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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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Nominated for 10 Oscars. Another 72 wins & 212 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Trivia

The film reunites four main cast members from David O. Russell's two previous movies: The Fighter (2010) and Silver Linings Playbook (2012). Two of these (Christian Bale and Amy Adams) appeared in The Fighter (2010), and were nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, and Best Actress in a Supporting Role, with Bale winning in his category. The other two (Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence) starred in Silver Linings Playbook (2012), and were nominated for Best Actor and Best Actress, with Lawrence winning in her category. In this film, all four were nominated again. However, they switched categories, as Bale and Adams were nominated for Best Actor and Best Actress, while Cooper and Lawrence were nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Best Actress in a Supporting Role. None of them won in his or her category, despite the film's ten Oscar nominations. See more »

Goofs

As the meeting between Victor Tellegio and the Sheik concludes, Tellegio tells Carmen that if they're serious, they'll transfer ten million dollars into an account and gestures with his hands. The camera angle changes and Tellegio repeats the same lines of dialogue with the same hand gestures but Tellegio's speech continues beyond what he said in the first shot, indicating it had been shot from two different cameras but not edited correctly. 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 »

Alternate Versions

The leaked Academy Awards DVDSCR had the following differences.
  • A line of alternate dialogue in a voice over.
  • A few digitally altered shots.
  • The scene where Irving and his wife arguing has been trimmed.
  • The scene immediately following that scene with Irving in the car is shorter as well.
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Connections

References Live and Let Die (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

How Can You Mend a Broken Heart
Written by Barry Gibb and Robin Gibb
Performed by The Bee Gees (as Bee Gees)
Courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Excellent, and refreshingly so
24 December 2013 | by go_titansSee all my reviews

I knew nothing about this film when we sat down in the cinema tonight to see it, so I had no expectations. But from the opening moments I found myself completely engaged by the acting, and interested in the characters straight away.

Christian Bale has not done much for me in recent years, but he was captivating in this, and in every single scene. His physical transformation into a slightly overweight conman with a bad comb-over was enhanced by his believable character portrayal, and I have renewed respect for him now as an actor that can be damn interesting to watch.

Bradley Cooper was brilliant, as was Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence, and Louis C.K.. There wasn't a single person that didn't pull their weight, and it makes the film's more-than-2-hour-length fly by.

There's not much in the way of physical action...in fact, I can't think of anything any action at all really...but the drama of the film is so well handled that action simply isn't necessary. Even the comedic moments were handled superbly.

I'd love to criticise something, cos no film is perfect, but this is a tough one to find fault with...maybe I would have left out Lawrence's dance scene when she mimed to Live and Let Die, cos it felt slightly at odds with the rest of the film in my opinion, but that's being seriously harsh.

So, to sum up, if you want a movie with top acting, big stars, brilliant dialogue, no over-the-top action and a well thought out story (with some historical truth mixed in), then this one is for you.

Trust me, you won't be sorry!


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