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Den of Thieves (2018)

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A gritty crime saga which follows the lives of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff's Dept. and the state's most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank.

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Christian Gudegast

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gerard Butler ... 'Big Nick' O'Brien
Pablo Schreiber ... Ray Merrimen
O'Shea Jackson Jr. ... Donnie Wilson
50 Cent ... Enson Levoux (as Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson)
Meadow Williams ... Holly
Maurice Compte ... Benny 'Borracho' Magalon
Brian Van Holt ... Murph Connors
Evan Jones ... Bo 'Bosco' Ostroman
Mo McRae ... Gus Henderson
Kaiwi Lyman ... 'Tony Z' Zapata
Dawn Olivieri ... Debbie O'Brien
Eric Braeden ... Ziggy Zerhusen
Jordan Bridges ... Lobbin' Bob
Lewis Tan ... Secret Service Lobby Guard #1
Cooper Andrews ... Mack
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Storyline

A gritty L.A crime saga which follows the intersecting and often personally connected lives of an elite unit of the LA County Sheriff's Dept. and the state's most successful bank robbery crew as the outlaws plan a seemingly impossible heist on the Federal Reserve Bank of downtown Los Angeles. Written by STXfilms

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Taglines:

Dirty Jobs. Dirty Cops. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Polynesian

Release Date:

19 January 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den of Thieves See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,206,108, 21 January 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$44,947,622, 22 March 2018
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(unrated DVD)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The film was in development for roughly fourteen years, where director Christian Gudegast and a writing partner had a blind deal with New Line Cinema in 2003. The project was also later supposed to be distributed by the now-defunct Relativity Media at one point as well. See more »

Goofs

The city of Montebello has its own police department, LAPD wouldn't have jurisdiction. See more »

Quotes

Ray Merrimen: I ain't cuffin' up
'Big Nick' O'Brien: That's ok. I don't bring my cuffs anyway.
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Alternate Versions

German distributor Concorde chose to cut approx. 16 minutes from the movie to tighten the pace (removed were mostly family related scenes with Butler's character Nick). See more »


Soundtracks

Rheinische Lieder
Written by Peter Cornelius
Performed by Munich Beerfest Band
Courtesy of K-Tel Music Inc.
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A B-Movie Unaware it is a B-Movie
19 January 2018 | by fletcherc21See all my reviews

Den of Thieves is essentially a remake of Michael Mann's Heat, only Al Pacino and Robert De Niro are replaced by Gerard Butler and Pablo Schreiber. Round out the cast with a rapper and the son of a rapper and you have a tailor made B-movie that shouldn't take itself too seriously. At first, that is pretty much what you get, but then it slowly becomes clear that Den of Thieves is blissfully unaware that it is bad. There are several subplots that belong in a more serious movie that bloat the runtime up to a lengthy 2 hours and 20 minutes when it should be a full hour shorter. The script tries to get way too clever for its own good adding twists and turns that feel more ridiculous than enjoyable. First time director Christian Gudegast clearly demonstrates that his talents unfortunately lie elsewhere as he incorporates several shots that would feel heavy handed in even the most serious dramas.

On a positive note, the action sequences are fairly exciting even if it took an odd route to get there. The heist itself was the highlight of the movie and despite a few plot holes it played on screen about as well as any movie heists this side of the Ocean's trilogy. They were also able to recapture Heat's ambiguity as to who is the protagonist, though it was less through making both sides appealing and more through just wedging in that they all love their families.

If you are looking for a fun heist movie, then check out Netflix, because there are a lot of better ones out there than this.


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