pére ... Williams

Craig Leydecker ... Chilewski

Shenae Grimes ... Eleni

Sharon Angela ... Dina

Chris Diamantopoulos ... Spiro

Lucky Johnson ... Phil Johnson (as Kevin 'Lucky' Johnson)

James Ransone ... Agent Nugent

Gia Mantegna ... Vicky

Roger Guenveur Smith ... Agent Marichal

Manoli Ioannidis ... Demetrious (as Emmanuel Ioannidis)

Ray Gaspard ... Walterson
Alfred Sauchelli Jr. ... Boss

Lydia Hull ... Maria

Ned Yousef ... Columbian #1

Nito Larioza ... Columbian #2
Mikko Macchione ... Mr. Liakos

Angelic Zambrana ... Guidette Girl #1
Robert Ross Anderson II ... Little Boy (as Ross Anderson)

Robert 'Ross' Anderson ... Little Boy (as Ross Anderson)

Rob Boltin ... Reporter Anastos
Dan Triandiflou ... Rudy Giuliani

Tony Bentley ... Sam Wallace
Douglas Crosby ... Worker
Brent Phillip Henry ... Afro Man (as Brent Henry)
Michael Ortiz ... Masked Man

Bonnie Bentley ... Little Boy's Mother

Jesse Pruett ... Doorman

Ted Barba ... NYPD Cop Driver #1

Greg Rementer ... NYPD Cop Driver #2
Hunter Baxley ... Swat Team Driver

Taryn Terrell ... Hot Guidette #1

Tara Holt ... Hot Guidette #2
Megan Haley ... Club Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Isabella Amara ... Vicky (uncredited)
Jonathan Aaron Butler ... South Bronx Onlooker (uncredited)
Joseph Cintron ... NYPD Captain (uncredited)
Edward J. Clare ... Reporter (uncredited)

Karen Clark ... Karen (uncredited)

Duane Cothren ... NYPD Fireman (uncredited)
Jerry Esslinger Jr. ... FBI Agent (uncredited)
Nick Fistanic ... Greek Teen (uncredited)
Brandon Guttuso ... Paramedic (uncredited)

Eric Ian ... Ray (uncredited)
Mark Joyce ... N.Y. City Police Officer (uncredited)
Cynthia LeBlanc ... Greek Festival Greeter (uncredited)
Elton LeBlanc ... Greek Festival Attendee (uncredited)
Wanda Leigh ... Salon Receptionist (uncredited)

A.J. Leitell ... Greek Festival-goer (uncredited)
Gerard 'Jerry' Lewis ... NYPD Sniper (uncredited)
Jeffery Nowell ... Italian Mobster (uncredited)

Chris Potamitis ... Real Chris Potamitis (uncredited)
Eric Price ... Driver of a 1983 Datsun 280ZX (uncredited)

Philippe Radelet ... NYC Cop (uncredited)
Codie Rimmer ... Sweet Thang at the Disco (uncredited)

James Dean Smith ... Sleeping Guard (uncredited)

Jim Sojka ... NYPD Officer (uncredited)

Tre Tureaud ... South Bronx Onlooker (uncredited)
Jason Watson ... South Bronx Onlooker (uncredited)
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Directed by
Dito Montiel 
 
Writing credits
(WGA) (in alphabetical order)
Adam Mazer 

Produced by
Brandt Andersen .... executive producer
Ryan S. Black .... associate producer
Martin Blencowe .... executive producer
Michael Blencowe .... executive producer
Barry Brooker .... executive producer
Remington Chase .... executive producer
Randall Emmett .... producer
Michael P. Flannigan .... co-producer
Ted Fox .... executive producer
George Furla .... producer
Gus Furla .... co-producer
Jason Gandhi .... executive producer
Brett Granstaff .... executive producer
Brandon Grimes .... co-producer
Sandy Kyrkostas .... producer
Theo Kyrkostas .... associate producer
Corey Large .... executive producer
Stepan Martirosyan .... executive producer
Vance Owen .... executive producer
Nicola Pearcey .... executive producer
Chris Potamitis .... co-producer
Jeff Rice .... executive producer
William B. Steakley .... line producer
Mark Stewart .... producer
Stan Wertlieb .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
David Wittman 
 
Cinematography by
Dana Gonzales 
 
Film Editing by
Jake Pushinsky 
 
Casting by
Allison Estrin 
Paul Schnee 
 
Production Design by
Ethan Tobman 
 
Art Direction by
Javiera Varas 
 
Set Decoration by
Selina van den Brink 
 
Costume Design by
Abby O'Sullivan 
 
Makeup Department
Daina Daigle .... key hair stylist
Bailey Domke .... special makeup effects artist: Autonomous FX South
Adam Gaeta .... hair department head
Elvis Jones .... special makeup effects artist
Courtney Lether .... makeup department head
James MacKinnon .... personal makeup artist: Dwayne Johnson
Yolanda Mercadel .... hair stylist
Lucy O'Reilly .... additional makeup artist
Remi Savva .... key makeup artist
Rachel Solow .... barber: Dwayne Johnson
 
Production Management
Charlie Dibe .... production supervisor: second unit
Michael P. Flannigan .... executive in charge of production
Beau J. Genot .... post-production supervisor
Tracey Landon .... unit production manager
Michael J. Urann .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Urs Hirschbiegel .... first assistant director
Robert Lopez .... second assistant director
Kevin Lum .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Michael Calabrese .... leadman
Michael P. Cantrell .... set dresser
Chris Craine .... art department assistant
Paulo DeFreitas Jr. .... storyboard artist
Eileen Dennehy .... prop assistant
Michelle C. Harmon .... set designer
Alexa Kinigopoulos .... assistant property master
Ceilidh Knight .... art production assistant
Ernest J. Levron III .... set dresser
Jordan Lightner .... additional on-set dresser
Cynthia Nibler .... property master
Christine Rings .... art department intern
Bill Walters .... on-set dresser
Cary Whittaker .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Steven Avila .... sound effects editor
David Barber .... sound re-recording mixer
David Barber .... supervising sound editor
Jeff Blehr .... boom operator
Bryan Dembinski .... sound mixer: New York
Gonzalo Espinoza .... foley supervisor (as Gonzalo 'Bino' Espinoza)
Sean Gray .... sound effects editor
David Kitchens .... foley
David Kitchens .... sound supervisor
Peter D. Lago .... sound effects editor
B.J. Lehn .... sound mixer
Guillermo Pena-Tapia .... boom operator
Ben Zarai .... dialogue editor
 
Special Effects by
Scott Dwyer .... special effects foreman
 
Visual Effects by
Damian Drago .... visual effects artist
John Ross .... visual effects artist
 
Stunts
Justin Gant .... stunt double: Eddie
Walter Garcia .... stunt double: Afro Man
Lex D. Geddings .... stunt coordinator (as Lex Geddings)
Carl Anthony Nespoli .... stunt double: Tony
Dan B. Norris .... stunt double: Chris (as Daniel Norris)
Tanoai Reed .... stunt double: Ransone
Nito Larioza .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Michael Ortiz .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Greg Rementer .... stunts (uncredited)
Taryn Terrell .... stunt performer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Patrick Barnes .... technocrane operator
Chris Cavanaugh .... digital imaging technician
Chris Cavanaugh .... director of photography: second unit
Alex Clark .... camera operator: EPK
Bill Daimant .... a-dolly grip
Brandon Dauzat .... first assistant camera: additional camera
Steve Dietl .... still photographer
Joe Engelbrecht .... additional grip
Kevin Fannon .... grip
Brigitte Faucheaux .... 24 frame playback operator
Kevin Gazdik .... gaffer
Dana Gonzales .... camera operator: "a" camera
Tommy Kerwick Jr. .... key grip: New York
Steven Krul .... technocrane operator
Justin LeBlanc .... lighting technician
Bryce Marshall .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Jon McGinty .... lighting technician
Ian O'Neill .... dolly grip: New York
Keith Pokorski .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Brett Roedel .... digital loader
Brett Roedel .... digital utility
Colin Scherr .... lighting technician
Bret Slife .... assistant camera
Derek Smith .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Zach Smithers .... lighting technician
Remi Tournois .... camera operator: "b" camera
Remi Tournois .... steadicam operator
Casey Zimmerman .... electrician
 
Casting Department
Justin Coulter .... extras casting
Rich Delia .... casting associate
Michael Fredlund .... casting assistant
Tracy Kilpatrick .... casting
Adam Richards .... casting assistant
Jamie Jacobson .... child extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Frank Avanzo .... costumer: Mr. Johnson
Hannah Bollich .... costume assistant
Shareen Chehade .... costume supervisor
Kizzie Autumn Martin .... additional set costumer
Lauren Nicotera .... costume buyer
Gina Ruiz .... assistant costume designer
Gina Ruiz .... costume shopper
Gina Ruiz .... costume supervisor: NY
Katelyn Tyree .... costume shopper
Britany Viguerie .... key costumer
 
Editorial Department
Stacey England .... dailies technician
David B. Hall .... dailies supervisor
Taylor Mahony .... digital intermediate editor
Sebastian Perez-Burchard .... colorist
Anthony Smedile .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Mike Burns .... music supervisor
Micki Stern .... music clearance
 
Transportation Department
Kirk Baptiste .... driver
Mark L. Basler .... driver
Steven Docherty .... picture car coordinator
Danny Mortenson .... transportation coordinator
Kandace Mortenson .... transportation dispatcher
Chaz Smith .... precision driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Robert Abramoff .... production legal
William Addison .... set production assistant intern
Brooke Arata .... set production assistant intern
Giuseppe Ardizzone .... set production assistant: New York
James M. Arnold .... lead payroll accountant
Justin Begnaud .... financing provided by
Brett Bodin .... video: electronic press kit
Morey Butler .... armorer
Remington Chase .... aerial coordinator
Remington Chase .... helicopter pilot
Jean-Paul Chreky .... script supervisor: New York
Andrew James Clemons .... location assistant
Jarred Coates .... electronic press kit
Maguy J.B. Cohen .... executive producer assistant
Jennifer J. Collins .... script supervisor
Grant Cramer .... production executive: Envision Entertainment
Jennifer Culicchia .... stand-in
Angel De La Vina .... set production assistant
Zack Earl Edwards .... set production assistant: base camp
Nick Fistanic .... production assistant
Samuel Foster .... set production assistant
Charlie French .... locations
Damon Michael Gordon .... location manager: New York unit
Matthew Gowan .... assistant: Mr. Montiel
Shane Grady .... stand-in: Liam Hemsworth
Justin Groetsch .... production coordinator
Natalie Haft .... intern
Andrea Hall .... intern
Jerome Hawkins .... production assistant
Deuce Hedrick .... assistant production coordinator
Matthew P. Higgins .... set production assistant intern
Ali Hubbard .... set intern
John Jabaley .... location manager
Jerrold W. Lambert .... production accountant
Drew Langhart .... interviewer: electronic press kit
Andre Le .... assistant locations manager
Sean Lynn .... chef
Misty McClure .... set production assistant intern
Courtney Millman .... production assistant
James Nimmers .... key set production assistant
Jay William Osterman .... assistant to producer
Wendi Poirrier .... interviews: epk
Bradley Randall .... production assistant
Daniel Rbibo .... insurance services
Drew Ritson .... production assistant
Francine Segal .... dialect coach for Liam Hemsworth
Timothy C. Sullivan .... development executive
Ron Uribe .... assistant location manager
Ron Uribe .... location scout
Mark Curley .... assistant location manager: ny: NY (uncredited)
Madisun Leigh .... assistant to executive producer (uncredited)
Madisun Leigh .... assistant to production executive grant cramer (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Justin Groetsch .... special thanks
Craig Kestel .... special thanks
 

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Rated R for violence and pervasive language
Runtime:
94 min
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Trivia:
First film directed by Dito Montiel that doesn't feature Channing Tatum.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The story is taking place in the early 1980s (based on a real robbery that occurred in 1982) but the Armored vehicles used in the film are Ford F chassis that are too new for the time, having been 1995 or newer Fords.See more »
Quotes:
Detective Ransome:Eddie, Eddie, Eddie. Two questions for you, Eddie: where's Chris and where's the money?See more »
Movie Connections:
References Poltergeist (1982)See more »
Soundtrack:
La BomboyaSee more »

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Middling account of real life events. There is a reason this went STD, 11 October 2013
Author: callanvass from victoria b.c canada

(Credit IMDb) A drama centered on two childhood friends who plan to rob an armored car depository, and the NYPD officer who stands in their way.

I've seen a lot worse when it comes to STD movies, but this just wasn't all that interesting in the whole scheme of things. For a true story, you would think more effort would be necessary. My main problem with Empire State is how bland it is. It doesn't have that much action what so ever, and it lacks the emotional punch needed for a film of this magnitude, and the cast just simply isn't up for the challenge. I garnered no emotional stimulus between Chris (Liam Hemsworth) & Michael Angarano (Eddie) because not only did the film not make me care about their fates, but their performances were rather poor. Liam Hemsworth is not lead material, and made for a very boring lead. He also felt miscast, and forced in the lead role. Michael Angarano isn't much better. He grated my nerves with his wise-ass character, and I felt like smacking that smug look off his face. His chemistry with Hemsworth was off as well. Dwayne Johnson is criminally wasted in this movie as a detective. Whenever he appeared on screen, my interest level was raised significantly, but that was much too seldom for my liking. Dwayne has a gift when it comes to charisma, and the fact that he has such a small role here is incorrigible. He was far too good to have such a small part in this movie. Emma Roberts is barely in this movie, aside from a few pointless scenes. We get scattered clips in the beginning and the end of the real life events that took place, but it didn't matter much to me.

Final Thoughts: A rather mundane account of a true story. I'm not gonna tell you to avoid it, but don't expect riveting entertainment. It's not a very good movie, and it went straight to DVD for a reason.

4/10

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