American Hustle

New York, the end of the 1970s. Irving Rosenfeld owns a chain of launderettes and earns a living as a con man and art forger. He finds his perfect partner in the seductive Sydney. They've already made a fortune when overachieving FBI agent Richie DiMaso gets wise to their game. To avoid prosecution they agree to act as bait. DiMaso is after bigger fish, including the mayor of a town in New Jersey. DiMaso's convinced that the mayor's image as moral crusader in fact conceals corruption. A deal allegedly worth millions replete with a fake sheikh does indeed lure the mafia into the arena. But nobody it seems reckoned with Rosenfeld's jealous wife ... Loosely based on a real political scandal, David O Russell's zany comedy is choc-a-bloc with eccentric, multi-layered characters. Russell's screenplay exposes his Silver Linings Playbook stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence and their co-actors to a slew of madly absurd vagaries and explosive situations. The film found favour with audiences and critics alike in the USA.
by David O. Russell
with Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Jeremy Renner, Jack Huston, Michael Peña, Louis C.K.
USA 2013 138’

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