American Hustle (2013)

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A con man, Irving Rosenfeld, along with his seductive partner Sydney Prosser, is forced to work for a wild F.B.I. Agent, Richie DiMaso, who pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and the Mafia.




  • Amy Adams in American Hustle (2013)
  • Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence in American Hustle (2013)
  • Carla Gugino at an event for American Hustle (2013)
  • Christian Bale at an event for American Hustle (2013)
  • Carla Gugino at an event for American Hustle (2013)
  • Jennifer Lawrence in American Hustle (2013)

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David O. Russell


Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell

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12 December 2013 | dcr-rock
| Hustle in to see...
'American Hustle'. A amazingly entertaining and engaging experience. A successful (in my opinion) juxtaposition of art and entertainment. A wonderfully acted and directed film.

Full disclosure: I loved both 'The Fighter' and 'Silver Linings Play', plus the cast are some of my favourite actors working in motion pictures today. So, I went in with a bias and a high level of anticipation for this film. This can sometimes work against you as a viewer as your expectations are too higher and you are disappointed with the results.

I can say that I was not disappointed and absolutely loved the film. People take different experiences and sensibilities with them when they see movies, and mine led me to be engaged and empathetic towards the characters. Their story interested me and I came out of the cinema thoroughly enjoying myself.

My only criticism is that it felt it lacked a little something with story. After seeing the film I did read that a lot of the film was improvised and Christian Bale commented to David O'Russell that this would change the story. His response was that he cared about the characters more than the story (paraphrasing). On reflection this is evident as the characters and acting are first class.

I by no means acclaim this to be a perfect movie or the best movie ever made, but it worked for me. I loved it!

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Did You Know?


Once, while a guest on Stephen Merchant's show, Louis C.K. joked about the students in the audience on Inside the Actors Studio (1994), who ask famous actors for career advice: "It always occurs to me, you know, when an actor stands up, one of the people in the audience, 'I am an actor, what can I do' and asks Sean Penn or whomever 'what can I do to reach your level', you just want to say 'you will never be famous.'" Louis co-starred in this film with Bradley Cooper, who was not only one of those Actors Studio students in the audience in several episodes (including one featuring Robert De Niro, who was also in the film), but also specifically one of the students who asked Penn a question during his episode.


Richie DiMaso: What are you doing, going behind my back? Telling people I'm screwing up this operation? I got you a suite at the fucking Plaza Hotel.
Irving Rosenfeld: The shittiest suite at the Plaza Hotel.


When Sydney and Irving discuss bank interest rates in his office shortly after first meeting in the early 1970s, Sydney curses Jimmy Carter for 12 to 18 percent rates, but Carter isn't President yet at this point in the story.

Crazy Credits

The film opens with the late 1970s Columbia Pictures logo, as well as 70s-stylized logos for Atlas Entertainment and Annapurna Pictures.

Alternate Versions

The leaked Academy Awards DVDSCR had the following differences.

  • A line of alternate dialogue in a voice over.
  • A few digitally altered shots.
  • The scene where Irving and his wife arguing has been trimmed.
  • The scene immediately following that scene with Irving in the car is shorter as well.


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Written by
Lorenz Hart & Richard Rodgers
Performed by Oscar Peterson
Courtesy of The Verve Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises


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