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The Heist (1989)

Framed con-man seeks revenge by planning a racetrack heist.

Director:

Stuart Orme

Writers:

William Irish Jr. (story), William Irish Jr. (teleplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierce Brosnan ... Neil Skinner
Tom Skerritt ... Ebbet Berens
Wendy Hughes ... Sheila
Noble Willingham ... Stuckey
Tom Atkins ... Det. Leland
Robert Prosky ... Dancer
Stephen Apostolina ... Ramirez
Ben Mittleman Ben Mittleman ... Tall goon
Nino Surdo Nino Surdo ... Short goon
Shelton Redden Shelton Redden ... Cave
Roger Hewlett ... Durfee
Joseph Carberry ... Kelso
Chino 'Fats' Williams ... Fats
Art Frankel Art Frankel ... Wolscott
Andrew Barnicle Andrew Barnicle ... Draper
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Storyline

Neil Skinner, once a San Diego racetrack-security consultant, is now an ex-con who was framed by his ex-partner, Ebbet. Ebbet now controls track security as well as Neil's ex-girlfriend, Sheila. Neil now wants to revenge himself by stealing the day's take, and he enlists the help of several track regulars, including a janitor, a security guard, an and an ambulance driver. The money switches hands, cars chase each other over the Mexican border and back, and it's a struggle to see who will out-con whom. Written by Kathy Li

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He had four years to plan his revenge and one week to pull it off.

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Romance | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hei$t See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A TV movie made for the HBO network. See more »

Goofs

In the music credits, the song by the Gipsy Kings is listed as "A Mi Minerva" instead of "A Mi Manera" (the Spanish version of "My Way"). See more »

Quotes

Ebbet Berens: And you still say you didn't do it? Well then, if you spent four years in prison for something you didn't do, what does that say Neil?
Neil Skinner: I going to take you. You won't know where and you won't know when, but you'll feel me over your shoulder. You'll wake up in the middle of the night from a bad dream and you'll know I'm coming.
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Connections

Referenced in The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

A Mi Manera
(Comme d'Habitude)
Music by Claude François and Jacques Revaux
French lyrics by Gilles Thibaut
Performed by Gipsy Kings
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Pierce Brosnan, using brains not brawn, needs to take down a horse track and his crooked ex-partner
15 October 2001 | by delphiniSee all my reviews

If you liked THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR you'll probably like THE HEIST. In fact the last act of TTCA seems to be lifted directly from this. As it was released on HBO domestically and only made theaters oversees, it's an overlooked gem of a movie. A project worth studying if you're a writer attempting a heist picture, along with RIFFIFI(French), THE HOT ROCK, THIEF, THE GETAWAY and a few others. It's tone is fun and smart.

This is not heavy fair and had a limited budget. This is the opposite end of the spectrum from Mann's HEAT, but that doesn't make it any less enjoyable. It clearly falls under the cat & mouse category of heist projects as the hero attempts to simultaneously take down one last big score, win back the girl, and get revenge against his crooked ex-partner (Skerritt) who years earlier double crossed him, stole the girl and sent him to prison. The beauty of the film is everybody knows when and where our Hero is going to attempt his impossible score. They just don'


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