David Mamet takes this story of thieves along many twists and turns, some of which work and some of which don't. Gene Hackman plays the brilliant leader of a gang (Delroy Lindo, Ricky Jay & Rebecca Pigeon as Hackman's youngish wife), which pulls off complex heists for a despicable fence (Danny DeVito). After stiffing the gang on a jewelry robbery, DeVito forces the gang to go after a Swiss gold shipment and to use his nephew (Sam Rockwell) in the crime. No one trusts anyone and every step is shaded with the unexpected.Written by
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Production designer David Wasco's muted color scheme seeped through to the set dressing and props, as well as the sets themselves. "We were going for a restrained look," Wasco explained. "'Heist' is set in present day, but [writer-director] David [Mamet] likes to give a non-specific date to his movies. Even with the cars, we tried to go mostly with big 1970s and 1980s American cars, physically big with no bright colors." See more »
A shot of the PanGeneve 727 sitting on the "runway" during the gold heist clearly shows that it is sitting not on a runway, but on a taxiway instead. This is due to the edge lights shown being blue, which are taxiway lights. Runway edge lights are white for the majority of the runway, becoming alternating red and white, and finally solid red, as you approach the end. See more »
What do you say we stop for a drink?
It's a long road. Let's get to the meet.
Yeah, that's difficult. You want me to tell you why? There is no meet.
Joe wouldn't like that.
We left Joe at the airport. There is no meet, you know that. Your guy went out, got his picture on a postage stamp. He got old. Let's cut the shucking and the jiving. What kind of man sends you to me, sends his wife to me? To distract me? Oh, surprise, I was all taken in. How about that? What a fool I am. Would I do that to ...
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The opening Warner Bros., Morgan Creek, and Franchise Pictures logos are in black and white. See more »
Does exactly what it says on the tin, with perhaps a slight overload on the double-crosses and some surprisingly cringeworthy dialogue from such a practised ear:
"Everybody needs money - that's why they call it money" spouts Danny DeVito. Uh? Am I missing something or is this utter nonsense? Maybe it looked good on the page, but it stinks when it's out in the open.
Nowhere near as tight and entertaining as 'House Of Games' or 'The Spanish Prisoner', but then even an average Mamet thriller is worth a look.
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