Tower Heist [DVD] [2011]

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Overview

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (169 out of 174)

Special Features


  • 2 alternate endings
  • Deleted/alternate scenes
  • Gag reel
  • Plotting Tower Heist
  • Feature commentary with Director Brett Ratner, Editor Mark Helfrich and Co-Writers Ted Griffin & Jeff Nathanson

Synopsis


Tower Heist
The workers at a posh Central Park condominium plot to steal back their pensions from the thieving Wall Street billionaire who's about to get away with the ultimate white-collar crime in this heist comedy starring Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy. Financial giant Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda) has just been placed under house arrest in his luxury New York City penthouse for cleaning out his investors to the tune of two billion dollars. Meanwhile, on the complete opposite end of the financial spectrum, Josh Kovacs (Ben Stiller) earns a modest living as the manager of The Tower -- the luxurious building where Shaw resides. Upon learning that the building staffers who entrusted Shaw with their retirement funds are about to lose their life savings, and that the thief will likely get off scot-free, Josh convinces a small group of Tower employees and a downtrodden former resident that Shaw has stashed a million-dollar safety net somewhere in his opulent penthouse, and that it's theirs for the taking if they can just slip past security. With dim-witted concierge Charlie (Casey Affleck), under-educated electrical engineer Enrique (Michael Peña), safecracking maid Odessa (Gabourey Sidibe) and downtrodden former resident Mr. Fitzhugh (Matthew Broderick) to back him, Josh recruits crafty swindler Slide (Eddie Murphy) to help get their money back. Although the security in Arthur's condo is unusually tight, between Josh's knowledge of the building and Slide's sleight of hand, this ragtag gang of thieves just might have what it takes to get the job done. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Ben Stiller
    Ben Stiller - Josh Kovacs
  • Eddie Murphy
    Eddie Murphy - Slide
  • Casey Affleck
    Casey Affleck - Charlie
  • Alan Alda
    Alan Alda - Arthur Shaw
  • Matthew Broderick
    Matthew Broderick - Mr. Fitzhugh



Overall customer rating

4.3
98%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    I finally like a Ben Stiller movie

    Posted
    Treydle
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    You work all your life in the service industry with the hopes of a comfortable retirement 25 or so years down the road. Meanwhile, the money in your paycheck earmarked for your pension has evaporated into thin air. While this might be enough to make anyone snap, imagine being at the beck and call of the man responsible for bankrupting, not only your retirement fund, but that of all your coworkers. The Tower is home to the most expensive real estate in New York City. But the real draw of The Tower is not the location or the amenities in any of the individual apartments, but the staff which is on duty 24/7. The penthouse apartment is occupied by The Tower’s wealthiest resident Arthur Shaw (played by Alan Alda) who is the CEO of a high-return investment group. When his fund is exposed to law enforcement and in the press as a Ponzi scheme, it falls to building manager Josh Kovacs (played by Ben Stiller) to inform the staff of The Tower that he’d invested their pensions with Shaw and that said pensions are most likely lost. And during all this, Shaw (Alda) is under house arrest in The Tower. But when a doorman just shy of his retirement becomes despondent and attempts suicide, Kovacs resolves to find the rainy day fund that FBI Agent Claire Denham (Tea Leoni) assures him Shaw is hiding. All in the hopes of retrieving what’s rightfully theirs Kovacs, Charlie Gibbs (Casey Affleck), the building concierge and Josh’s brother-in-law, and Mr. Fitzhugh (played by Matthew Broderick), a former Merrill Lynch employee who was evicted from The Tower after losing his job, savings, and marriage, join forces and begin devising a strategy for the caper. But knowing they’re in over their heads, Josh enlists Slide (played by Eddie Murphy), a thief and Kovacs neighbor who he once went to school with. I’ve never been a big fan of Ben Stiller and while I have great appreciation for Eddie Murphy’s early work (the Beverly Hills Cop series, Coming to America and even The Distinguished Gentleman) I’ve long-believed his best years as anything but a voice actor were behind him. That said, I enjoyed this film a great deal.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    First time I actually liked a Ben Stiller movie

    Posted
    Treydle
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    You work all your life in the service industry with the hopes of a comfortable retirement 25 or so years down the road. Meanwhile, the money in your paycheck earmarked for your pension has evaporated into thin air. While this might be enough to make anyone snap, imagine being at the beck and call of the man responsible for bankrupting, not only your retirement fund, but that of all your coworkers. The Tower is home to the most expensive real estate in New York City. But the real draw of The Tower is not the location or the amenities in any of the individual apartments, but the staff which is on duty 24/7. The penthouse apartment is occupied by The Tower’s wealthiest resident Arthur Shaw (played by Alan Alda) who is the CEO of a high-return investment group. When his fund is exposed to law enforcement and in the press as a Ponzi scheme, it falls to building manager Josh Kovacs (played by Ben Stiller) to inform the staff of The Tower that he’d invested their pensions with Shaw and that said pensions are most likely lost. And during all this, Shaw (Alda) is under house arrest in The Tower. But when a doorman just shy of his retirement becomes despondent and attempts suicide, Kovacs resolves to find the rainy day fund that FBI Agent Claire Denham (Tea Leoni) assures him Shaw is hiding. All in the hopes of retrieving what’s rightfully theirs Kovacs, Charlie Gibbs (Casey Affleck), the building concierge and Josh’s brother-in-law, and Mr. Fitzhugh (played by Matthew Broderick), a former Merrill Lynch employee who was evicted from The Tower after losing his job, savings, and marriage, join forces and begin devising a strategy for the caper. But knowing they’re in over their heads, Josh enlists Slide (played by Eddie Murphy), a thief and Kovacs neighbor who he once went to school with. I’ve never been a big fan of Ben Stiller and while I have great appreciation for Eddie Murphy’s early work (the Beverly Hills Cop series, Coming to America and even The Distinguished Gentleman) I’ve long-believed his best years as anything but a voice actor were behind him. That said, I enjoyed this film a great deal.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Under $10 Blu-Ray

    Posted
    JustDee
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    I like finding Blu-Rays that are not only under $10 but also ones I wasn't to add to my movie collection. That's what happened with Tower Heist. I came across it on my way to the checkout line and picked it up. For a Blu-Ray and Ultraviolet copy under $10 was a good deal. I like this movie. Remember seeing it for the first time and wanted to own it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Friday Night Movie

    Posted
    sbgiggler
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    This movie is a perfect blend of old and new talent, Ben Stiller leading the pack. Without giving up the story, you're going to laugh ...quite a bit. It doesn't make your brain hurt, nobody gets blown up (although you might wish for one or two explosions). Get your popcorn, turn off the phone and enjoy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Quirky Funny Entertaining

    Posted
    precisionimage
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    If you're a fan of Ben Stiller comedies, you'll probably enjoy Tower Heist. Is it like a dodgeball or zoolander? No, definitely not. Is it entertaining and funny? Most definitely! Tower Heist has a few surprises that you'll likely not be expecting. It was engaging and entertaining with moments of hilarity and goofiness.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    its a good movie with laughs

    Posted
    newrodney
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    Tower Heist is a good movie with some laughs. I bought this movie because there was a free movie ticket to see Ride Along 2. I probably wouldn't bought this but if you are a movie goer like me ... and you are going to the movies then why not get a free movie (basically) for the price of admission.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Movie

    Posted
    Steve
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    This movie is a great funny movie with a good cast. It does have a little action and some drama as well. I was surprised when I first watched this movie. The cast works well together. Eddie was actually "old school Eddie" in most of this movie.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Wouldn't turn off

    Posted
    Seankw
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    Surprisingly good for a film by Brett Ratner. If you're a movie collector like myself this is good enough to add. If not, well, if you were flipping channels and caught this on TNT during you're grandmas get together with family you can't stand to be around. You definitely wouldn't keep on flipping.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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