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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 Mafia.

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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

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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:

$740,455 (USA) (15 December 2013)

Gross:

$150,117,807 (USA)
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Trivia

David O. Russell stated that Robert De Niro didn't recognize Christian Bale on the set, even after they were introduced to each other. De Niro pulled Russell aside, pointed to Bale and asked who he was. First De Niro didn't believe it was Bale, but after Russell convinced him of that De Niro noted, "Wow, he looks really different", and nodded his head as a sign of approval. Russell then had to re-introduce the two, now that De Niro knew who Bale was. See more »

Goofs

When Irving reflects on his childhood with his father's glass business (1950s), the windows being shattered are made of safety/tempered glass (which crumbles into granular chunks). This type of glass was not in standard use until 1966 and when we flash forward to the '70s, Irving picks up a piece of broken glass that is not safety glass. 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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I Saw the Light
Written by Todd Rundgren
Performed by Todd Rundgren
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Disappointed beyond belief!
28 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

First of all David O. Russell is one of my favorite directors. I've enjoyed his films and absolutely loved "The Fighter" and "Flirting with Disaster". This film also boasts an incredibly talented cast including Christian Vale, Jeremy Renner and Amy Adams.

The problem is with the story, the film's pacing and length. Of course if I was enjoying the film the length would not be an issue. The film did not hold my interest and I was bored for most of it. I read that most of it is improvised, and I think this lead to it feeling very fragmented and disjointed. My mind drifted often and I checked my watch many, many times. What should have been a compelling, interesting movie was turned into a bore fest with several funny moments.

I am surprised at the overall extremely positive reviews and will watch it again when it is on cable but expect my reaction to be the same.


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