American Hustle [2 Discs] [Includes Digital Copy] [UltraViolet] [Blu-ray/DVD] [2013]

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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (978 out of 1040)

Special Features


  • The making of American Hustle
  • Deleted and extended scenes

Synopsis


American Hustle
Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, and Amy Adams star in director David O. Russell's fictional period crime drama about a reckless FBI agent who recruits a con man and his alluring partner into a scheme to ensnare corrupt politicians and gangsters. Smooth-talking Irving Rosenfeld (Bale) is a hustler of the highest order. No mark is off limits for Rosenfeld, especially when his crafty partner Sydney Prosser (Adams) is by his side. When renegade FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Cooper) thrusts the deceptive duo into the treacherous world of New Jersey power players and underworld heavies, the thrill of the hunt grows too strong to resist. Meanwhile, New Jersey politician Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner) gets caught in the middle, and Rosenfeld's capricious wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) holds more power than anyone could imagine. Louis C.K. and Jack Huston costar. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Christian Bale
    Christian Bale - Irving Rosenfeld
  • Bradley Cooper
    Bradley Cooper - Richie DiMaso
  • Amy Adams
    Amy Adams - Sydney Prosser
  • Jeremy Renner
    Jeremy Renner - Carmine Polito
  • Jennifer Lawrence
    Jennifer Lawrence - Rosalyn Rosenfeld



Overall customer rating

4.5
95%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the most enjoyable films of 2013

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    GreaterThanDiNozzo
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    One thing that can really elevate a film is to have a great ensemble cast. It’s not often that a movie gets Oscar-nominated for all 4 acting awards (Best Actor/Actress & Supporting Actor/Actress). Director David O. Russell’s SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK did it in 2013 and in 2014 his film AMERICAN HUSTLE did it again, so he must be doing something right to pull off such a rare feat. The movie is loosely based on the ABSCAM scandal, but instead of just making a standard thriller, Russell is more interested in fleshing out the interesting characters caught in this desperate situation. ARGO was also based on a true story and won Best Picture the previous year, but I’d argue that AMERICAN HUSTLE is a better movie and is much more conducive to repeated viewings. AMERICAN HUSTLE was a whole lot of fun and is one of the movies from 2013 that I’m most likely to watch again and again. As a woman who has tried to reinvent herself to conceal her more humble beginnings, Amy Adams would have been a very strong contender for best actress had it not been for Cate Blanchett in BLUE JASMINE, a much less enjoyable film (sadly, Brie Larson was overlooked for her great work in SHORT TERM 12). Christian Bale is great as the charismatic pot-bellied con man and its fun to watch Bradley Cooper’s character struggle when his character is out of his depth, but its wildcard Jennifer Lawrence as Bale’s housewife who really shakes things up and has the potential to derail everyone else’s plans through her careless, clueless actions. It is one’s intentions which matter the most according to her, regardless of the possible consequences fo doing blatantly stupid things. She did a great job here as an unusual type of character and only lost the Oscar because Lupita Nyongo did such an amazing job in 12 YEARS A SLAVE. Jeremy Renner does a good job at a difficult task: playing a politician who’s actually quite likeable and honestly seems to be trying to do something in his constituents’ best interests instead of just trying to increase his own bank account. Being a new movie, the Blu-ray transfer looks beautiful as expected and professional reviewers have described the picture and sound quality as flawless. The extras include deleted/extended scenes and a making-of segment.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    American Grit

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    wisdomseeker
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    I actually was able to watch American Hustle after I had recently rented it from Redbox. American Hustle opens with the characters of Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams), Richie De Maso (Bradley Cooper), and Mayor Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner) appearing to be in the midst of finalizing a deal. Rosenfeld, Prosser, and De Masio are actually working together towards what is supposed to be mutual professional understanding. Rosenfeld and Prosser are in love with each other. However, Rosenfeld also has a wife Rosalyn Rosenfeld (Jennifer Lawrence) and kids at home that he also has to take into consideration. What complicates matters is that De Maso also appears to be taking romantic interest in Prosser. Irving Rosenfeld’s wife Rosalyn Rosenfeld is somewhat aware of her husband’s life, but the movie portrays that that is still so much she is unaware about. Bradley Cooper plays the integral role of an FBI agent who is orchestrating the talents of Sydney Prosser an Irving Rosenfeld due to their cunning ability to be professional con artists. Jeremy Renner plays a New Jersey mayor who is also caught in the web that is being weaved around a professional deal that is ‘supposed’ to hold potential towards generating enormous profit.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Artful artifice

    Posted
    xphoenix23

    There's an old adage that says "honesty is the best policy." Never has that been proven more true than in the story within American Hustle, Director David O. Russell's (Silver Linings Playbook, Three Kings) Oscar-nominated film that centers on con artists forced to pull off their biggest job yet when they're approached by the feds and given an ultimatum: reel in the bigger fish or reel off a few years behind bars. Cons, corruption, wild swings in emotion, love, lust, greed, spite, naiveté, and almost all variety of human emotions and dire consequences give the story shape and purpose. Yet for all of the interpersonal chaos and all of those broad narrative pieces, the film is just as much an intimate character examination that exposes man's drive on both sides of the law and the murky middle ground that's so often the real point of contention between the sides experiencing the pulling force that exposes both to the other's direction. Through it all is an oftentimes humorous rhythm and an only slightly bloated advancement through one of the year's most visually appealing, dramatically satisfying, and all-around fun films.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Movie of 2013

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    electra1
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    What's not to like? Great acting, screenplay, direction, soundtrack, etc. The reason I think people have a problem with it is that it was nominated by the Golden Globes in the wrong category: this is DRAMA which has some very funny moments, as all good dramas do. In fact, it begins with one. In any good drama the comedy is there to relieve the tension, which is necessary. Another thing I've run across is that too many people don't like to think when they watch a movie: they want it handed to them. If that's what you want, this is not the film for you. I even read one review that complained about the costumes because the person claimed they weren't authentic: unfortunately, some people did dress that way. I know because I lived during the period in question- don't believe me? Watch "Saturday Night Fever"! Halston even let them use some of his originals from the period for the film! There are so many great performances, plot twists, and enough to enjoy about this film to make it well worth watching. I still don't understand why it didn't win a single Academy Award, especially when did win other major awards.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A true Story done the David O Russell way.

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    WendyandWicket
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    I really, really enjoyed this movie. It's inspired by real life life events. That means it's not a biopic, it takes a real event and dramatizes it. I have found myself a big fan of David O. Russell after this and Silver Linings Playbook. It does tell a story so it's not a rom-com (thank god) or a Jason Statham fast paced shoot em up or big explosion type movie (not that those are bad). If you life a good sting type movie with great acting this is for you. The opening is great and by the middle you wonder who is working who. I loved it. It was a thinker. I was not alive during the time period this took place so I have no recollection of anything to do with the actual case. It does have a great soundtrack. I recommend watching it if these are your type of movie. Another heads up, if you are seeing this movie only for Jennifer Lawrence her part is not huge however she is great! I have not watched all the bonus features so that's the four star, also I was sad there was no gag reel. I always love those.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    David O. Russell back in form

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    ejkousc
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    I have long felt David O. Russell was one of our best new directors but was unappreciated. Post I Heart Huckabees he really struggled to get a film made and it took ages for him to kind of sell out and do Oscar bait like The Fighter. Though the Fighter wasn't very Russel-ish it did put him back in good standing where the public finally became aware of what a talent he is. He could then be in a better position to get proper Russell films made like American Hustle (messed up selfish narcissistic characters). I mean he's had a renaissance of appreciation over 3 films but Joy might have just jeopardized it. BTW Jennifer Lawrence is great in this movie but someone please notify him that there are other actresses on this planet not named Jennifer Lawrence.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic movie about the perils of ambition

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    5hangTsun9
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    This movie has wonderful performances throughout, and stunning cinematography and attention to the time period in which it is set in. The writing is witty and a combination of arresting, filthy, hilarious, heartbreaking, and dubious, as are the characters. American Hustle is about the need for identity, and disguising identity to "get by". The focus of the movie centers on survival by subversion; anyone getting leverage on another by means of deception or deceit, yet it remains light-hearted in tone throughout most of the running time. Better yet, it never gives a position on who is "right" or "wrong", it just doesn't go there and lays it out. The only thing clear is that everything moves forward constantly, and the game keeps shifting and the survivors that come off successful are the planners who can seem the most personal

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Acting, Great Setting

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    Sherlock
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    Right from the start of the film, viewers are introduced to a robust cast full of interesting, three-dimensional characters. Everyone - from Christian Bale and Amy Adams' protagonists to Louis C.K.'s smaller role as a sad-sack cop - has strengths, weaknesses, and most importantly, clear motivations for what they're doing. And what's more, they're fascinating to watch! That can be a rare thing in movies nowadays. Beyond the cast, the 1970s setting is yet another character portrayed excellently in the movie, with music as excellent as the fashions are unfortunate! Though some people may not find this their cup of tea, it makes the characters shine even more as the audience can relate to these people despite being keenly aware of how far we've come in such a short time. If you enjoy good drama, this is definitely worth your time!

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