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The Art of the Steal (2013)

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Crunch Calhoun, a semi-reformed art thief, agrees to get his old gang back together to pull off one last heist.



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Credited cast:
'Uncle' Paddy MacCarthy
Guy de Cornet
Interpol Agent Bick
Samuel Winter
Female Border Guard
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Durward Allan ...
Julius Friedman
Crunch Calhoun's cellmate
Van Der Beer


Crunch Calhoun (Kurt Russell), a third rate motorcycle daredevil and semi-reformed art thief, agrees to get back into the con game and pull off one final lucrative art theft with his untrustworthy brother, Nicky (Matt Dillon). Reassembling the old team, Crunch comes up with a plan to steal a priceless historical book, but the successful heist leads to another far riskier plan devised by Nicky. They fail to realize each other's separate agendas when their plan goes awry in this con movie about honor, revenge and the bonds of brotherhood. Written by Production

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It takes a great artist to pull off the perfect con


Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for language throughout including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 June 2014 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

The Fix  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$39,670 (USA) (14 March 2014)


$61,446 (USA) (21 March 2014)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Crunch tells Nicky that Francie is his apprentice, Nicky makes a comment about Crunch being a wizard. Jay Baruchel, who plays Francie, starred as a wizard's apprentice in The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010). See more »


The road signs mentioned are in fact Canadian, on Highway 401 leading out of Windsor, Ontario. See more »


Francie Tobin: Interpol? Fucking Interpol? I'm not going to fucking prison! I'm not cut out for that shit. Have you seen these fucking arms, man? These wet noodles will prevent very few prison rapes.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, the ice vendor with the slow business makes another appearance See more »


References The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010) See more »


Going Down to Tia Juana
Written by Andre Williams
Performed by Andre Williams
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This Doesn't Work
8 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Art thief Crunch (Kurt Russell) finishes up a 5.5-yr jail term in a Poland (yes, the country) Prison after being set up to take the fall by Nicky (Matt Dillon) his brother when an art heist went bad. He turns to stunt motorcycle riding. Nicky wants him to do one last job stealing the Saint James Bible. He agrees and gets his old team back together, but he doesn't trust Nicky.

Now you know that things are not going to go right and what can go wrong, will. You think I am talking about the story? No, I am talking about the dialogues and trying too hard to be humorous throughout. This just doesn't work. The premise is fine, but all falls apart when the actors open their mouths because trying too hard to be funny takes away from something that could have been entertaining. To put it mildly, things become annoying. Subtly was called for and this was the right call. Didn't happen.

I am not putting all the wrongs on Russell and Dillon. No, most of the supporting cast had many hands in this venture to make the heists funny. Too many.

The only good thing I found was Elvis Presley singing a song somewhere in the beginning and here Kurt Russell reminds us that he once played Elvis in a movie. He did, you know. Russell is a good actor along with Dillon, but in here nothing worked between them. It just seemed that too much was rushed trying to get to punch lines that didn't exist. See?

As expected the heist of the Bible goes good, but Nicky comes up with an idea to increase their takes using the same Bible. All agree to the new plan.

Also as expected, there are twists and turns and near the end and we get to see: THIS IS WHAT REALLY HAPPENED. Nothing new here. We kind of expected this to be the case. It would have been a surprise to us if this wasn't shown. But, at this point, we really didn't care. We never did. The dialogues, alleged funny lines fell flat. Again, subtly was called for. Didn't happen. (3/10)

Violence: Yes. Sex: No. Nudity: No. Language: Yes.

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