A father is without the means to pay for his daughter's medical treatment. As a last resort, he partners with a greedy co-worker to rob a casino. When things go awry they're forced to hijack a city bus.
Robert De Niro,
Jeffrey Dean Morgan,
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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The movie reunites cast members Gene Hackman, Danny DeVito and Delroy Lindo, who all appeared in the ensemble gangster comedy Get Shorty (1995). "It's always nice to rekindle friendships on movies", Hackman said of his 'Get Shorty' (1995) and 'Heist' (2001) co-stars. "Danny's a great guy and a great one to kid around, and when the camera is rolling, he's such an accomplished actor, it's fun to sit back and watch. And Delroy's a strong, dynamic actor, one you can play a scene with and know he's always there, always solid and he's wonderful to work with". Of Hackman, DeVito said: "I idolize the guy. I think he's a brilliant actor and always has been. All the work he's done has been exemplary." See more »
The boxes in the airplane containing the gold come from the "Bank of Geneva" and have the image of a bear. The animal of Geneva is the eagle, not the bear, which belongs to Berne, the Swiss capital. See more »
OK, you want to wrap it up? Or you want to just stand around here, try to guess my real name?
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The opening Warner Bros., Morgan Creek, and Franchise Pictures logos are in black and white. See more »
This movie has one twist too many. The actual heist is so complicated that the desired tension sags earlier than it should. Heist has nothing of the suspense of a Hitchcock thriller, and trying to outwit your opponent gets boring after a while when you start forgetting what it is all about. There are some nice scenes around the airport though, some memorable dialogue ("everybody needs money, that's why it's called money"), and it's always fun to watch great professionals like Hackman, Rockwell and DeVito. Mamet's stock actor Ricky Jay adds flavour to the movie as usual, Rebecca Pigeon's part was ungrateful to play and somehow superfluous.
Hackman and his boys are doing The Swiss Job. Some old and newer clichés of my country pop up, viewers here were amused. And, believe me, the Swiss are always pleased when someone across the Atlantic acknowledges their mere existence, in whatever way this is done. Well, I have to go now: It's time to wind up my cuckoo-clock and to put a second lock on my own private stash of gold bullions.
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