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The story starts out with some seemingly unrelated business involving Joe(Hackman)out for some innocent hunting,taking notes of some kind and walking away.The scene then switches to the big city where Joe and his crew Bobby(Delroy Lindo),Pinky(Ricky Jay)and Fran(Rebecca Pidgeon)are all heavily involved in quite the complicated upscale jewelery store heist.Once inside the store a snag occurs when one of the employees has failed to be pre-drugged and is up walking around.Joe must Tazer her but in the process he is caught on the security cameras.While his buddies go to work getting the goods Joe desperately tries to gain access to the locked security hardware but fails.
Now facially tagged by the police he believes he must retire out of the business.When he brings the goods to his fence Mickey(Danny Devito),Mickey takes advantage of the situation to bring him back for one more job;to rob a Swiss plane of its gold.Having no choice this is about when Joe says he will stand the job on its ear and we watch as Joe's plan unfolds;using sleight of hand as his play book.As an insurance policy Mickey sends his nephew Jimmy(Sam Rockwell)along as his eyes and ears to see nothing goes awry.During a preliminary set up of the inital plan an "argument" breaks out between all of the conspirators and a seeming break up occurs between Joe and Bobby because of Jimmy's sloppiness and naiveté.Read more ›
Nothing is gratuitous in HEIST, every scene has a meaning the viewer is asked to understand. So, apart of enjoying the story told by David Mamet, I've spent a lot of time, during the movie, wondering WHY the director has chosen not to show certain scenes that would have been obligatory with another director, WHY the movie is literally invaded by all kind of pipes from the first to the last scene, WHY Gene Hackman is smiling at the end of the movie and so on.
I admit it, I simply love the films that make me think, the films that keep me intellectually active. Such movies are hard to find nowadays so let's cherish them when we have this opportunity. Too bad though that the DVD presents no special extras. I would have greatly appreciated a Mamet's interview.
Dr Jacques COULARDEAU
-- Danny Devito, "Heist"
So explains Danny DeVito to Gene Hackman in a phone conversation in David Mamet's latest film, "Heist". The movie (available on Warner Brothers DVD) reminded me of just how much I enjoy going to the movies and watching the lights dim just as the picture begins to roll.
It begins with the vintage 50's logo and music of Warner Brothers (in black-and-white, no less) and we meet Joe (Gene Hackman), an aging crook who just wants to get out of the game before it's too late. He and his wife Fran (Rebecca Pidgeon) and his friends Bobby (Delroy Lindo) and "Pinky" (Ricky Jay) are pulling off what is to be a final stunning jewel-heist in the middle of the city and are bringing the loot to their fence (Danny DeVito).
It's only here that the first double-cross takes place and we learn that Joe's crew will only be paid half of what they were promised. Their fence has a final score to end all scores: he wants them to rob a cache of gold from a Swiss airliner.
The plans are all ready but Joe is sick of the life and just wants what he and his crew were owed. Eventually and reluctantly, Joe agrees to take the job and works out the details with his crew. Everything is set, the gang is all here, and it looks way too easy...
However, we are talking about a film written and directed by the modern-day master of suspense David Mamet and having said that, things are not easy.
This is a FINE film, a homage to past film-noir pieces with Hackman making a wonderful anti-hero in the best sense possible. His character is aging and doesn't want to do the job he is assigned. He tries to run from his fate but keeps getting pulled back into the fray.Read more ›
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A group of thieves rob a jewelry store. a guy wants them to do another job. At first they decline than decide to do it. double cross, double cross. Read morePublished 10 months ago by ellison
Nice movie , I have watched it several times, was slow arriving, but that's that, was wroth the wait.Published 16 months ago by kevin belanger
It was fairly boring, predictable with really crappy dialogue. In fact, I hardly remember anything else about it, though I saw it less than a month ago, because it was so... Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2013 by tara
this movie sucks. ending is predictable. the line about being as quiet as an ant pissing on cotton was ALMOST good. Reservoir Dogs--now there's a heist film!Published on June 1 2004 by V. Mejia
Unfortunately, HEIST, one of the best films in the crime genre, isn't better known and liked precisely because it is so intelligent and depends on characterization and dialogue for... Read morePublished on May 12 2004 by Totally Anonymous
"Heist" is, well, an heist movie like so many others. This one goes completely by the book and is uninspired at all levels. Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2004 by gonn1000
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