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American Heist (2014)

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James owes his life to his older brother, Frankie after taking the rap for a crime they committed together. While Frankie served time, James worked to turn his life around, got a steady job and began courting his former girlfriend Emily. Now, Frankie is released and back on the streets with no money and no place to go.

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Sarik Andreasyan

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Raul Inglis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hayden Christensen ... James Kelly
Adrien Brody ... Frankie Kelly
Jordana Brewster ... Emily
Akon ... Sugar
Tory Kittles ... Ray
Luis Da Silva Jr. ... Spoonie
Lance E. Nichols ... Auto Shop Boss
John McConnell John McConnell ... Bank Manager
Joe Chrest ... (Police) Captain Sullivan
Aaron V. Williamson ... House
Rachel Bilson ... Eyewitness
Laura Cayouette ... Loan Officer
Carol Sutton ... Hostage Woman
Elena Sanchez ... Katie
Belinda Delgado Belinda Delgado ... Stripper
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James (Hayden Christensen) owes his life to his older brother, Frankie (Adrien Brody) after taking the rap for a crime they committed together. While Frankie served time, James worked to turn his life around, got a steady job and began courting his former girlfriend Emily (Jordana Brewster). Now, Frankie is released and back on the streets with no money and no place to go. He turns to his underworld connections (Akon) and convinces James to join him in hopes that one last job will be the solution to change both their lives. Written by Lionsgate

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Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, some sexual material and brief drug use. | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | Luxembourg

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Heist. Skok zycia. See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Hayden Christensen's first acting job in 4 years See more »

Goofs

During Emily's dispatch of the robbery, she says "Canal Street Savings". The plaque outside the building, and the signage inside the bank itself reads "NOLA Savings" See more »

Quotes

Ray: The banking institutions are more dangerous than the army.
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Connections

Remake of The St. Louis Bank Robbery (1959) See more »

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Performed by Akon featuring OG Boo Dirty
Written by Akon (as Aliaune "Akon" Thiam)
Co-Produced by Troels Nielsen for 808 Playtime and Ali "Platinum" Yousaf Music
Courtesy of Konlive Distribution
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Audience members walked out on this at Toronto
13 September 2014 | by TheQuietStormSee all my reviews

They complained how bad the movie was and they were right. I knew we were in trouble with that cheaply done title graphic in the beginning, which is odd because they obviously had a serious budget.

I think Adrien Brody was a poor choice for the role even though he gave a solid performance. We were supposed to believe he was this hardened criminal just released from prison. Fat chance, with those flamingo legs of his. And what seems like support for him given by some black thugs he knew from prison was nothing more than exploitation of his services, and his brother's (Hayden Christensen) talent with cars, in helping them rob a bank. And Christensen's character was just trying to keep his life on the clean side, working as a car mechanic. The brothers have a troubled relationship, making it one of the most bizarre reunions between family members in movie history.

The film further trudges along with this love story subplot between the straight-laced Christensen character and an old flame (Jordana Brewster) who happens to work for 9-1-1 dispatch. You see where this is going? Despite the efforts of Adrien Brody and Hayden Christensen, this is the worst film I have seen at the Toronto International Film Festival. It was a Heat (1995) wannabe written by an 11-year-old with limited awareness of reality and the human condition, and directed by an amateur. But none of this didn't prevent it from being bought for distribution immediately upon it's premiere.


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