American Hustle

American Hustle

David O Russell (2013)

18 Certificate


Our Score
Opening with an enigmatic disclaimer stating that "Some of this actually happened", American Hustle begins as most 1970s-set crime capers do, with a flurry of obvious wigs, polyester suits and iconic chart music from the period. Unusually for the genre, however, it quickly reveals itself as an intelligent and deceptively self-aware character piece, with a New York conman (Christian Bale) and his lover/partner (Amy Adams) forced into assisting the FBI as penance for a series of loan frauds. Foregrounding the film's artificiality, writer/director David O Russell (The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook) uses his A-list cast to create a kind of adult pantomime, in which allegiances switch constantly and no one is ever quite who they seem. As is typical in a Hollywood movie, the two men - Bale and Bradley Cooper, as the FBI wild card - drive the story, but it is the women that provide the substance. Adams is terrific, playing Cooper off against Bale and vice versa, but Jennifer Lawrence steals the show as Bale's wife, a likeable ditz whose loose-lipped tendencies might at any minute instigate a bloodbath.


A conman is caught in the act by the FBI, but a maverick agent offers him the chance to escape prison by assisting in a sting operation. The hustler finds himself involved in a scheme to bring down the corrupt, Mafia-affiliated politician, only to find his own ex-wife plotting revenge. Crime drama set in the 1970s, starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.

Cast & Crew

Irving Rosenfeld Christian Bale
Richie DiMaso Bradley Cooper
Sydney Prosser Amy Adams
Rosalyn Rosenfeld Jennifer Lawrence (2)
Mayor Carmine Polito Jeremy Renner
Pete Musane Jack Huston
Stoddard Thorsen Louis CK
Victor Tellegio Robert De Niro
Paco Hernandez Michael Pena
Dolly Polito Elisabeth Röhm
Brenda Colleen Camp
Carl Elway Shea Whigham
Anthony Amado Alessandro Nivola
Irv's sheikh plant Saïd Taghmaoui
Senator Horton Mitchell Anthony Zerbe
Street thug Dicky Eklund
Director David O Russell
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentGuidance: Swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 20 Dec 2013