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Heist (2002)

Gene Hackman , Danny De Vito , David Mamet  |  R |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gene Hackman, Danny De Vito, Delroy Lindo, Sam Rockwell, Rebecca Pidgeon
  • Directors: David Mamet
  • Writers: David Mamet
  • Producers: Tracee Stanley, Don Carmody, James Holt, Art Linson, Elie Samaha
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: March 12, 2002
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005UQ9T
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,799 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Gene Hackman plays the veteran ringleader of a gang of theives (Delroy Lindo, Ricky Jay and Rebecca Pigeon as Hackman's youngish wife) that pulls off complex heists for a despicable fence (Danny DeVito). After stiffing the gang on a jewelry robbery, DeVito forces the gang to go after a Swiss gold shipment and to use his son (Sam Rockwell) in the crime. Mistrust runs rampant as double-crosses threaten the split-second operation.

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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, cerebral entertainment January 12, 2002
This has definitely got to be one of the top films I have seen in the past year. I normally don't get interested in seeing movies that glorify crime or make the hero of the story someone who weilds a gun and steals things that don't belong to them, but this movie surpassed my expectations.
I am a fan of Gene Hackman, and I really enjoyed the entire cast, all of whom were aptly cast for this film... but the best actors, casting and story isn't enough if all the things aren't tied together well by the director.
Mamet should be proud. The film is forever dated as being pre-Sept. 11 as the big heist of the film takes place at an airport, but if your memory of how things were before 9/11 aren't too foggy already, you'll appreciate that this was a well conceived and even plausible plot.
The story assumes that the viewer is intelligent and does not insult logic or waste your time. There were a few plot twists I anticipated, but far more that I did not expect.
Some gun play and sexually suggestive scenes, but the real draw to this film at the cerebral level... this film will keep you enthralled as you try to figure out who is honest, who is a betrayer and who knows what's going on. You will be surprised many times during this film.
The language is at gutter level and simply is not suitable for kids... but this is an otherwise fantastic motion picture.
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32 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars See it...now! October 11, 2001
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I had the pleasure of seeing Heist on October 8th at the 24th Mill Valley Film Festival, when I had first seen the trailer for it I thought it had far to many cute lines and holywood lok to it. I was wrong, the film did contain plenty of not cute lines but smart funny lines that only added to the audiences enjoyement, the film has some hollywood aspects to it but it is a very well made hollywood film it does not neccesarlily keep you on the edge of your seat but the characters and plot twists keep the film great and enjoyable all the way until the end. It is hard to describe it without giving away to much, but Gene Hackman plays an aging thief who is very precise, tricky and smart in his work, Delroy Lindo is his partner and helps him carry out all of the 'jobs' they do. Each of these characters ar wonderfully played by the actors. Ricky Jay plays another memeber of thier team and deffenitely adds to the humor of the film, Danny DeVito plays a greedy, sleezy crime lord who is mutual with Gene Hackman on the love of gold and wealth, Rebbeca Pidgeon who plays Gene Hackmans girlfriend as well as a partner in crime also does well in showing uncertainty as to weather Gene Hackman is using her or not, Sam Rockwell plays Danny DeVitos nephew and a younger aspiring criminal who is requested by DeVito to be a part of Gene Hackmans team of thieves, this adds to the tention, because SAmis also a crminal in training. Overall Heist is probably Gene Hackmans best film since the Frenc Connection as well as one of the best crime films Hollywood has produced.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Con Is On! December 22, 2001
"My guy is so cool, when he goes to sleep, sheep count him." So says "Pinky" (Ricky Jay)as he describes his "boss", Joe Moore (Gene Hackman). The same thing can be said for "Heist". Here's a movie that has a razor-sharp script full if wit, style, and excitement. I think it's fair to say that David Mamet writes some of the best dialogue I've ever heard. It's a known fact that he uses a metronome in order to keep his dialogue to have a certain rhythm to it. There are so many great lines in this movie it's impossible to recite them all here. I would love it, if this movie got an Osacr nomination for it's screenplay. I honestly can't understand why so many people have been as harsh as they have been with this film. I think it's one of the best films of 2001! Everything seems so perfect in this movie. Who could ask for more from a heist movie. I mean, the directing is great. Mamet knows the genre very well. And has proven this with films like "House of Games", and "The Spanish Prisoner". His script as I said before is amazing. The acting by Gene Hackman is the tops. Here's a guy that is such an old pro he can take any role you give him and turn it into something great. This is not to say that the part of Joe Moore is uninteresting. It most certainly isn't! Danny De Vito is suprisingly good in this film. At first I thought, this guy is all wrong for this movie. The part he's playing is an old-fashion tough-guy villian. For the obvious reasons, this doesn't seem to fit De Vito, or so I thought. I have to admit, he is very entertaining to watch as well. Everyone it seems, has a problem with Rebecca Pidgeon. People tend to think that she's out of place in a Mamet film. Some think she delivers the lines wrong. Read more ›
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars House of Gold November 26, 2001
Heist (David Mamet, 2001)

Beware: if you go to see a David Mamet film expecting a linear time, you're going to have problems.

The mind that brought us the best con movie ever, _House of Games_, returns to the life of the small-time crook who wants to be big-time with just as much gusto as panache as before. Mantegna has been replace with flavor du jour Gene Hackman, and former Mamet wife Lindsay Crouse has been replaced with Mamet-wife du jour Rebecca Pidgeon, but otherwise, your small time con artists (Hackman, Pidgeon, Delroy Lindo, and Mamet regular Ricky Jay) are shooting for a brass ring well outside their sphere of influence. Nothing unusual. Mamet throws the monkeywrenches into the works in this one with a small-time mob boss (Danny DeVito) and his layabout nephew (Sam Rockwell, late of The Green Mile and Galaxy Quest); mob boss says that nephew must come along on the job, and crime ring leader agrees.

Complications ensue.

As usual with Mamet, there are many more layers than are let on at any given time. Crosses, double-crosses, and triple-crosses abound. Every character has an angle, and no one is to be trusted. Because of that, it's a movie that requires excessive attention to detail on the part of the viewer; this is likely to make the majority of the public ignore the film, but, like House of Games, it will develop a following among those who are willing to go back and watch movies four or five times to analyze everything that needs analyzed.

Wonderful. Easily one of the ten best of the year. ****
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars stimulating watch
Cant predict till the end. The ending makes it must watch. At times movie slows down a bit ,yet catches up the pace immediately to keep audience attention intact.
Published 3 days ago by karthikeya bandaru
1.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy
Considering the quality of actors involved in this laughably bad story, this is the worst movie I've ever seen

That being said, if you're looking for a high-humor... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Trevor C. Werner
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong Crime Sstory With Outstand Cast!
If you like Gene Hackman and respect his body of work, then this movie is just another example of that. The move is older but benefits by a strong story line. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Lorraine M. Jessee
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
Alittle short but great story and acting. Hackman does a fantastis character as always. If you dont own it or not seen it .Do so or add it to your collection. Read more
Published 1 month ago by paul k powell
5.0 out of 5 stars movie review.
This Gene Hackman movies has so many twists and turns. It was really funny seeing Danny Devito as a bad guy. If u like gene hackman movies u will like this one too.
Published 1 month ago by m. david allen
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best "heist" movies
Terrific acting, especially Gene Hackman and Delroy Lindo. I enjoyed Mamet's usual double crosses, triple crosses, quadruple crosses, and memorable dialogue. Read more
Published 1 month ago by FrankEP
4.0 out of 5 stars great movie
I thought this movie was excellent.I have always liked Gene Hackman as an actor.The cast in this movie also did a great job.
Published 2 months ago by Rodney Trentadue
3.0 out of 5 stars Dialog meh
Quite a good little caper movie, but for me the dialog was distracting. I know it is supposed to be Mamet's strength, and in many of his films it is, but here the words (and how... Read more
Published 2 months ago by L. Massaar
5.0 out of 5 stars My husband loves this movie!!!!!
My husband watched this movie when it was free on a trial basis our cable channel. So I decided to order it for him,then he can watch it without waiting for it to come on cable,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Donna Dampier
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Double Switch
Everyone of the really bad guys gets it in the end. Hackman is a clasic as a very bright, world wise crook. Dobles up evry one of his enemies and ends witrh a self satisfied grin.
Published 3 months ago by Herb Clark
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