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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Irving Rosenfeld
... Richie DiMaso
... Sydney Prosser
... Mayor Carmine Polito
... Rosalyn Rosenfeld
... Stoddard Thorsen
... Pete Musane
... Paco Hernandez / Sheik Abdullah
... Carl Elway
... Anthony Amado
... Dolly Polito (as Elisabeth Rohm)
... Alfonse Simone
... Irv's Sheik Plant (as Said Taghmaoui)
Matthew Russell ... Dominic Polito
... 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

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Everyone Hustles To Survive

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Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

20 December 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

American Bullshit  »

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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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Trivia

Glimpses of the line dance sequence at Camden City Hall featuring Irving, Richie, Carmine, and Rosalyn from the deleted scene "Carmine On Stage Singing" appear in the film's trailers. See more »

Goofs

According to Christian Bale, much of the movie was improvised. So, during the shooting of the film, he noted to Writer and Director David O. Russell, "You realize that this is going to change the plot greatly down track." To which Russell replied, "Christian, I hate plots. I am all about characters, that's it." This 'technique' of Russell's caused the characters to hesitate at times when speaking and often created extended pauses or silence in the dialogue which gave the plot of the film a very amateurish 'feel' because of the improvisation. 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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There is no credit for Robert De Niro, but there is a credit for "Costumer to Mr. Tellegio". See more »

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Referenced in Chelsea Lately: Episode #8.7 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Don't Leave Me This Way
Written by Kenny Gamble (as Kenneth Gamble), Cary Gilbert & Leon Huff
Performed by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
Courtesy of Epic Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Prepare to get Hustled.
3 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

There are no spoilers in my review:

I have never been so disappointed in a film. With all the hype, I expected another House of Games (1987) or Grifter (1990) or maybe a hard edged drama like The Departed. Instead I saw a very boring film that had no idea what it was. Before I went in, I read that it was a drama. Others said a comedy. Others said a dark comedy. It attempted to be all of the above and succeeded at none. The movie was so boring, after 45 minutes I started to watch the reactions of the viewers around me in the packed theater. It was very telling and far more entertaining than the movie. Over and over, we would be presented a dramatic scene with deep consequences to the plot and to the characters that is then immediately followed by what was supposed to be a funny scene. For example, we have a deep complex scene of someone worried he is going to get killed at anytime. Well done writing and scene. You'll be invested. It's then IMMEDIATELY followed by a housewife cleaning her house while humorously singing and dancing to the song "Live & Let Die." Do you laugh? What just happened? At the very end of the scene when you realize the director is holding up the "laugh" sign, you uneasily chuckle- just a little. In another scene, you have a character do harm to his superior. The superior is beaten badly. Not only is the subordinate not punished, it's played for laughs. Not knowing what reaction I was supposed to have (laugh, cry, be concerned, be worried) actually made my stomach queasy - and I eat habaneros for breakfast! I said several times to the people I was with that this is boring and bad and made no sense. This is not well done. They all agreed. The ending and wrap up will leave you in awe at its lacking.

So much talent and potential wasted.


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