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Tower Heist (2011)

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When a group of hard-working guys find out they've fallen victim to their wealthy employer's Ponzi scheme, they conspire to rob his high-rise residence.

Director:

Brett Ratner

Writers:

Adam Cooper (story), Bill Collage (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Stiller ... Josh Kovaks
Eddie Murphy ... Slide
Casey Affleck ... Charlie
Alan Alda ... Arthur Shaw
Matthew Broderick ... Mr. Fitzhugh
Stephen McKinley Henderson ... Lester
Judd Hirsch ... Mr. Simon
Téa Leoni ... Special Agent Claire Denham
Michael Peña ... Enrique Dev'Reaux
Gabourey Sidibe ... Odessa
Nina Arianda ... Miss Iovenko
Marcia Jean Kurtz ... Rose
Juan Carlos Hernández ... Manuel
Harry O'Reilly Harry O'Reilly ... Special Agent Dansk
Peter Van Wagner ... Marty Klein Esq.
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Storyline

Josh Kovaks is the manager of a high-rise condominium in New York. He is close to all the tenants, especially financier Arthur Shaw. One day Shaw is arrested by the FBI for fraud. Josh thinks it's a misunderstanding that can be resolved, but later he learns that the employees' pension fund - which he asked Shaw to handle - is gone. When one of the employees tries to kill himself, Josh's views of Shaw change. He goes to see him and loses his temper, and his job. The FBI agent in charge tells him that Shaw might walk, and recovering the pension fund is unlikely. She tells him that it's been rumored that Shaw has $20 million lying around if he needs it in a hurry. Josh thinks he knows where it is, so with two other fired employees and an evicted tenant, they set out to get into Shaw's penthouse to get the money. But they realize they need the assistance of someone who knows how to steal, so Josh asks an old acquaintance named Slide who he knows is a thief to help them. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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It's not just a robbery. It's payback. See more »

Genres:

Action | Comedy | Crime

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Rated PG-13 for language and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Chinese

Release Date:

4 November 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Trump Heist See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$75,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,025,190, 6 November 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$78,046,570

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$152,930,623
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Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During the building lockdown scene, the security guard is reading the November 2009 issue of Playboy Magazine, for which director Brett Ratner shot a pictorial that featured his then-girlfriend Alina Puscau. See more »

Goofs

When Ms. Iovenko receives the front grill of the Ferrari, it has a different shape from the grill when it is on the car. When seen on the car, the grill has 12 vertical bars and 5 horizontal. The one she receives has 10 verticals and 3 horizontals. See more »

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[from trailer]
Cole Howard: I'm thinking of becoming a male prostitute...
Josh Kovacs: I think I might have a better idea.
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Connections

Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.27 (2011) See more »

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El Africano
Written by Wilfrido Vargas (as Wilfrido Martinez), Calixto Ochoa
Performed by Wilfrido Vargas
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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entertaining and enjoyable
24 September 2015 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Casey Affleck, Alan Alda, Matthew Broderick, Judd Hirsch, Tea Leoni, Stephen Henderson, and Gabourey Sidibe star in "Tower Heist" from 2011.

It's a caper movie, and it's a light and fun one. Stiller as Josh Kovaks manages an exclusive apartment building, The Tower (like Trump Towers). He finds out that he and the other employees have fallen victim to a Ponzi scheme orchestrated by a tenant, Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda). After Josh nearly destroys the incredibly expensive car that Shaw has on display in his apartment, he and everyone else are fired.

Determined to take Shaw down, they learn that he kept about $20 million mad money and decide it's in his safe. They decide to rob him. Kovaks recruits a thief he knows, Slide (Eddie Murphy) to help. Meanwhile, the FBI, in the person of Tea Leoni, has arrested Shaw but it looks as if they might have to drop the charges.

Caper movies seem to be a dime a dozen these days, but there's always room for one more good one. The cast here is super talented and while it's not the most original script, there are some fun things in it.

Matthew Broderick, Gabourey Sidibe, and Eddie Murphy are especially funny. It's a shame Eddie Murphy's career took a nose dive; he's no less talented than he used to be.

With the Macy's Day Parade, particularly Snoopy in the background, Matthew Broderick hanging by a rope, Gabourey Sidibe running her trolley into a guard and knocking him out, you'll have a good time. Just don't expect Citizen Kane.


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