American Hustle 2013

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The 1970s-set true story of a con artist and his partner in crime, who were forced to work with a federal agent to turn the tables on other cons, mobsters, and politicians - namely, the volatile mayor of impoverished Camden, New Jersey.

Starring:
Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

American Hustle [Ultra HD]

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 18 minutes
Starring Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams
Director David O. Russell
Genres Drama, Thriller
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 28 April 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 18 minutes
Starring Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams
Director David O. Russell
Genres Drama, Thriller
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 28 April 2014
Main languages English
Subtitles English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

Customer Reviews

3.1 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sam Tyler on 13 Nov. 2014
Format: DVD
Some films are noted for their action, other for their stories, whilst others still have a great central performance. The very special few will have all these elements and become a classic. ‘American Hustle’ is not that film. It has little action and a slightly confused story, but what it does have is four stellar performances in the guise of Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. These performances are at a level that you can forgive some of the film’s mistakes and instead embrace the elements that do work.

Based on a true story, ‘American Hustle’ discards any sort of reality in favour of an overblown portrayal of the 70s and even more overblown characters. It is almost as if director David O. Russell sketched out a general idea of what they were planning to do and shot the film anyway. This is certainly the case towards the end as a rather loose narrative begins to unravel into near enough nothing. In most cases, this would prove a real problem, but ‘American Hustle’ is not about the story, but about the characters.

It is here that the film really shines. You expect the likes of Bale and Adams to work well; they have Oscar nominations to spare. Of course you also have the wonderful Lawrence, proving once more that she can do drama or action; stick her in a film and watch her excel. The final of the four is Cooper, despite previous accolades I have not thought much of him, but as the sleazy FBI agent he is excellent. A charming facade soon breaks away to reveal something far less becoming.

The power of these four performances is plenty enough for you get swept away in the world of ‘American Hustle’. At times the lack of coherent story makes this film less like a movie and more a testament to a time and place.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By whitedragon on 9 July 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
America is as America does. Watching this was like a cross between Starsky and Hutch, LA Confidential and Goodfellas all rolled into one crazy movie, with a top soundtrack to boot. The look, style and feel of this movie alone is enough to suck you in and drag you by the hair through a hedge backwards. The comb over, perm and Elvis look are goofy too. It really is that crazy. But it's just so American it hurts. Sleazy, tacky, egotistical, narcissistic and totally manic.

But at the end of the day this is a comedy. There are 'drama' elements, but they take a back seat. American Hustle shouldn't be taken 'seriously', in the truest sense of the word. This is just a blast. We need to constantly realize what we are witnessing: Everything that is truly great, but screwed up about America. The land of the free gets taken for a ride by a duplicitous con man, who actually comes across as a deadpan but seemingly well intended, plausible character on the surface....

Jennifer Lawrence tops the charts as the dizzy blonde, semi-neurotic, trailer trash, bitter and embattled younger housewife with a deranged kid, whose been ensnared by (the same) over-weight, heart condition I need my pills, con man of a so called husband, one marvelous Christian Bale. Who must have put on at least three stone or more to play the part.

Then we have the smart, savvy, but equally duplicitous lush puppy, butter wouldn't melt, how can you not love me, Amy Adams, Bale's real partner in slime, I mean crime. While they are art wheeling and dealing and making a fortune they are caught by FBI agent in charge, the hilarious Brad Cooper, with his perm, who tries to use them to catch the alleged real criminals - the scheming public officials who have been paid off by mafia.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sofashopper on 2 Jun. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Yes the story is pretty good, and based on truth to whatever degree. And yes an amazing star cast with the calibre of acting you would expect from them. But I have seen films like this before (some of those were TV movies), this type of movie has been done to death.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Mar. 2014
Format: DVD
Have we been hustled by this film? At times I thought so, a little slow going at first, but then it interrupted into a fast paced film that brought excitement. The film was fashioned after the Abscam affair in the late 80's.

"Abscam--sometimes written ABSCAM--was a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) sting operation run from the Bureau's Hauppauge, Long Island, office[1] in the late 1970s and early '80s. The operation initially targeted trafficking in stolen property but was converted to a public corruption investigation. The FBI, aided by a convicted con-man, videotaped politicians as they were offered bribes by a fictional Middle Eastern sheik in return for various political favors. The investigation ultimately led to the conviction of a United States Senator, six members of the United States House of Representatives, one member of the New Jersey State Senate, members of the Philadelphia City Council, the Mayor of Camden, New Jersey, and an inspector for the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service." Wiki

Now we see how this entire affair went down, and what we have is a film with superb characters and acting. Christian Bale is the epitome of the com man, and with his intelligence, Amy Adams, good looks and brain, we have one heck of a scam. The FBI enters with Bradley Cooper as the leader of a group,looking for a couple of good arrests for a fame hungry leader. Jennifer Lawerence as Bale's wife knocks the ball out of the park with her role. Jeremy Renner as the mayor of a New Jersey city, always on the make for his city brings truth and life to his role. Every one in this film out did themselves, believable and so ironic. Can a con man con those in the law? Robert DeNiro plays the second in command of a Florida branch of the Mafia.
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