Heist

2001

Heist

Critics Consensus

Heist didn't cover any new ground, but the cast and Mamet's expertise with witty banter make it worthwhile.

66%

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Total Count: 129
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Joe Moore has a beautiful young wife, money owed to him and a job he loves. He's a thief. His job goes sour when he gets caught on security camera tape. His fence, Bergman, reneges on the money he's owed and his wife may be betraying him with the fence's young lieutenant. Moore, his partner Bobby Blane and their utility man, Pinky Pincus, find themselves broke, betrayed and blackmailed. Moore is forced to commit his crew to do Bergman's one last big job. Will Bergman shop Moore to the police? Will Moore's wife trade him in for a younger model? Will Blane and Pincus cut their losses and get out? Who is to be believed, who is to be betrayed? Won't someone who's lied once lie again? Who's going to walk away smiling and who's not going to walk at all?

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Cast

Gene Hackman
as Joe Moore
Delroy Lindo
as Bobby Blane
Sam Rockwell
as Jimmy Silk
Rebecca Pidgeon
as Fran Moore
Ricky Jay
as Don `Pinky' Pincus
Patti LuPone
as Betty Croft
Alan Bilzerian
as Fast Food Customer
Robert Lussier
as Fast Food Cook
Danny DeVito
as Bergman
Mark Camacho
as Jewelry Store Guard
Jim Frangione
as D.A. Freccia
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Critic Reviews for Heist

All Critics (129) | Top Critics (32)

  • I couldn't believe any of it on any level, though it could be described as 'fun.'

    Nov 29, 2001 | Full Review…

    Andrew Sarris

    Observer
    Top Critic
  • This cast is excellent. Heist, though, proves that enormously talented people can make a pretty lousy movie.

    Nov 27, 2001
  • The movie is super fun, even if some of its tricks seem to strain credulity.

    Nov 24, 2001 | Rating: 4.5/5
  • There's something offensive about how Mamet continues to win praise as a serious filmmaker with such a joyless picture, a picture that -- intentionally -- gives the audience so little.

    Nov 16, 2001 | Full Review…
  • Mamet's cerebral thriller is a joy to watch -- this is easily the director's toughest, grittiest drama to date.

    Nov 12, 2001 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

    Jamie Russell

    BBC.com
    Top Critic
  • A perfectly pleasurable ride.

    Nov 9, 2001 | Full Review…

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