R | | Crime, Drama
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.
In the scene where Irving (Christian Bale) confronts Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) about Pete (Jack Huston) (Rosalyn's new mobster boyfriend), putting a canvas bag over his head, he employs his tactic of saying "no" to manipulate people. It is subtle ... ...
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.
Sydney wants Irving to flee with her to Estonia or Romania. At the time Estonia was solidly part of the Soviet Union and Romania was a brutal Stalinist dictatorship. Neither would have been necessarily impossible to get to but seem dangerously impractical destinations for Sydney to even consider, even with the law on her heels.
The film opens with the late 1970s Columbia Pictures logo, as well as 70s-stylized logos for Atlas Entertainment and Annapurna Pictures.
$740,455 (USA) (15 December 2013)
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