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On “Heist”: Mamet’s 2001 Effort – A Movie Review

David Mamet turned into a very interesting (if not always good) film artist, but his Heist has one of the worst plots of any movie in 2001.  Amoral and almost a potboiler, it revolves around the machinations of thieves acted by Gene Hackman, Danny DeVito and Delroy Lindo.  It boasts some excellent dialogue, however:  “She could talk herself out of a sunburn.”  The first words out of Hackman’s mouth when he and Rebecca Pidgeon are ready to pull a job are “Nobody lives forever.”  “Frank Sinatra gave it a shot,” replies Pidgeon coolly.  Peculiar language for a caper movie—which is good.  Perhaps the film should be seen just for its dialogue.

Alas, it has flaws besides plot problems, though, such as a clumsily directed sequence in which Lindo gets tough with a couple of  cheatin’ fellow robbers.

Stick with Mamet’s The Winslow Boy and even State and Main.  You’ll do better.

Cover of "Heist"

Cover of Heist


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  1. Fevie

    I am not that familiar with this movie but it seems a good one…Thank you!

  2. Akishya

    I never watch this movie but i will one day. I’m sure this a quality movie. Thanks for the review.

  3. Lovejoy

    I think I should watch this movie…Sounds good to watch..Thank you for sharing this to us..

  4. Pettina26

    I really appreciate and my friends and I were amazed with the story goes by and the effects it contains.

  5. doreen18

    Looking forward to watch also these kind of movie. Thanks!

  6. Enrika

    I want to try this movie…I am not sure if I will like it..

  7. Sabinna

    I hope you can post more of this…Thanks a lot!

  8. DrexB.

    Its really great to spent a movie marathon at the night with this kind of movie.

  9. DrexB.

    My family spent last night watching this kind of movie, And its really great.

  10. For sure my father will like to watch this movie.

  11. I hope I can watch this movie. You made a good review.

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