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American Hustle (2013)

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A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild F.B.I. Agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and the Mafia.

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David O. Russell
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christian Bale ... Irving Rosenfeld
Bradley Cooper ... Richie DiMaso
Amy Adams ... Sydney Prosser
Jeremy Renner ... Mayor Carmine Polito
Jennifer Lawrence ... Rosalyn Rosenfeld
Louis C.K. ... Stoddard Thorsen
Jack Huston ... Pete Musane
Michael Peña ... Paco Hernandez / Sheik Abdullah
Shea Whigham ... Carl Elway
Alessandro Nivola ... Anthony Amado
Elisabeth Röhm ... Dolly Polito (as Elisabeth Rohm)
Paul Herman ... Alfonse Simone
Saïd Taghmaoui ... Irv's Sheik Plant (as Said Taghmaoui)
Matthew Russell Matthew Russell ... Dominic Polito
Thomas Matthews ... Francis Polito
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Storyline

A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that's as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving's unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Everyone Hustles To Survive

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content and brief violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

20 December 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Bullshit See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$740,455, 15 December 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$150,117,807

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$251,171,807
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color | Black and White (surveillance footage)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

There are over two hundred visual effects shots in the film, most of which were comprised of removing modern cars and buildings on-location that weren't around in 1978 to 1980. See more »

Goofs

When Irving and Carmine are outside The Plaza Hotel you can clearly see the Bergdorf Goodman Men's Store across the street on the east side of Fifth Avenue. The Bergdorf Mens store did not move there until 1990. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Richie DiMaso: What are you doing, going behind my back? Telling people I'm screwing up this operation? I got you a suite at the fucking Plaza Hotel.
Irving Rosenfeld: The shittiest suite at the Plaza Hotel.
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Crazy Credits

The film opens with the late 1970s Columbia Pictures logo, as well as 70s-stylized logos for Atlas Entertainment and Annapurna Pictures. See more »


Soundtracks

White Rabbit
Written by Grace Slick (as Grace Wing Slick)
Lyric Adaptation Dawn Elder, Hanin Omar and Mark Batson
Performed by Mayssa Karaa
Produced by Mark Batson
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Don't get conned by the hype.
28 December 2013 | by ChrisSee all my reviews

I could not wait for this movie to end. It was a complete atrocity. The overly-indulgent, sloppy chaos amounted to nothing in terms of character or story. A vague lesson spoon-fed to the audience during the first 20 minutes is I'm guessing what is supposed to excuse the senseless and bumbling bore of a circus for the next 100.

I absolutely do not understand the praise of the acting in this film. I never bought into the actors as their roles, though, honestly, there was not much else holding it together for me. Was there a script? Was there a director??? The entire sad excuse for a film seemed to be the improvised work of the actors themselves contrived in a garage somewhere after a long night of drinking.

I never was really motivated to read into the movie, and I was never really fully engaged or entertained by the shallow antics, long-hanging scenes that go on way too long, or 70's retro-obsession. I'm not sure if I'm supposed to be mesmerized by watching makeup applied to Christian Bale's head or how cool walking into a 70's themed wardrobe would be. It seemed none of the actors could keep their accents. I would never label this as a comedy-- I did laugh from time to time because of how badly I wanted it to be over.

For a respectable story about individuals trying to reinvent themselves please see The Great Gatsby, The Departed, or The Town (and I'm sure there are many more).


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