A career jewel thief finds himself at tense odds with his longtime partner, a crime boss who sends his nephew to keep watch.

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David Mamet

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David Mamet

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Gene Hackman ... Joe Moore
Danny DeVito ... Mickey Bergman (as Danny Devito)
Delroy Lindo ... Bobby 'Bob' Blane
Sam Rockwell ... Jimmy Silk
Rebecca Pidgeon ... Fran Moore
Ricky Jay ... Don 'Pinky' Pincus
Patti LuPone ... Betty Croft (as Patti Lupone)
Alan Bilzerian Alan Bilzerian ... Fast Food Customer
Richard L. Friedman Richard L. Friedman ... Counterman
Robert Lussier Robert Lussier ... Fast Food Cook
Mark Camacho ... Jewelry Store Guard
Michelle Sweeney Michelle Sweeney ... Waitress
Elyzabeth Walling ... Jewelry Saleswoman
Mike Tsar ... Coffee Cart Man (as Mike Tsarouchas)
Jim Frangione Jim Frangione ... D.A. Freccia
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Joe Moore has a job he loves. He's a thief. His job goes sour when he gets caught on security camera tape. His fence, Bergman reneges on the money he's owed, and his wife may be betraying him with the fence's young lieutenant. Moore and his partner, Bobby Blane and their utility man, Pinky Pincus find themselves broke, betrayed, and blackmailed. Moore is forced to commit his crew to do one last big job.

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Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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The second of back to back films in which Patti LuPone and the last at the current time that she appeared in for David Mamet. "State And Main" which was released in 2000 would be their first collaboration. See more »

Goofs

During the first robbery, the people in the jewelry shop are supposed to have passed out because of the spiked capuccinos. But Joe notices that one lady, obviously very light headed and groggy, has started to wake up, like she had only momentarily passed out. This implies that she hasn't drank much of her capuccino, therefore only slightly sleepy. But we see that her coffee is still in the carrier box, with the lid on, unopened, so she hadn't drank any of it. See more »

Quotes

Bergman: Don't you want to hear my last words?
Joe Moore: I just did.
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The opening Warner Bros., Morgan Creek, and Franchise Pictures logos are in black and white. See more »

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How long IS a Chinaman's Name?
7 May 2006 | by tom-darwinSee all my reviews

It's hard to go wrong with a story about clever criminals who must worry not only about the authorities but about the treachery of other clever criminals. Master thief Joe (Hackman) decides to call it quits after a profitable jewel store robbery in which his unmasked face is caught on camera. Trouble is, he's already committed to another, bigger job--stealing a gold shipment from a Swiss freight plane--for his fence & paymaster Mickey (Devito). Mickey won't pay off for the jewel job until Joe does the "Swiss thing." The film's first big flaw is that the animosity between Joe & Mickey, who are apparently longtime friends & associates, is never explained enough to justify why they are so willing to stick it to one another. This is a problem because Hackman's character is supposed to occupy the moral high ground (always important when everybody's a criminal) but, in the story, comes across at least as treacherous as Devito's. Fine portrayals by Hackman & Devito cover up rather than diminish this flaw. From then on it's all one twist after another, not all of which twist without leaving open holes behind. Will Joe do the job and, if so, end up doing it the way Mickey wants? Does Joe's supercool, Impossible-Mission crew (Lindo, Jay & Pigeon) trust him & stick with him all the way? Is Mickey's brash young nephew & protégé Jimmy (Rockwell), whom Mickey sends to watch Joe, really as cluelessly macho as he seems? Joe's heist plans ("cute as a pailful of kittens") are too complicated to work unless His Honor Judge Murphy is too sleepy to enforce his law. But they provide a marvellous venue for Mamet to work the lost magic of Welles & Hitchcock: developing characters through interaction & dialog. The supporting cast carries most of this task & does it very well, particularly thieves Lindo, Rockwell & Jay. Jimmy's pushy questions to the other thieves are met by cool, obfuscating questions in reply ("How long's he been with that girl?" "How long is a Chinaman's name?"). Pigeon is suitably hard-edged for this taut film, but a lone actress surrounded by so many tough actors has to bring something extra to stand out. Though he'll probably be best remember for "Hoosiers," and with respects to DeNiro in films such as "Heat" & "The Score," Hackman is the most accomplished actor in films such as this, whether as a cop ("The French Connection"), a private-eye ("Night Moves"), a technician ("The Conversation," "Enemy of the State"), a spy ("Target") or even an attorney ("Under Suspicion"). He's the top master because he rarely fails to score, even in films with plot holes, weak premises & contradictions, with his strong & convincing characterizations, the almost insane passion that lurks just beneath his plain Midwestern veneer. Fine production values, understated but effective actions scenes & an above-average music score help Hackman & Co. make "Heist" a watchable rather than forgettable thriller. Enjoy the portrayals & action but don't think too much.


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Language:

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Release Date:

9 November 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Heist See more »

Filming Locations:

Mirabel, Québec, Canada See more »

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Budget:

$39,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,823,521, 11 November 2001

Gross USA:

$23,510,841

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,510,652
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