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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 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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

To perfect her Jamaican accent, Gabourey Sidibe used the services of three vocal coaches. See more »

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When Shaw returns to his penthouse after arrest and supposed arraignment, Agent Denham claims the FBI would be in charge of his custody, however, as a pre-trial detainee, Shaw would have been supervised by the US Marshalls, not an investigatory agency. See more »

Quotes

[from trailer]
Rick Malloy: We're gonna go to jail! We're gonna die! Probably both!
Josh Kovacs: Yes! Yes! Yes! Join me!
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References The Boys from Brazil (1978) See more »

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Written by Jeremy Sweet, Sean Vega and Amjad Albasel
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Average fare; will fade out your memory in minutes
12 November 2011 | by ssvikasSee all my reviews

Heist movies have hit the screens with regularity in every language and generation. You know how it all ends: the smart thieves get their booty despite all odds and twists. But, very few are actually smart and slick enough like an 'Italian Job' or an 'Oceans Eleven'. On a comparative rating, 'Tower Heist' doesn't even get close.

'The Tower' is a luxury high rise apartment (actually filmed at Trump International Hotel and Tower in Manhattan) where the hard working staff led by Josh Kovacs (Ben Stiller) make sure that its high profile tenants are pampered.

In the backdrop of difficult markets and people losing jobs including one of the Tower's tenants and Wall Street trader Mr. Fitzhugh (Matthew Broderick), FBI arrests the wealthiest tenant Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda).

Just then, Josh realizes that his pension along with that of his staff have been wiped out in Shaw's Ponzi scheme. To make matters worse, Josh and two others are fired for their outburst at Shaw. When the drunken FBI agent (Tea Leoni) reveals that Shaw could be having cash hoard in his penthouse, Josh resolves to steal it.

For all practical purposes, a film starring Ben Stiller cannot be an action flick. Thus, comedy is written into it. And Josh's conspirators aren't professional thieves, but a concierge, Charlie (Casey Affleck), an elevator operator, Enrique (Michael Pena), Fitzhugh and Odessa a cleaner (Gabourey Sidibe). So, they hire Slide, a small-time thief (Eddie Murphy) to teach them to do the job and Murphy adds a few laughs.

How the bunch of simple folk handle the heist forms the rest of the story. Contrary to other Heist flicks playing on the difficulty of the job or employ 'Mission Impossible' style technology or stylish actors, 'Tower Heist' tries to differentiate itself as a comedy where amateur thieves bungling up on something or the other. But, comedy is forced and feels as if someone is holding an 'Applause' or 'Laugh' board for the audience.

Going by the star power that 'Tower Heist' had, one would at least expect a decent comedy. But alas, such is not the case and you don't see concrete stuff till it gets to the end, which, in contrast to the rest of the movie is smartly written. Well, you won't mind watching it on Cable TV; but coughing up bucks for a movie ticket is a no-no.


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