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American Hustle (2013)

Episode #154

Columbia Pictures released American Hustle on December 20, 2013. David O. Russell directed the film starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Bradley Cooper.

‘American Hustle’ Plot Summary

American Hustle takes place in 1978 with a brilliant con man named Irving Rosenfeld and his cunning British partner, Sydney Prosser, working for an intense FBI agent named Richie DiMaso. DiMaso introduces them into the world of powerful Jersey brokers and shadowy mafia members that’s as dangerous as it is alluring. Carmine Polito is a volatile New Jersey political operator who finds himself caught between the con-artists and Feds. Throw in Irving’s unpredictable wife, Rosalyn, and you have the makings of a secret sting that can come crashing down at any moment.

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Columbia Pictures released American Hustle on December 20, 2013. David O. Russell directed the film starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Bradley Cooper.

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3 years ago

I think it’s time Bobby made a list of all the actors he hates, there are so many:)

Funny you discussed how this film differs from real life events since it was nominated for best original screenplay. Never did get why people cared about that stuff(unless it was a biopic and relatives of the person were upset at the distorting of facts). When it came out, the filmmakers made it clear that this was mostly fiction.

I work in the industry and can confirm that Russell is a jerk. Met him at an awards banquet. But many directors are jerks, in some way you have to be to get a film made. Considering so many actors keep working with him(btw Patrick forgot Cooper was in Joy as well as Hustle and Silver Linings) guessing its not that big a deal.

3 years ago
Reply to  Eddie

I guess I tend to have strong opinions about specific people more than I should, whether it is personality, characterization, or just plain nepotism in Hollywood. I’m sure not everyone likes me either in this world and I have to be okay with that. 🙂

I like movies based on real-life events. Makes it more human instead of watching Marvel and expecting everyone can stop a bulletproof w their teeth. I do wish that if they do base it on the truth, more of the truth is in the story than isn’t. Screenwriting is a difficult medium to convey w so many people stirring the pot. This movie did a decent job of sticking closer to the facts than many others we’ve seen.

Glad to hear we weren’t off the mark w Russell but still makes me feel bad for the Amy Adams’ of the world taking the brunt of those cruel people in charge. Getting an award-worthy performance out of someone can’t be so difficult it takes bullying to get them there. I’m sure I’m just naive – or too hopeful people like Russell and our current president are dinosaurs soon to be extinct. 🙂

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