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Empire State -- Based on a true story, Dwayne Johnson stars as an NYPD detective trying to solve the biggest cash heist in U.S. history.
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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  (in credits order)

Liam Hemsworth ... Chris Potamitis

Michael Angarano ... Eddie

Dwayne Johnson ... Det. James Ransome

Paul Ben-Victor ... Tommy

Jerry Ferrara ... Jimmy the Greek

Greg Vrotsos ... Mike Dimitriu

Michael Rispoli ... Tony

Emma Roberts ... Nancy Michaelides

Nikki Reed ... Lizzette

Wayne Pére ... Williams
Craig Leydecker ... Chilewski

Shenae Grimes-Beech ... Eleni (as Shenae Grimes)

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)
Heather Rene Hutson ... Party goer at 80s dance scene (uncredited)

Eric Ian ... Ray (uncredited)
Mark Joyce ... N.Y. City Police Officer (uncredited)
Thomas J. Larsen ... Doctor (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)
Christina Michelle Williams ... Diner Girl (uncredited)

Tori Wolsefer ... Garden Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
Dito Montiel 
Writing credits
(WGA) (in alphabetical order)
Adam Mazer 

Produced by
Brandt Andersen .... executive producer
Ryan S. Black .... associate producer (as Ryan Black)
Martin Blencowe .... executive producer (as Martin Richard Blencowe)
Michael Blencowe .... executive producer
Barry Brooker .... executive producer
Remington Chase .... executive producer
Dama Claire .... co-producer
Randall Emmett .... producer
Ted Fox .... executive producer
George Furla .... producer
Gus Furla .... co-producer
Brett Granstaff .... executive producer
Brandon Grimes .... co-producer
Sandy Kyrkostas .... producer
Theo Kyrkostas .... associate producer
Corey Large .... executive producer
Stepan Martirosyan .... producer
Phillip Noorani .... associate producer
Vance Owen .... executive producer
Nicola Pearcey .... executive producer
Chris Potamitis .... co-producer
Jeff Rice .... executive producer
Elisa Salinas .... executive producer
William B. Steakley .... line producer (as William Steakley)
Mark Stewart .... producer
Stan Wertlieb .... executive producer
Michael P. Flannigan .... co-producer (uncredited)
Jason Gandhi .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
David Wittman 
Cinematography by
Dana Gonzales (director of photography)
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
Zackary Aymani .... construction coordinator
Adrianne Breaux .... art department intern
Michael Calabrese .... leadman
Michael P. Cantrell .... set dresser
Chris Craine .... art department assistant
Paulo DeFreitas Jr. .... storyboard artist
Eileen Dennehy .... prop assistant
Walter Dickerson .... set dresser
Guy Guidry .... set dresser
Michelle C. Harmon .... set designer
Alexa Kinigopoulos .... assistant property master
Ceilidh Knight .... art department 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
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
Ned Yousef .... stunt actor
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
Micah Eisenmann .... electrician: New York
Joe Engelbrecht .... additional grip
Kevin Fannon .... grip
Brigitte Faucheaux .... 24 frame playback operator
Brouke Franklin .... first assistant camera: 'c' camera
Kevin Gazdik .... gaffer
Dana Gonzales .... camera operator: "a" camera
Renaldo Jackson .... electrician
Tommy Kerwick Jr. .... key grip: New York
Steven Krul .... technocrane operator
Justin LeBlanc .... lighting technician
Bryce Marshall .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Michael Marzovilla .... gaffer: New York
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 .... electrician
Colin Scherr .... lighting technician
Bret Slife .... assistant camera
Derek Smith .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Zach Smithers .... electrician
Zach Smithers .... lighting technician
Mark Toups .... grip
Remi Tournois .... camera operator: b camera/steadicam
Remi Tournois .... steadicam operator
Allan Westbrook .... camera operator: 'c' camera
Jeremy Wren .... grip
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 .... 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
Don Breaux .... driver (as Don Breax)
Emanuel Brown .... driver
Steven Docherty .... picture car coordinator
David Frisch .... driver
Ron Guichard .... driver
Javier Jimenez .... driver
Barry Kerns .... driver
Danny Mortenson .... transportation coordinator
Kandace Mortenson .... transportation dispatcher
Jan Overson .... production driver
Raymond Slack .... driver
Andrea J. Songy .... driver
William Varnado .... driver (as William H. Varnado)
Shawn A. Wise .... driver (as Shawn Wise)
Chaz Smith .... precision driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Robert Abramoff .... production legal
Will Addison .... set production assistant intern (as William Addison)
Brooke Arata .... set production assistant intern
Giuseppe Ardizzone .... set production assistant: New York
James M. Arnold .... lead payroll accountant
Arusha Baker .... set production assistant: New York
Justin Begnaud .... financing provided by: Grosvenor Park
Benjamin Blankenship .... security: Mr. Johnson (as Ben Blankenship)
Brett Bodin .... video: electronic press kit
Mike Burns .... epk producer
Morey Butler .... armorer
Fulvia Cassarino .... representative: NBC Universal Archive
Remington Chase .... aerial coordinator
Remington Chase .... helicopter pilot
Jean-Paul Chreky .... script supervisor: New York
Andrew James Clemons .... location assistant
Jarred Coates .... behind-the-scenes
Jarred Coates .... electronic press kit
Maguy R. Cohen .... executive producer assistant (as Maguy J.B. Cohen)
Jennifer J. Collins .... script supervisor (as Jennifer Collins)
Jennifer J. Collins .... script supervisor
Grant Cramer .... production executive: Envision Entertainment
Jennifer Culicchia .... stand-in
Mark Curley .... assistant location manager: New York
Angel De La Vina .... set production assistant
Sid Deleon .... set medic
Zack Earl Edwards .... set production assistant (as Zack Edwards)
Nick Fistanic .... production assistant
Michael P. Flannigan .... head of physical production: Emmett/Furla Films
Samuel Foster .... set production assistant
Charlie French .... locations
Damon Michael Gordon .... location manager: New York (as Damon Gordon)
Matthew Gowan .... assistant: Mr. Montiel
Shane Grady .... stand-in: Liam Hemsworth
Justin Groetsch .... production coordinator
Natalie Haft .... intern
Andrea Hall .... intern
Abigail Hansen .... set production assistant: New York
Angus Harrison .... assistant: Mr. Hemsworth
Jerome Hawkins .... production assistant
Tru Hawkins .... set production assistant: New York
Deuce Hedrick .... assistant production coordinator
Matthew P. Higgins .... set production assistant intern
Jessica Housley .... representative: Getty Images
Momo Hsiao .... end titles (as Momo Yu-Wen Hsiao)
Ali Hubbard .... set intern
John Jabaley .... location manager
Karyn Jarmer .... caterer: New York
Jay Johnson .... title designer: main titles
Meg Alsfeld Kaul .... legal services: tax credit financing
Meg Alsfeld Kaul .... legal services: tax incentive financing
Joseph Keideth .... security: Mr. Johnson
Jerry Lambert .... production accountant (as Jerrold W. Lambert)
Drew Langhart .... interviewer: electronic press kit
Andre Le .... assistant locations manager
Sean Lynn .... chef
Jason Makman .... set production assistant: New York
Misty McClure .... set production assistant intern
Courtney Millman .... production assistant
Brian Fountain Murray .... location assistant: New York
James Nimmers .... key set production assistant
Jay Osterman .... assistant: Mr. Emmett and Mr. Furla
Wendi Poirrier .... interviewer: electronic press kit
Bradley Randall .... production assistant
Daniel Rbibo .... insurance services
Drew Ritson .... set production assistant: New York
Javier Rojas .... key craft service: New York
Kelly Safrit .... executive assistant: Mr. Johnson
Francine Segal .... dialect coach: Liam Hemsworth
Timothy C. Sullivan .... development executive: Emmett/Furla Films (as Tim Sullivan)
Jose Tejada .... parking coordinator: New York
Justin Trimm .... set production assistant
Ron Uribe .... assistant location manager
Ron Uribe .... location scout
Jessica Welch .... assistant: Mr. Emmett and Mr. Furla
Maurier Winston .... security coordinator: New York
Madisun Leigh .... assistant to executive producer (uncredited)
Madisun Leigh .... assistant: Grant Cramer (uncredited)
Austin Bedell .... the director wishes to thank: Underground Films (as Austin)
Richard Blencowe .... in loving memory of
Trevor Engelson .... the director wishes to thank: Underground Films (as Trevor)
Rayshawn Franklin .... the director wishes to thank: for kicking it at Asteroids
Russel Giacontere .... the producers wish to thank
Matthew Gowan .... the director wishes to thank
Justin Groetsch .... the producers wish to thank
Erin Haindle .... the producers wish to thank
Justin Holecek .... in loving memory of
Craig Kestel .... the director wishes to thank
Ceilidh Knight .... the producers wish to thank
Danielle Kraus .... the producers wish to thank
Alex Lanaux .... the producers wish to thank
Chris Lighty .... in loving memory of
David Manpearl .... the director wishes to thank
Ben Matheny .... the director wishes to thank
Courtney Millman .... the producers wish to thank
Emma Neville .... the producers wish to thank
John Parsons .... the producers wish to thank
Katie Marie Peters .... the director wishes to thank
Bradley Randall .... the producers wish to thank
Griffin Roberts .... the producers wish to thank
Graham Taylor .... the director wishes to thank

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Rated R for violence and pervasive language
94 min
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Anachronisms: In a shot of some elevated train tracks, we see mailboxes with the modern US Postal Service logo.See more »
Walterson:You'll be workin' nights here now.
Chris:What? Why?
Walterson:You gave those guys on the streets guns to shoot people who show up with other guns.
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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Uninspired performances in what could have been an interesting thriller, 4 September 2013
Author: estebangonzalez10 from Ecuador

"It's been reported that over 9 million dollars were taken in last night's heist."

Empire State surprisingly begins with a lot of promise. The beginning of the film sets the right mood and tone with an incredible 80's vibe bringing out some nostalgic memories. It had the right look and some interesting characters and the story is based on true events of one of the largest heists in American history. I thought I was going to enjoy this criminal thriller, but about half hour into the movie everything began to go downhill. Dwayne Johnson and Emma Roberts who were on the cover of the film are only supporting characters who get very little screen time. You begin to see characters come in and out of the story without any real purpose (Nikki Reed barely has a meaningless cameo in this). The true lead actors in Empire State are Liam Hemsworth and Michael Angarano, and their characters are portrayed in such a light that we are supposed to sympathize with these guys, but that never happens. Director, Dito Montiel (whose previous work include Fighting and The Son of No One both starring Channing Tatum), never manages to engage the audience with the film and it's disappointing because he had some talented actors and a great premise to work with. Overall the ending is probably the weakest and laziest part of the film after having a somewhat interesting buildup. The script was written by Emmy Award winning writer, Adam Mazer (You Don't Know Jack), and this is probably his weakest film. Montiel hasn't had much success in his films, but somehow he always manages to work with a high profile cast; if he doesn't do something different he is going to have a short career as a director.

The film is based on a true story about a heist that took place at Empire State armored truck company. Chris Potamitis (Liam Hemsworth) is a young kid who dreams of becoming a cop in order to help his family out. Unfortunately due to an incident that took place a few years ago with his best friend, Eddie (Michael Angarano), he is rejected by the Police Academy and is denied the test. Chris has to settle for working as a security guard at an armored truck company which doesn't pay much. To make matters worse, his partner is killed at a heist and the company doesn't pay the insurance for his family. Upset by this, Chris decides to steal a small amount of money from the company in order to help them out. He tells his friend Eddie about this and Eddie thinks it's a good idea to steal the millions of dollars that are stacked at this place with little security. Along with some other small time criminals, they plan to take it all, but they have to be careful because NYPD, James Ronsone (Dwayne Johnson) is hot on their trail. They will also have to watch out for the big mafia criminals who wouldn't appreciate a heist taking place in their area without their knowledge. Stealing the money might not be such an easy task as Eddie and Chris believe it to be.

Emma Roberts, Jerry Ferrara, Chris Diamantopoulos, and Michael Rispoli all play very small roles in this film. This is Dwight Johnson's fifth film of 2013 but this is by far his smallest and most forgettable role. Liam Hemsworth doesn't have what it takes to be a lead and so it was very hard to care for these characters and what was going on. The premise was promising, but somehow they couldn't create a decent criminal thriller that would engage the audience. It is a shame because this story could have been told so much better and some of the actors could have been used better. Overall I enjoyed the 80's vibe and the nostalgic feeling the first 30 minutes gave me reminding me of all the films I watched as a kid during that time. The last hour is so messy that it just ruined everything. The characters are completely one dimensional and cardboard copies and the film is completely predictable.

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