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½ June 26, 2016
watchable heist film
February 20, 2016
Siempre hay algo en Mamet que no acaba de convencerme, pero se ve bien y tal, aunque la acción que la ruede otro por dios.
January 29, 2016
WOW......WOW......WOW.....WOW......WHAT A MOVIE.......I HAVE JUST SEEN THIS MOVIE 4 THE 1ST TIME N THINK THAT THIS IS SUCH A GRIPPING MOVIE 2 WATCH.......ITS GOT A GOOD CAST OF ACTORS/ACTRESSES THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE......I think that gene Hackman, delroy lindo, sam Rockwell, Rebecca pidgeon, ricky jay, play good roles/parts throughout this movie......WARNING THIS MOVIE CONTAINS STROBE LIGHTNING EFFECTS THROUGHOUT SOME SCENES THROUGHOUT THIS MOVIE..........I think that danny DeVito was absolutely brilliant throughout this movie as he was just so funny throughout this movie........I think that the director of this drama/suspense/mystery movie had done a great job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie......I think that this is such a gripping move 2 watch.....I think that this is such a really thrilling/entertaining movie 2 watch, its got such a great soundtrack throughout this movie......




Release
Critical reception

According to Rotten Tomatoes, critical reaction for Heist was mixed to positive, with an overall 65% approval rating. The critical consensus summary was that "Heist didn't cover any new ground, but the cast and Mamet's expertise with witty banter make it worthwhile." On Metacritic, the film received a metascore of 66/100 based on 33 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews."

In his review for the Chicago Sun-Times, Roger Ebert said "Heist is the kind of caper movie that was made before special effects replaced wit, construction and intelligence. This movie is made out of fresh ingredients, not cake mix. Despite the twists of its plot, it is about its characters." He went on to praise Mamet's trademark verbal constructions, his restrained approach to on-screen gunplay, and the care that he takes in shaping the relationships between the principals.

Box office
In its opening weekend, the film opened at #5, it grossed $7,823,521 in 1,891 theaters in the United States and Canada. In total it had a worldwide gross of $28,510,652, significantly lower than the film's production budget of $39 million.
Home video
The film generated more than $72 million in home video rentals in the United States (significantly higher than the film's box office gross).




man I think that this is such a slick enjoyable movie 2 watch, its got such a brilliant cast throughout this movie.....its got such a fantastic story line throughout this movie, I think that this is such a brilliant enjoyable movie 2 watch with a great cast throughout this movie.......
½ January 2, 2016
This film was deplorable! The plot was stolen from the script! The true heist is paying ANYTHING for this movie!
September 3, 2015
Starts off alright, but honestly gets incredibly boring after a while, which for a suspense film is the kiss of death. Most of the characters are unremarkable and superfluous, and the story is clumsy to the point of confusion a lot of the time. As far as heist films go, this one isn't that great.
June 4, 2015
The performances elevate this past generic fare to slightly above average....I expected more from Mamet though.
May 12, 2015
With strong casting, but could do better without too many sub-plots going around...
May 5, 2015
Gene Hackman is awesome. Pure and simple. Believable in every role I've ever seen him in. Here he plays a down on his luck thief looking to get out of the business because his face was captured on video footage. He and his crew reluctantly agree to take on one more heist... Well acted, lots of twists. Plenty good.
April 12, 2015
Crappy heist film, well below average, not entertaining, daft ending. Avoid.

I bought it for Hackman but really it's a serious B movie.
August 28, 2014
"Heist" written and directed by David Mamet opens with the classic black and white Warner Brothers logo declaring its intention to be a modern day noire. It's the story of Joe "Gene Hackman", an older con artist desperate for one last job, big enough to retire on.
Joe, his younger spouse Fran "Rebecca Pidgeon", and his crew Bobby "Delroy Lindo" and Pinky "Ricky Jay" rob a jewelry store, complications ensue and Joe's identity is "blown". Joe now needs to fence the Jewels and head south. "Danny Devito" plays the fence who needs them to pull one last job. So begins the game. Twists, cons, and mysteries wrapped in riddles. Mamet tries to trick the audience resulting in many plot holes and predictable twists. The dialogue is sharp and the performances are solid. The climax is a stereotypical dockside shoot out.
Mamet is an award winning playwright and I think the FORM of theater is his strength. The mise-en-scene seems plain, almost boring in its set design; the colors and some lighting are dark, which is intended but it creates a "dull" feeling throughout.
The interiors have a lived-in feel without conveying that film noire vibe. Remember it was Mamet that invited such comparisons. The edit could have been tighter. The pacing is slow and drags into the final few twists. The pattern of Joe's plans imploding sets up the ending between Fran and Joe. Will Joe finally win?
It's not CONTENT that is the problem; the heists are interesting and the characters are developed well enough for the genre. "Heist" features several cons that are obvious in execution. Heist films and film noire are classic content. When done right they can be a lot of fun. "Heist" is far from a bad film. I just expected better from the talent involved.
August 4, 2014
Great movie, great cast, great time had.
June 13, 2014
"Heist" isn't an overly memorable film. It's reasonably enjoyable film as you're watching it, but you'll forget all about it relatively quickly once the credits roll.

All of this is a bit of a shame really, since this thriller stars the likes of Gene Hackman, Danny DeVito and Sam Rockwell and is directed by the usually solid David Mamet.

But the plot, which has a few twists and turns, just struggles to be very memorable at all.

Disappointing.
½ May 26, 2014
Half good, but it's just not possible to care about all the twists, or any of the characters
April 15, 2014
Heist (David Mamet, 2001)
[originally posted 26Nov2001]

Beware: if you go to see a David Mamet film expecting a linear time, you're going to have problems.

The mind that brought us the best con movie ever, House of Games, returns to the life of the small-time crook who wants to be big-time with just as much gusto as panache as before. Mantegna has been replaced with flavor du jour Gene Hackman, and former Mamet wife Lindsay Crouse has been replaced with present Mamet wife Rebecca Pidgeon, but otherwise, your small time con artists (Hackman, Pidgeon, Delroy Lindo, and Mamet regular Ricky Jay) are shooting for a brass ring well outside their sphere of influence. Nothing unusual. Mamet throws the monkeywrenches into the works in this one with a small-time mob boss (Danny DeVito) and his layabout nephew (Sam Rockwell, late of The Green Mile and Galaxy Quest); mob boss says that nephew must come along on the job, and crime ring leader agrees.

Complications ensue.

As usual with Mamet, there are many more layers than are let on at any given time. Crosses, double-crosses, and triple-crosses abound. Every character has an angle, and no one is to be trusted. Because of that, it's a movie that requires excessive attention to detail on the part of the viewer; this is likely to make the majority of the public ignore the film, but, like House of Games, it will develop a following among those who are willing to go back and watch movies four or five times to analyze everything that needs analyzed.

Wonderful. Easily one of the ten best of the year. ****
½ March 28, 2014
Nothing too groundbreaking, but it is a well done heist film and the cast sells the movie.
½ March 14, 2014
(46%)
The great(ish) cast aside, this is average with a capital A. Nothing is bad, the tension is there, there's some OK action, the direction/script is fine, but nothing is that memorable or fantastic. Worth a look for some mild entertainment and not much more.
February 13, 2014
I like David Mamet as far as he goes. The problem is that he's so bad at establishing setting in his films. I liked Spartan a lot more than I liked this, but, even in that, my problem is the lack of extras. Mamet's expertise is as a playwright, and that comes out in the fact that his scripts are always well-written, and his lead character is always strong. That works on a stage, but not so well on a screen. There are probably less than twenty actors in this movie. The result of this is that the film feels like it's in its own world instead of taking place in the real world. It's just not that good.
November 30, 2013
The movie is unbelievable with a capital LIE but the Mamet action and dialogue are so over the top it's hard to resist especially with the score
½ November 7, 2013
Extremely predictable.
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