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  • Actors: Gene Hackman, Danny DeVito, Delroy Lindo, Sam Rockwell, Rebecca Pidgeon
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: March 12 2002
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars 89 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00005UQ9T
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,329 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Heist (DVD)

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This is Gene Hackman's character expounding on what exactly he plans to do in regards to the job at hand.And on its ear he puts it,not only to his fellow film characters but more especially to we the viewers.This Nov/2001 released film is what I would call a definite sleeper which I wish had gotten more exposure at the time,and which still stands up as one heck of a film.
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.
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If you're looking for an action movie with a lot of noise and a bunch of heroes with no brains, skip David Mamet's HEIST. It will disappoint you. But if you like movies with a point of view, movies you can rediscover every two or three years like a good book, buy this DVD which deserves to stay in any movie lover's library.
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.
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A thriller that never ends thickening the plot to a somewhat sickening level. There is always an extra-solution, an extra-development to the plan ? and the solution that comes next is never the last. In the end we cannot know the real outcome because a door is maybe open, or half open, and yet it is not quite there. One thing is sure, the gold is navigating from one place to the next and then to another to end up in the hands of those who deserve it. But is it the end ? We cannot say. And why should those who get the gold in the end deserve it ? We cannot tell.
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"Everybody needs money! That's why they call it money!"
-- 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.
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