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The Art of the Steal -- 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 comedy about honor, revenge and the bonds of brotherhood.


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Release Date:
20 June 2014 (Ireland) See more »
It takes a great artist to pull off the perfect con
Crunch Calhoun, a semi-reformed art thief, agrees to get his old gang back together to pull off one last heist. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Kurt Russell ... Crunch Calhoun

Matt Dillon ... Nicky Calhoun

Jay Baruchel ... Francie Tobin

Kenneth Welsh ... 'Uncle' Paddy MacCarthy

Chris Diamantopoulos ... Guy de Cornet

Katheryn Winnick ... Lola

Jason Jones ... Interpol Agent Bick

Terence Stamp ... Samuel Winter

Devon Bostick ... Ponch

Elle Downs ... Female Border Guard

Dax Ravina ... Sunny
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Durward Allan ... Julius Friedman

James Collins ... Crunch Calhoun's cellmate

Rob deLeeuw ... Van Der Beer

Karyn Dwyer ... Ginger
Christopher Dyson ... Ranking Officer

Jasmin Geljo ... Detective Brodowski

Vieslav Krystyan ... Detective Kumik

Maria Lerinman ... Belly dancer

Eugene Lipinski ... Bartkowiak
Scott McCrickard ... Beefy Man #1

Stephen McHattie ... Dirty Ernie

A.C. Peterson ... Reverend Herman Headly (as Alan C. Peterson)

Joe Pingue ... Carmen
Camilla Scott ... Olga Something-Long
Jon Steinberg ... Stoned Ice cream truck driver

Juan Carlos Velis ... The Construction Worker
Mike Wilmot ... Detroit Border Guard

K. Trevor Wilson ... Beefy Guy #2
Steven Lee Wright ... George
Kyle Hytonen ... Carnie (uncredited)

Sandy Kellerman ... (voice) (uncredited)
Ron Laugher ... Passerby (uncredited)
Michael McNaughton ... Carnie (uncredited)

Directed by
Jonathan Sobol 
Writing credits
Jonathan Sobol (written by)

Produced by
Leah Jaunzems .... associate producer
Marek Posival .... line producer
Jeff Sackman .... executive producer
Noah Segal .... executive producer
Mark Slone .... executive producer
Nicholas Tabarrok .... producer
Bob Weinstein .... executive producer
Original Music by
Grayson Matthews 
Cinematography by
Adam Swica 
Film Editing by
Geoff Ashenhurst 
Casting by
Stephanie Gorin (CAN casting)
Nancy Klopper (US casting)
Production Design by
Matthew Davies 
Art Direction by
Peter Emmink 
Costume Design by
Brenda Broer 
Makeup Department
Dennis Liddiard .... personal makeup artist to mr Russell
Traci Loader .... makeup department head
Josie Stewart .... hair department head
Production Management
Philip Stilman .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Cheyenne Byng .... assistant director
David Forsyth .... second assistant director
Alan Goluboff .... first assistant director
Judith Landale .... assistant director
Ben Marrello .... third assistant director
Pazz Neglia .... first assistant director
Art Department
Andra Fay Butler .... first assistant art director
Mary Kirkland .... lead dresser
Sound Department
Steve Baine .... foley artist
Scott Brewster .... LAS ADR recordist
Ofer Geva .... boom operator
Mark Gingras .... supervising sound editor
Katie Halliday .... sound effects editor
Sandy Kellerman .... loop group coordinator
Dale Lennon .... dialogue editor
Paul Lynch .... adr services
Colin McLellan .... re-recording mixer
Peter Persaud .... foley recordist
Tom Ryan .... adr mixer
Tom Slattery .... adr recordist
Adam Stein .... sound designer
Orest Sushko .... re-recording mixer
Robert Turi .... sound mixer
Paulette Victor-Lifton .... foreign language adr supervisor
David Yonson .... foley recordist
Special Effects by
Gordon Allen .... special effects technician
Derek Liscoumb .... special effects coordinator
Vimal Parmar .... special effects technician
Ron Shinder .... special effects key
Michele Sloss .... special effects key
Sean Wakfer .... special effects technician
Mark Wotton .... special effects technician
Visual Effects by
Ben Brommell .... junior compositor
Alon Isocianu .... vfx creative director: reactiv post
Michael Morey .... visual effects artist
Phil Prates .... digital compositor
Phil Prates .... digital matte painting
Chris Wallace .... digital intermediate colourist
Mihai Iliescu .... stunt double: Kurt Russel
Brayden Jones .... stunt performer
Jamie Jones .... stunt performer
John MacDonald .... stunt double: Dax Ravina
Petre Marin .... stunt performer (as Marin Petrica)
Christopher McGuire .... stunt coordinator
Doru Raceala .... stunt cars coordinator
Valentin Raileanu .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Andrei Cretan .... first assistant camera
Colin Hoult .... camera operator
Ben Levine .... digital media assistant
Chris Livingstone .... dolly grip
Gottfried Pflugbeil .... first assistant camera
Andrei Pirvulescu .... digital image technician assistant (romanian unit)
Craig Steele .... best boy grip (as John Craig Steele)
Scott Wales .... electrician
Ken Woroner .... still photographer
Casting Department
Hannah Cooper .... casting associate
Terrence Stone .... voice director
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Emily McHugh .... assistant costume designer
Tammie Moody .... wardrobe assistant
Anita K. Schapansky .... wardrobe supervisor
Robert Welsh .... specialty costume craftsperson
Editorial Department
Peter Armstrong .... digital intermediate producer
Drake Conrad .... dmt
Kevin Downer .... assistant digital intermediate editor
Heath Fashina .... assembly editor
Pietro Gallo .... on-line editor
Dave Muscat .... assistant digital intermediate editor
Graham Tucker .... first assistant editor
Adam Locke-Norton .... additional editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Samuel Bisson .... musician: cello
Igor Correia .... orchestrator
Robert Melamed .... composer: additional music
John Rowley .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Robert Arsenault .... transportation captain
Frank Riso .... transport security
Other crew
Cynthia Amsden .... unit publicist
Desmond Barnes .... key craft service
Daniel Baruela .... assistant to producer
Susan Bassett .... first assistant accountant
Hillary Bibicoff .... production counsel
Trevor Chartrand .... intern
Donald Colafranceschi .... assistant production coordinator
Jeff Garneau .... intern
Leslie Garza .... script editor: spanish version
Jannine Gaskin .... craft service
Louise Hall .... script supervisor
Jenna Hamilton .... production assistant
Dixie Kesebi .... production assistant
Peter Muldoon .... production accountant
Stephen Papadimitriou .... production coordinator
Jennifer Pun .... business affairs
Christopher Warre Smets .... documentary producer
David Steinberg .... legal services
Alan Sutton .... fire safety coordinator
Nikki Yee .... intern
Trevor Rotenberg .... producer assistant (uncredited)
Colin Brunton .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Fix" - Canada (working title), USA (alternative title)
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Rated R for language throughout including some sexual references
90 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA15+ | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Québec) | Germany:12 | Ireland:15A | Netherlands:12 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:15 | UK:15 | USA:R
Filming Locations:

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 »
Miscellaneous: In the beginning of the movie action in set in Warsaw but what we see is obviously Budapest with Danube and famous Chain Bridge (Széchenyi lánchíd).See more »
Crunch Calhoun:If you've got no trust, then what do you got?See more »
Movie Connections:
Chou ChouSee more »


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10 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
This Doesn't Work, 8 May 2014
Author: (bob-rutzel-1) from United States

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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