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American Hustle

Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
American Hustle
A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, American Hustle is the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld, who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso. DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that's as dangerous as it is enchanting. Carmine Polito is the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the cons and Feds. Irving's unpredictable wife Rosalyn could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down.
Copyright Date: ©2013
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE A
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 138 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
4 3/4 in., rda
digital, optical, surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, rda
widescreen (2.40:1), 24 fps, rda
laser optical, NTSC, rda
video file, DVD video, Region 1, rda


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Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper

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Dec 06, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

At the height of the Disco Era a pair of New York con artists have built a modest empire selling forged paintings and offering bogus loans to desperate men with questionable debts. Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale personifying sleazy chic with beer gut, coloured shades and the worst combover in filmdom) and Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams, a conflicted mix of bewildered naif and hungry predator) are also lovers much to the chagrin of Irving’s neurotic wife Rosalyn. It all comes crashing down however when the two are nabbed by FBI agent Richie DiMaso who makes them an offer they can’t refuse: either aid the Feds in nabbing a few corrupt low-level politicians or face lengthy prison sentences. It all seems pretty easy at first until things begin to go wrong: Richie starts to have feelings for Sydney; Irving develops a friendship with one of the targeted men; and Rosalyn dusts off her high heels and decides to make a few waves of her own. But when the overly ambitious DiMaso, already unhinged thanks to a violent temper and taste for cocaine, decides to widen his net to include a couple of high-ranking congressmen and a very dangerous mob boss, Irving and Sydney realize they must pull their biggest scam yet or else face consequences far worse than jail. Writer/director David O. Russell has fashioned a giddy yarn of cross and double-cross populated by fully fleshed clichés and presented with all the moral ambivalence of a sinister sitcom. He further embellishes things with a frantic editing style, a glorious soundtrack of old A.M. radio classics, and more kitsch than the 1975 Sears catalogue. However, although the story is very loosely based on the FBI’s Abscam Sting (an opening title card assures us that “some of this stuff actually happened”) his film is essentially all about appearances, lies, and bullshit. It’s about the many ways we con ourselves into seeing what we want to believe in order to satisfy our need for either money, love, or prestige. But the fact that he has taken a tired old Hollywood plot, gussied it up with some A-list performances and a brilliantly sardonic script (partly improvised), and then marketed it as an Oscar contender may be the biggest hustle of all. Sir, I salute you!

Dec 05, 2014
  • Blackjack4 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great movie. Excellent acting, amazing costumes and good story line. The film captures that '70's vibe.' Soundtrack is good as well. Well cast. No actor in this film over powers the other, considering they are all major stars in their own right.

Dec 02, 2014
  • 1tarheel rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Yet another incredible period piece from the late '70s-early '80s ('Argo,' 'Dallas Buyers'). I'm glad those days are gone, but, wow, I've made some astounding visits recently. And cheaper than a time machine. An unreal cast telling a gigantically nutty story. Bradley Cooper comes from what planet?

Biggest waste of time in my personal opinion, it was practically three hours of random, unneeded scenes. Also, the dialog was so odd and unprofessional; the characters swore like middle schoolers: throwing the F work around in random places in a sentence. However, I must admit that they did prove a few good points through out the story line.....I guess it was an okay movie.

Nov 17, 2014
  • gurujr rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very well done character driven piece centering around the ABSCAM investigation in the 70s. Movie delved pretty deeply into the wide ranging characters in the movie. Wants and needs are definitely explained throughout. Though based on real characters I'm sure lots of liberties were taken in their portrayal. Overall, you care about these characters in the movie which is a pretty good and rare thing for a movie to do these days.

Please do not assess fine on this item, I will return this on Monday Oct 27th.

Thank you,
Rahul Gatade

They blew their chance on this movie.
With all the talent and a great story and
the head long attempt at some artsy
dynamic turned out to be and ill conceived hodgepodge, a poorly glued together bunch of scenes. I admire the attempt, maybe too many cooks in the broth? Look elsewhere.

Sep 16, 2014
  • kendalliah rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Total disappointment based on the acclaim it received.

Aug 28, 2014
  • POLITICSOWNSUS rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

The highlight of this movie is a real life quote from Robert DeNiro's cameo exposing the truth to all the POLITICAL ZOMBIES aka average black people in real life that LOVE the RACISTS in real life so much they refuse to stop buying their stuff that they don't need and really don't want period.This movie is really a slick but blatant rip-off of earlier but much better films that i been seeing for almost 4 decades now,BUT I DIGRESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aug 20, 2014
  • rslade rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Not quite as dark as "The Wolf of Wall Street," but about the best that can be said is that it may have been one of the best of the really terribly crop of 2013 movies.

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Apr 16, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Irving Rosenfeld: ... You can fool yourself for just so long, that your next reinvention you better have your damn feet on the ground ... The art of survival, is a story that never ends ... Irving Rosenfeld: Did you ever have to find a way to survive and you knew your choices were bad, *but* you had to survive?

Apr 16, 2014
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Paco Hernandez: Yeah, I think the name of this operation is offensive. This whole thing is racist. What, ABSCAM? "Arab-scam"? It's racist! --- Irving Rosenfeld: When you are offered a favor or money, take the favor, not the money. Jesus said that, didn't he? ---- Sydney Prosser: [reluctantly realizing his angle] Everybody at the bottom crosses paths eventually in a pool of desperation and you're waiting for them...---Irving Rosenfeld: How about "we"?


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