Tower Heist 2011

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When a group of hard working guys find out they've fallen victim to a wealthy business man's Ponzi scheme, they conspire to rob his high-rise residence.

Starring:
Téa Leoni,Eddie Murphy
Runtime:
1 hour, 40 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Action & Adventure, Crime, Comedy
Director Brett Ratner
Starring Téa Leoni, Eddie Murphy
Supporting actors Ben Stiller, Casey Affleck, Matthew Broderick, Tea Leoni, Gabourey Sidibe
Studio NBC Universal
BBFC rating Suitable for 12 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY on 24 Aug. 2013
Format: DVD
The movie opens with a fast paced electronic sound track. We see Alan Alda, Ben Stiller, and a street smart Eddie Murphy in the first few minutes. Early on we know the film is fast paced and clever. Just seeing Murphy revive his street smarts type person is worth the price of admission. Ben Stiller is Josh Kovacs. He runs a very high priced apartment tower with a large staff. He is dynamic and pays attention to details. Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda) is a financier and is one of the millionaire tenets who sits on the board of directors for the apartment building and runs their pension fund. Matthew Broderick plays Mr. Fitzhugh, who is currently broke and squatting in his over priced apartment..."If you want me, I'll be living in this box."

When Shaw gets arrested for fraud, Stiller has to break the news to his workers that their pension fund has been robbed. Shaw is placed on house arrest in said apartment building. Téa Leoni plays the tough FBI agent in charge of the Shaw case..."The last time I drank this much at a bar, I made out with a fireman."

After a vigilante moment, Stiller and two of his cohorts get fired. Thinking they won't be able to recover their money they devise a scheme to break into Shaw's apartment and rob him, but this group of misfits need a second story man...enter Eddie Murphy in his classic form. Now the real comedy starts. The safe is too complex for Murphy so they add Gabourey Sidibe to the gang. Of course things don't go as planned.

Clever, witty, fast paced. Good cast of characters with good chemistry. Everything a fun movie should be.

1 f-bomb, n-word, sex talk.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Albatross on 17 Jun. 2012
Format: DVD
Tower Heist is Ben Stiller's latest comedy where he plays the building manager of a New York high rise tower block. He regrettably invests him and his staff's pension money with a smooth-talking crook who lives in the top floor penthouse. Naturally, the crook wastes their money and they're left without a cent.

Therefore, Ben and a few other disgruntled employees, enlist the help of small time crook Eddie Murphy to break into the penthouse and steal back their money.

It's a decent enough premise and, again, all the cast to a decent enough job. There you have it - it's a decent film. Not quite funny enough to be a comedy through and through. Not quite dramatic enough to be a straight drama. It even throws in a bit of a high speed car chase into the mix to add an element of `action' into the genre.

It's a bit of a mixed bag. If you go into it without any expectations, you should find it an okay watch.

Not great, but not bad either. Fans of Stiller and Murphy should find extra things to enjoy about it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By j.r on 5 May 2013
Format: DVD
Tower Heist has a fun and original story and a very likeable cast. The cast includes Alan Alda as a rich business man who is arrested for dodgy financial deals. This eventually leads Ben Stiller to form a group that includes Eddie Murphy and Mathew Broderick to attempt to get into Alda's penthouse to try and get millions from a hidden safe. The film is mostly played quite straight but with some very funny lines and scenes, it is a comedy. Eddie Murphy has a great character that reminded me of how good he was in 48hrs and Trading Places, and it's great to see Alan Alda in a big Hollywood film, rather than just having a part in a Woody Allen film for instance. I think the film was fun viewing and could definitely be rewatched. Sadly it's not quite perfect and perhaps could have done with some slightly tighter editing, to keep the pace up.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. Solley on 16 Oct. 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I learnt a long time ago to not be put off by critic reviews as they are always based upon opinion.

This film was on my list, but not at the top so I waited until it appear on a deal (three blu-rays for £17).

Overall it's totally unbelievable, but enjoyable and the characters all bring presence to the story, although I thought Murphy and Broderick looked out of sorts throughout.

You can guess the ending half-way through, but worth a view if you can get it cheap like I did.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris on 10 Mar. 2014
Format: DVD
If you crossed Oceans Eleven with Die Hard then you might end up with something that looks like The Tower.

Essentially a heist film set in a high end residential apartment block in New York, the film is pretty non-stop with a blend of action and humour with a clever twist at the key moment.

Eddie Murphy is excellent in his role as a street crook brought into the team of Tower employees looking to recover their stolen pensions, and there are also strong performances from Ben Stiller and Alan Alda.

Utterly implausible of course, but great fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Call me Al TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Nov. 2014
Format: DVD
Alan Alda is superbly convincing as Arthur Shaw, an odious, vindictive, corrupt financier running a Ponzi scheme from his penthouse tower block apartment in Manhattan. Despite being arrested by the FBI he appears immune from prosecution. Ben Stiller (Josh Kovaks, the manager of that building, known as the Tower) is mortified when he realises that the pension fund money of the Tower employees he gave Shaw to invest is lost. A confrontation with Shaw results in Kovaks being sacked, and after being tipped off by an FBI agent that they suspect that Shaw has millions of dollars hidden in his apartment, decides to "storm the castle". Kovaks assembles a motley crew of misfits and using their insider knowledge of the Tower, plan and carry out a daring heist. Kovaks also enlists the help of a petty thief played by Eddie Murphy, back to his 48 Hours / Trading Places best. This is a film with many funny scenes and I laughed out loud on more than one occasion. Definitely one to watch again.
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