American Hustle

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Riotously funny and impeccably cast, American Hustle compensates for its flaws with unbridled energy and some of David O. Russell's most irrepressibly vibrant direction.



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A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that's as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving's unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. Like David O. Russell's previous films, American Hustle defies genre, hinging on raw emotion, and life and death stakes. (c) Sony


Christian Bale
as Irving Rosenfeld
Bradley Cooper
as Richie DiMaso
Amy Adams
as Sydney Prosser
Jeremy Renner
as Carmine Polito
Jennifer Lawrence
as Rosalyn Rosenfeld
Louis C.K.
as Stoddard Thorsen
Jack Huston
as Pete Musane
Jack Jones
as Jazz Quartet Singer
Michael Peña
as Paco Hernandez/Sheik Abdullah
Shea Whigham
as Carl Elway
Alessandro Nivola
as Anthony Amado
Elisabeth Röhm
as Dolly Polito
Paul Herman
as Alfonse Simone
Saïd Taghmaoui
as Irv's Sheik Plant
Matthew Russell
as Dominic Polito
Thomas Matthews
as Francis Polito
Anthony Zerbe
as Senator Horton Mitchell
Steve Gagliastro
as Agent Schmidt
Chris Tarjan
as Agent Stock
Zachariah Supka
as Young Irv
Christy Scott Cashman
as Cosmo Interview Girl
Simon Hamlin
as Photographer
Dawn Olivieri
as Cosmo Girl
Jay Giannone
as Suburban Businessman
Arthur Birnbaum
as Queens Businessman
Rob Dininni
as Desperate Businessman
Michael Fennimore
as Car Salesman
Corbo Dante
as Danny Rosenfeld
Santino Corbo
as Danny Rosenfeld
Bo Cleary
as FBI Agent #1
Greg Maxwell
as FBI Agent #2
Mickey O'Keefe
as FBI Agent #3
Aaron Flanders
as Elway's Friend
Erica McDermott
as Carl Elway's Assistant
Alura Carbrey
as Elizabeth Polito
Kayla Feeney
as Lorna Polito
Shannon Halliday
as Doreen Polito
Patsy Meck
as Richie's Mother
Abby Lavin
as Richie's Girlfriend
Damien Di Paola
as Baron Owner
Paul Campbell
as Baron's Patron
Jeff Avigian
as Disco Dancer
Stacy Hock
as Girl Outside Stall
Michael Trigg
as Baron's Manager
Richard Heneks
as Al Kalowski
Ted Zalewski
as Carpenter
Elias Birnbaum
as Carpenter Apprentice
Armen Garo
as Dick Helsing
Sal DiMino
as Lou Salvano
Gary Craig
as Jerry Catone
Barry Primus
as Tellegio's Consigliere
Sonny Gordon
as Tellegio's Consigliere
Deva Mahal
as Funk Band Singer
Dicky Eklund Jr.
as Street Thug #1
Sean Eklund
as Street Thug #2
Charley Broderick
as Rep. John O'Connell
Richard Donnelly
as Rep. Sanders
Gary Zahakos
as Congressman Keshoygan
Frank Geraci
as Simone's Gang #1
Melson Alford
as Simone's Gang #2
Melissa McMeekin
as Simone's Gang #3
JJ Wright
as Divorce Lawyer
Bob Taraschi
as Rep. Stelford
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Critic Reviews for American Hustle

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  • Save your admiration for the performances, especially Lawrence, who is now Hollywood's most important presence in front of the camera.

    Jan 8, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It turns out that comb-overs, cleavage, cocaine and kookiness are an unbeatable combo.

    Jan 8, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Fun, charming, but slight - and way too long and flabby in the girth for such slightness.

    Jan 6, 2014
  • Director David O. Russell and co-writer Eric Warren Singer grab hold of the FBI's long-time Abscam sting (conducted in the late '70s into 1980) as their kernel of truth, then Jiffy Pop it like mad.

    Dec 20, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/4
  • Ambitious even as it studies, exploits and explodes ambition, "American Hustle" is as good as any American film this year. It's also a lot of fun. Don't miss it.

    Dec 20, 2013 | Rating: A | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • American Hustle is a movie built on that cornerstone of the American Dream, reinvention. If you're not happy with who you are, or who people think you are, then go ahead and become somebody else. Anything to survive - and thrive.

    Dec 20, 2013 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for American Hustle

  • Jul 26, 2016
    There are some genuinely funny and well written parts and all the actors are delivering the goods, yet I couldn't help but feel this could have been shorter, more on point. It requires quite some concentration during some parts to follow the details of the caper and the entire who is fooling who. Overall enjoyable, especially the use of music, but slightly overrated compared to Russell's other works.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Dec 08, 2015
    "American Hustle" is an amazing drama film of 2013. "American Hustle" has superb acting from "Christian Bale" and "Jennifer Lawrence". "Jeremy Renner" is a great actor, but in this film he didn't seem to be too believable for the most of this film. The plot to "American Hustle" is that a con artist named "Irving Rosenfeld" who gets caught by the FBI, after he gets caught he must work with the FBI to bring down the mafia to get a reduced sentence. The plot to the film is exciting and the ending is amazing. The dialogue in this film is great, there aren't too many annoying characters, some of the dialogue is funny. The music in "American Hustle" fits in with the scenes perfectly, the music is great for the drama in this film. I liked the way the movie was filmed. The camera man did a great job filming this movie. If you enjoy dramas' then I highly recommend you watch this film as it has superb acting, an amazing plot and great dialogue. I give "American Hustle" an 8.5/10.
    Steve G Super Reviewer
  • May 29, 2015
    Another big winner from one of cinema's finest current writer/directors in David O. Russell's mostly-true account of ABSCAM in which federal agents coerced a couple con artists into exposing corruption and backroom dealing that involved high-ranking politicians. Christian Bale is fantastic and nearly unrecognizable as the con man, while it's wonderful to see Silver Linings Playbook co-stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence reunited onscreen even if their scenes together are brief. Like that movie, this one also unfolds with the tasty precision of a well-crafted novel, and the plot twists in the final third are brilliantly conceived and wholly surprising.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 24, 2014
    "Some of this actually happened" set the stage up for me to give it a go. And it wasn't half as disappointing as I'd feared. Some of the parts felt overdone, but it's fine otherwise.
    familiar s Super Reviewer

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