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HEIST

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Heist

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
111 minutes
Wide Release Date:
11/09/01
performer:
Danny DeVito, Gene Hackman, Delroy Lindo, Patti LuPone, Rebecca Pidgeon, Sam Rockwell
director:
David Mamet
distributor:
Warner Bros.
author:
David Mamet
genre:
Drama, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B+

In heist flicks, what is being stolen never matters as much as the style with which the deed — not to mention subsequent double, triple, and quadruple-reverse crosses — is done. Writer-director David Mamet understands this perfectly and has crafted a very entertaining, very macho thriller. Much has been made of his hepcat slang — e.g., ”I want you to be as quiet as an ant not even thinking about p — -ing on cotton” — but it’s Hackman as the dodgy codger ahead-of-’em-all that provides real pleasure. Remind us again: Why didn’t he get an Oscar nomination this year?