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Title: American Hustle

Production Company: Atlas Entertainment  
  Annapurna Pictures  
Production Text:
Columbia Pictures and Annapurna Pictures Present
An Atlas Entertainment Production
A David O. Russell Film
Distribution Company: Columbia Pictures (a Sony Company)

Release Date: 13 Dec 2013
Premiere Information: Los Angeles and New York openings: 13 Dec 2013
Production Date: began mid-Feb 2013
Duration (in mins): 129
PCA NO: 48790
MPAA Rating: R
Country: United States
Language: English

Physical Properties: Sd: Dolby® Digital in selected theatres ; Datasat Digital Sound; SDDS Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
  col:

Producer: Charles Roven (Prod)
  Richard Suckle (Prod)
  Megan Ellison (Prod)
  Jonathan Gordon (Prod)
  Matthew Budman (Exec prod)
  Bradley Cooper (Exec prod)
  Eric Warren Singer (Exec prod)
  George Parra (Exec prod)
  Mark Kamine (Co-prod)
  Andy Horwitz (Co-prod)
  Michele "Shelley" Ziegler (Assoc prod)
Director: David O. Russell (Dir)
  Shea Kammer (Unit prod mgr)
  Mark Kamine (Unit prod mgr)
  Michele "Shelley" Ziegler (1st asst dir)
  Xanthus Valan (2d asst dir)
  Jason Fesel (2d 2d asst dir)
  Ben Bray (2d unit dir, 2d unit)
  Peter Soldo (1st asst dir, 2d unit)
  Allan Raphael (2d asst dir, 2d unit)
Writer: Eric Warren Singer (Wrt)
  David O. Russell (Wrt)
Photography: Linus Sandgren (Dir of photog)
  Geoffrey Haley (Steadicam op)
  Greg Lundsgaard (Steadicam op)
  Gregory Irwin (1st asst cam)
  Jorge Sanchez (1st asst cam)
  Tulio Duenas (2d asst cam)
  Randy Stone (2d asst cam)
  David Parson (Addl 2d asst cam)
  Zack Shultz (Film loader)
  Patrick Murray (Chief lighting tech)
  Jim Mitchell (Asst chief lighting tech)
  Tim Dunbar (Lamp op)
  Geoff Eads (Lamp op)
  Michael J. Peterson (Lamp op/Dimmer op)
  Zachary K. Lazar (Gen op)
  Lon Caracappa (Base camp gen op)
  Jeff Tanger (Lamp op/Addl gen op)
  David Cambria (Chief rigging elec)
  Joshua Dreyfus (Rigging best boy elec)
  Richard Cardillo (Rigging elec)
  Blair Dreyfus (Rigging elec)
  Eric Goddard (Rigging elec)
  Gordon Manson (Rigging elec)
  Harry E. Pray, IV (Rigging elec)
  David M. Rogers (Rigging elec)
  Brendan Keefe (Electric fixtures)
  Tony Cady (1st company grip)
  Woody Bell (2d company grip)
  Tony Campenni ("A" dolly grip)
  Thomas Doran ("B" dolly grip)
  Sean K. Hadley (Company grip)
  Bill Flanagan (Company grip)
  Georgia Pantazopoulos (Company grip)
  John Lloyd (Company grip)
  David Romano (Company grip)
  David Puopolo (1st company rigging grip)
  Shawn S. Ryder (2d company rigging grip)
  Malachi Bibel (Rigging grip)
  Timothy Catz (Rigging grip)
  Nate Coscia (Rigging grip)
  Peter D'angelo (Rigging grip)
  Richard Dionne (Rigging grip)
  Lee Holloway (Rigging grip)
  Matthew Leblanc (Rigging grip)
  François Duhamel (Still photog)
  Patrick Capone (Dir of photog, 2d unit)
  Gregory Wimer (1st asst cam, 2d unit)
  Ben Dailey (1st asst cam, 2d unit)
  Vanesssa Viera (2d asst cam, 2d unit)
  Christian Hollyer (2d asst cam, 2d unit)
  Frans Wetterings (Chief lighting tech, 2d unit)
  Jason Bowen (Asst chief lighting tech, 2d unit)
  Steven Sikora (Generator op, 2d unit)
  David Provenzano (Lamp op, 2d unit)
  Woody Bell (1st company grip, 2d unit)
  Melanie Patten (2d company grip, 2d unit)
  Gerard Sava (Cam op, New York unit)
  Anthony Cappello (1st asst cam, New York unit)
  Abner Medina (2d asst cam, New York unit)
  Eric Lichtenstein (Cam loader, New York unit)
  Gavin Curran (Chief lighting tech, New York unit)
  Phil Kathrens (Asst chief lighting tech, New York unit)
  Tom Lowry (1st company grip, New York unit)
  Mike Betzag (Best boy grip, New York unit)
  Mark West (Crane tech, New York unit)
  Paul Bashour (Lev head tech, New York unit)
Art Direction: Judy Becker (Prod des)
  Jesse Rosenthal (Art dir)
  Audra Avery (Asst art dir)
  Chris Sullivan (Art dept coord)
  Brandon Smith (Graphic artist)
Film Editor: Jay Cassidy (Ed)
  Crispin Struthers (Ed)
  Alan Baumgarten (Ed)
  Mike Azevedo (1st asst ed)
  Mark Scovil (2d asst ed)
  Justin Larson (1st asst ed)
Set Decoration: Daniel Fisher (Prop master)
  Noah Dubreuil (Asst prop master)
  Beth Anderson (Prop asst)
  Michelle Sherwood (Prop asst)
  Dan Courchaine (Charge scenic)
  Paula Bird (Scenic foreperson)
  Robert Gallo (Scenic foreperson)
  Julia Garrison (Cam scenic artist)
  David Bennett (Scenic industrial)
  Julie Nemerow (Scenic industrial)
  Kristin Cunniff (Scenic artist)
  Romina Diaz-Brada (Scenic artist)
  Paul Gorfine (Scenic artist)
  Mary Hopkins (Scenic artist)
  Lori Hruska (Scenic artist)
  Elizabeth Johnson (Scenic artist)
  Dan Joy (Scenic artist)
  Kim Nelson (Scenic artist)
  David Rickson (Scenic artist)
  Isabel Riley (Scenic artist)
  Terry Sylvester (Scenic artist)
  Jose Tran (Scenic artist)
  Cameron Truesdale (Scenic artist)
  Heather Loeffler (Set dec)
  Danica Chapman (Set dec buyer)
  Mary Fellows (Set dec buyer, NYC)
  Alix Belleville (Set dec asst)
  Conor Olmstead (Set dec asst)
  Dave Weinman (Lead person)
  Kenneth R. Salter (Set dressing foreperson)
  Keith Culbertson (Set dressing foreperson)
  Cleo Wang (Set dressing shop foreperson)
  Adam Roffman (On-set dresser)
  Chris Centola (Set dresser)
  Deborah Kehs (Set dresser)
  Jeff Schneider (Set dresser)
  Christopher R. Analoro (Prop master)
  Judson Bell (Set dresser)
  Michael Bird (Addl set dresser)
  Steven Brennan (Addl set dresser)
  Brian W. Buckley (Addl set dresser)
  Mickey Carter (Addl set dresser)
  James J. Champoux (Addl set dresser)
  Jonathan Champoux (Addl set dresser)
  Gary G. Chandler, II (Addl set dresser)
  Dennis Colvin (Addl set dresser)
  Christopher Conroy (Addl set dresser)
  Gregory J. Corcoran (Addl set dresser)
  William Costello (Addl set dresser)
  Wayne Kimball (Addl set dresser)
  C. Kent Lanigan (Addl set dresser)
  Cameron Matheson (Addl set dresser)
  John McCarthy (Addl set dresser)
  Brian McKenzie (Addl set dresser)
  Alison C. McLoughlin (Addl set dresser)
  Gabor Medveczky (Addl set dresser)
  Janine Moore (Addl set dresser)
  John P. Pungitore (Addl set dresser)
  Timothy Rowcroft (Addl set dresser)
  Richard Sepulveda (Addl set dresser)
  Patricia Turczynski (Addl set dresser)
  Christopher Walsh (Addl set dresser)
  Helen Rasmussen (Draper)
  Gina L. Rhodes (Drapery stitcher)
  Brian Ricci (Upholstery leadman)
  Michael Ricci (Upholstery foreman)
  Ted Suchecki (Const coord)
  Peter Wilcox (Const gen foreperson)
  Michael Krause (Const foreperson)
  Scott T. Pina (Const gang boss)
  David T. Parsons (Const gang boss)
  Jack Coyle (Const gang boss)
  Lauren Ashley Suchecki (Const buyer)
  Susan Cosgrove (Const shop asst)
  Jason R. Allard (Carpenter)
  Charles Coulter (Carpenter)
  John J. Delory, Jr. (Carpenter)
  John T. Larson (Carpenter)
  David Puhl (Carpenter)
  Will R. Sullivan (Carpenter)
  Eric Wild (Carpenter)
  Zachary Zablocki (Carpenter)
  David G. Abate (Laborer)
  Francis L. Foley (Laborer)
  Richard Cambria (Prop maker)
  Mark A. Digiantommaso (Prop maker)
  Dennis Grullon (Prop maker)
  James Hurd (Prop maker)
  James M. Leitch (Prop maker)
  George McEachern (Prop maker)
  Paul Peabody (Prop maker)
  Daniel J. Hutchinson (Const shop elec)
  Larin Brink (Prop master, 2d unit)
Costumes: Michael Wilkinson (Cost des)
  J.R. Hawbaker (Asst cost des)
  Meghan Kasperlik (Asst cost des)
  Debbie Holbrook (Cost supv)
  Honah Lee Milne (Key costumer)
  Tangi Crawford (Key costumer, LA)
  Beau Desmond (Set costumer)
  Taryn Walsh Weaver (Truck costumer)
  Tina Ulee (Background set costumer)
  Rosa Colon (Background set costumer)
  Margaret Codola (Background set costumer)
  Mem Macafee (Background set costumer)
  Amanda Hannon (Background set costumer)
  Hilary Derby (Costumer)
  Carolyn Schnitzer (Costumer)
  Deborah Newhall (Costumer)
  Alyson MacInnis (Costumer)
  Tyler Kinney (Costumer)
  April McCoy (Key tailor)
  Caroline Errington (Tailor)
  Susanna Brown (Tailor)
  Dana Pacheco (Stitcher)
  Janna Pederson (Stitcher)
  Penelope A. Cariolo (Stitcher)
  Sarah Hill Richmond (Shopper)
  Jenelle Kinney (Cost asst)
  Ryan Hussey (Cost asst)
  Aude Bronson-Howard (Personal costumer to Mr. Tellegio)
Music: Danny Elfman (Mus)
  Susan Jacobs (Mus supv)
  Philip Tallman (Mus ed)
  Sally Boldt (Mus ed)
  Noah Snyder (Score rec and mixed)
  Jeff Biggers (Score rec and mixed)
  David Buckley (Addl mus)
  Chris Bacon (Addl mus)
  Melisa McGregor (Score coord)
  Greg Maloney (Tech asst)
  Melissa Karaban (Asst to Mr. Elfman)
  Jackie Mulhearn (Asst to mus supv)
Sound: Tom Williams (Sd mixer)
  Joel Reidy (Boom op)
  William Ryan Baker (Cable person/Addl boom op)
  Brian Courchine (Addl boom op)
  William J. Shamlian (Addl cable person)
  Christopher D. Anderson (Audio playback)
  Joshua L. T. Pressey (Video assist)
  Christopher Murphy (Wireless video tech)
  Jonathan Kobs (Video utility)
  Joe Doyle (24 frame playback)
  Ross 424, Inc. (Post prod sd)
  John Ross (Supv sd ed, Ross 424, Inc.)
  Reneé Tondelli (Dial supv, Ross 424, Inc.)
  Jay Nierenberg (Sd eff ed, Ross 424, Inc.)
  Brent Findley (Sd eff ed, Ross 424, Inc.)
  Lisle Engle (Sd eff ed, Ross 424, Inc.)
  Victoria Sampson (Dial ed, Ross 424, Inc.)
  Michael Szakmeister (Dial ed, Ross 424, Inc.)
  Michael Hertlein (Dial ed, Ross 424, Inc.)
  Dyhana Carlton-Tims (Dial ed, Ross 424, Inc.)
  Christopher T. Welch (Dial ed, Ross 424, Inc.)
  Bernard Weiser (Dial ed, Ross 424, Inc.)
  John Ross (Re-rec mixer, Ross 424, Inc.)
  Myron Nettinga (Re-rec mixer, Ross 424, Inc.)
  Ross 424, Inc. (Re-rec at)
  Kaspar Hugentobler (Stage eng, Ross 424, Inc.)
  Greg Steele (ADR mixer, Ross 424, Inc.)
  Ron Bedrosian (ADR mixer, Ross 424, Inc.)
  Rob Weiss (ADR mixer, Ross 424, Inc.)
  Andy Stallabrass (ADR mixer, Ross 424, Inc.)
  Goro Koyama (Foley artist, Ross 424, Inc.)
  Andy Malcolm (Foley artist, Ross 424, Inc.)
  Sandra Fox (Foley artist, Ross 424, Inc.)
  Don White (Foley rec mixer, Ross 424, Inc.)
  Jack Heeren (Foley rec mixer, Ross 424, Inc.)
  Thom "Coach" Ehle (Dolby sd consultant)
  Thomas Davis (Video playback, 2d unit)
  Dan Guachione (Boom op, New York unit)
Special Effects: John Ruggieri (Spec eff coord)
  Lindsay Boffoli (Spec eff foreperson)
  Jay Stone (Spec eff tech)
  Ralph Wilber (Spec eff tech)
  Thomas Carroll (Spec eff tech)
  Herve Desroches (Spec eff tech)
  Robert Hackl (Visual eff prod)
  Corbin Mehl (Visual eff ed)
  Scott Anderson (Visual eff ed)
  Ryan Suchor (Visual eff coord)
  Eric Beaver (Digital compositor)
  Jeremy Burns (Digital compositor)
  Bill Gillman (Digital compositor)
  Siobhan Lo (Digital compositor)
  Roger Mocenigo (Digital compositor)
  Drew Redford (Digital compositor)
  Mike Uguccioni (Digital compositor)
  David Wolgemuth (Digital compositor)
  Zero (Visual eff by)
  Sean Devereaux (Lead VFX supv, Zero)
  Marc Rienzo (VFX supv, Zero)
  Brian Drewes (VFX exec prod, Zero)
  Meg Bailey (Digital prod mgr, Zero)
  Angela Ellis (VFX data mgr, Zero)
  Brian Mariano (Visual eff asst data mgr, Zero)
  Jeremy Brown (Digital artist, Zero)
  Gerard Andal (Digital artist, Zero)
  Kyle Andal (Digital artist, Zero)
  Leighana Ginther (Digital artist, Zero)
  Robby Geis (Digital artist, Zero)
  Matt Robertson (Digital artist, Zero)
  Ryan McDermid (Digital artist, Zero)
  Julianne Holzschuh (Digital artist, Zero)
  Scott Mathews (Digital artist, Zero)
  Stephen Schmidt (Digital artist, Zero)
  Richard Hardy (Digital artist, Zero)
  Aaron Beebe (Digital artist, Zero)
  Lola / VFX (Visual eff by)
  Edson Williams (Visual eff supv, Lola / VFX)
  Thomas Nittman (Visual eff exec prod, Lola / VFX)
  Max Leonard (Visual eff prod, Lola / VFX)
  Rob Olsson (Digital matte painter, Lola / VFX)
  Vincent Blin (Digital compositor, Lola / VFX)
  Brian Hajek (Digital compositor, Lola / VFX)
  David Hernandez (Digital compositor, Lola / VFX)
  David Levine (Digital compositor, Lola / VFX)
  Jeremiah Sweeney (Digital compositor, Lola / VFX)
  Yuki Uehara (Digital compositor, Lola / VFX)
  Crafty Apes (Visual eff by)
  Tim LeDoux (Visual eff supv, Crafty Apes)
  Jason Sanford (Visual eff prod, Crafty Apes)
  Robin Graham (Compositing supv, Crafty Apes)
  Mark LeDoux (Digital compositor, Crafty Apes)
  Thuy Le (Digital compositor, Crafty Apes)
  1.1 VFX (Visual eff by)
  Danny Yoon (Visual eff supv, 1.1 VFX)
  Mike Pryor (Visual eff prod, 1.1 VFX)
  Duy Nguyen (Digital compositor, 1.1 VFX)
  Liz Vogtsberger (Visual eff coord, 1.1 VFX)
  Exceptional Minds Studio (Rotoscoping by)
  Josh Dag (Rotoscoping artist, Exceptional Minds Studio)
  Lloyd Hackl (Rotoscoping artist, Exceptional Minds Studio)
  Eli Katz (Rotoscoping artist, Exceptional Minds Studio)
  Arielle Guthrie (Rotoscoping artist, Exceptional Minds Studio)
  Patrick Brady (Rotoscoping artist, Exceptional Minds Studio)
  Locktix Santa Monica (Digital image restoration by)
  Phil Beck (SPFX foreperson, New York unit)
  John Beck {Spec eff} (SPFX tech, New York unit)
Dance: Mandy Jo Moore (Choreog)
Make Up: Evelyne Noraz (Dept head make up)
  Rachel Geary (Asst dept head make up)
  Janeen Schreyer (Make up artist for Mr. Cooper)
  Wesley Wofford (Prosthetic make-up)
  Patricia Seeney (Make up artist)
  Rob Fitz (Make up artist)
  Sher Williams (Make up artist)
  Lori McCoy-Bell (Dept head hair/Hair stylist for Mr. Cooper)
  Michelle Johnson (Asst dept head hair)
  Renee Vaca (Asst dept head hair)
  Kathrine Gordon (Hair des for Ms. Adams & Mr. Bale)
  Kristen Barry (Hair stylist)
  Stephen S. Bruno (Hair stylist)
  Kasie Ward (Hair dept asst)
Production Misc: Mary Vernieu (Casting)
  Lindsay Graham (Casting)
  Tracy Scott (Scr supv)
  Betsy Alton (Prod coord)
  Chris McHenry (Asst prod coord)
  Cory Myler (Travel coord)
  Chris Britton (Prod secy)
  Christian Vogeler (Set prod asst)
  Katie Valovcin (Set prod asst)
  Chad Goyette (Set prod asst)
  Timothy P. Ladue (Set prod asst)
  Jacquie Dore (Set prod asst)
  KC Bower (Set prod asst)
  Cameron Morton (Set prod asst)
  Matthew P. Leven (Set prod asst)
  Stephen Turro (Set prod asst)
  Alexander Linde (Prod asst)
  Meredith Lippincott (Prod asst)
  Shibani Alter (Prod asst)
  Danny Martin (Prod asst)
  Gregory Colica (Prod asst)
  Peter Parson (Prod asst)
  John Parson (Prod asst)
  Jeff Mannarini (Prod asst)
  Ena Frias (Asst to Mr. Russell)
  Franklin Ayala (Asst to Mr. Russell)
  David Gallagher (Asst to Mr. Russell)
  Anthony Scott (Asst to Mr. Russell)
  Sammy Scher (Asst to Ms. Ellison)
  Dani Konrad (Asst to Mr. Suckle)
  Topher Rhys-Lawrence (Asst to Mr. Roven)
  Nick Boak (Asst to Mr. Roven)
  Melissa Bloom (Asst to Mr. Gordon)
  Alyssa Barnes (Asst to Mr. Kamine)
  Bobby Wilhelm (Asst to Mr. Cooper)
  Danny Brener (Asst to Ms. Adams)
  David Cox (Asst to Mr. Renner)
  Justine Ciarrachi (Asst to Ms. Lawrence)
  Mel Thompson (Security for Mr. Bale)
  Francie Brown (Dialect coach for Mr. Bale)
  Robert Blecher (Arabic language consultant)
  Sahar Bazzaz (Arabic language consultant)
  Mel Weinberg (Tech consultant)
  Myron R. Fuller (Consultant)
  Elizabeth K. Tompkins (Prod accountant)
  Merrilee Dale Reynolds (1st asst accountant)
  Cheryl McHugh (Payroll accountant)
  Judi Jersolow (Addl payroll accountant)
  Mollie Grace (2d asst accountant)
  Caitlin F. Osgood (2d asst accountant)
  Bryan Opritza (Accounting clerk)
  Michael Ullman (Accounting clerk)
  Brittany M. Truett (Payroll clerk)
  Dee Schuka (Post prod accountant)
  David Velasco (Loc mgr)
  Brendan Kehoe (Asst loc mgr)
  Rob Coleman (Asst loc mgr)
  Josh Youman (Asst loc mgr)
  David Becker (Loc coord)
  Douglas Armitage (Loc asst)
  Andrew Gibson (Loc asst)
  Alex Berard (Loc asst)
  Cian Smith (Loc asst)
  Michael Altman (Loc asst)
  Max Barbakow (Loc asst)
  Boston Casting, Inc. (Local casting)
  Angela Peri (Local casting)
  Ashley Skomurski (Extras casting)
  Aaron Kahl (Extras casting)
  Jennifer Dwyer (Boston casting asst)
  Christine Tobin (Food stylist)
  Robert A. Anderson (Picture car coord)
  Christopher Johnson (Picture car fabricator)
  James A. Sheehan (Picture car mechanic)
  Lee Anne Muldoon (Unit pub)
  Ken D. Fitzgibbons (Set medic)
  Robert K. Ferrara (Const medic)
  Billy O`Brien III (Transportation coord)
  Jimmy Donahue (Transportation capt)
  Billy Benner (DOT)
  Richard Abate (Driver)
  Jeffrey A. Bamford (Driver)
  Stephen Coleman (Driver)
  Michael Curran (Driver)
  James Divito (Driver)
  Joseph Ferlito (Driver)
  Robert J. Ferrara, Sr. (Driver)
  John Fidler (Driver)
  Mike Gwynn (Driver)
  Jacob Hackett, Jr. (Driver)
  Gregory Harris (Driver)
  Michael Indelicato (Driver)
  Chris Johnson (Driver)
  Kevin Kelleher (Driver)
  Keith Leahy (Driver)
  Kevin Mackenzie (Driver)
  Robert Martini (Driver)
  Thomas McGrath (Driver)
  William McGrath (Driver)
  Paul C. Mueller (Driver)
  Derek O'Brien (Driver)
  Ryan Sheehen (Driver)
  Joseph Spinello (Driver)
  Quintan J. Sullivan (Driver)
  Eugene M. Todd (Driver)
  Joseph A. Travers (Driver)
  Kevin Wright (Driver)
  Paul Kuzmich Hat Trick Catering (Caterer)
  Peter A. Lowe (Head chef)
  Hakim Shakoor (Asst chef)
  Jesse Stephens (Prep cook)
  Chris Castillo (Addl chef)
  Cody D. Murray (Addl chef)
  Peter A. Lowe, Sr. (Server)
  Jane Willwerth (Key craft service)
  Matt High (Craft service asst)
  Robert Willwerth (Craft service asst)
  Joseph Fantasia (Craft service asst)
  Michelle Watt (Craft service asst)
  Christopher J. Corabi (Annapurna head of business and legal affairs)
  Vanessa B. Fung (Prod business and legal affairs)
  Christine Bergren (Mus legal affairs)
  Fintage Collection Account Management B.V. (Collection account management by)
  Stone Management, Inc. (Product placement by)
  Cat Stone (Product placement coord)
  Adam Stone (Product placement coord)
  Jay Floyd Now Clear This! (Clearance coord)
  Act One Script Clearance (Scr res)
  Tim Pedegana (Post prod supv)
  Mark Scovil (2d asst ed)
  Kyle Walczak (Post prod asst)
  James Masi (Annapurna head of post prod)
  Shaun Gordon (Post coord)
  Gregory Maratea (Post coord)
  Kaitlin Menear (Post prod coord)
  Lucca Fletcher (Post prod asst to Mr. Russell)
  Ashley Lambert-Hoffmannbrow (Voice casting)
  Guy Efrat (Loc mgr, New York unit)
  Brendan O'Rourke (Asst loc mgr, New York unit)
  Rufus Wyer (Loc asst, New York unit)
  Richie Curry (Transportation capt, New York unit)
  Mark Dolce (Transportation co-capt, New York unit)
Stand In: Ben Jeran McGinn (Stand-in for Mr. Bale)
  Ben Bray (Stunt coord)
  Frank Torres (Stunt coord)
  Damien Bray (Stunt driver)
  Keenen Bray (Stunt driver)
  Adam Masnyk (Stunt driver)
  Kachina Dechert (Stunts)
  John Vincent Mason (Stunts)
  Jeff Medeiros (Stunts)
  Paul Marini (Stunts)
  Jim Ford (Stunts)
  Owen Holland (Stunts)
  Adam Hart (Stunts)
  Samantha Macivor (Stunts)
  Anthony Molinari (Stunts)
  Bryce Burke (Stunts)
Color Personnel: EFILM (Digital intermediate)
  Yvan Lucas (Supv digital colorist, EFILM)
  Tom Reiser (Digital colorist, EFILM)
  Loan Phan (Digital intermediate prod, EFILM)
  Amy Pawlowski (Digital intermediate ed, EFILM)
  Joel McWilliams (Digital intermediate asst colorist, EFILM)
  Lesley Nicolucci (Asst digital intermediate prod, EFILM)
  Jordan Bramlett (Digital intermediate tech, New York unit)

Music Text: "La Chatte A La Satie," written by Gian Piero Piccioni, performed by Piero Piccioni, courtesy of IDM Music Ltd., on behalf of Bixio Music Group; "Claire De Lune," written by Claude Debussy, produced and performed by Jeff Lynne, courtesy of Big Trilby Records.
Song Text: "Jeep's Blues," written by Duke Ellington & Johnny Hodges, performed by Duke Ellington, courtesy of Columbia Records, by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing; "A Horse With No Name," written by Dewey Bunnell, performed by America, courtesy of Warner Bros. Records, Inc., by arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing; "Dirty Work," written by Walter Becker & Donald Fagen, performed by Steely Dan, courtesy of Geffen Records, under license from Universal Music Enterprises; "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is," written by Robert Lamm, performed by Chicago, courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company, by arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing; "Blue Moon," written by Lorenz Hart & Richard Rodgers, performed by Oscar Peterson, courtesy of The Verve Music Group, under license from Universal Music Enterprises; "I've Got Your Number," written by Cy Coleman & Carolyn Leigh, arrangement by Mike Renzi, performed by Jack Jones; "Live to Live," written and performed by Chris Stills, courtesy of Chris Stills; "The Coffee Song (They've Got An Awful Lot of Coffee In Brazil)," written by Bob Hilliard & Richard Miles, performed by Frank Sinatra, courtesy of Columbia Records, by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing; "Straight, No Chaser," written by Thelonious Monk, performed by Thelonious Monk, courtesy of Columbia Records, by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing; "Stream of Stars," written and performed by Jeff Lynne, courtesy of Big Trilby Records; "It's De-Lovely," written by Cole Porter, performed by Ella Fitzgerald, courtesy of The Verve Music Group, under license from Universal Music Enterprises; "I Saw the Light," written by Todd Rundgren, performed by Todd Rundgren, courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company, by arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing; "I Feel Love," written by Peter Bellotte, Giorgio Moroder & Donna Summer, performed by Donna Summer, courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group, under license from Universal Music Enterprises; "Don't Leave Me This Way," written by Kenneth Gamble, Cary Gilbert & Leon Huff, performed by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, courtesy of Epic Records, by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing; "Delilah," written by Barry Mason & Les Reed, performed by Tom Jones, courtesy of Chrysalis Copyrights LLC, by arrangement with BMG Rights Management (US) LLC; "I Was Born To Love You," written by Booker T. Jones Jr., David Porter & Shirley Walton, courtesy of Concord Music Group, Inc.; "10538 Overture," written and produced by Jeffrey Lynne, performed by ELO, courtesy of Parlophone Records Ltd / Epic Records, by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing; "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," written by Elton John & Bernard Taupin, performed by Elton John, courtesy of Mercury Records Limited, under license from Universal Music Enterprises; "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone," written by Barrett Strong & Norman Whitfield, performed by The Temptations, courtesy of Motown Records, under license from Universal Music Enterprises; "Evil Ways," written by Clarence Arthur Henry, performed by Santana, courtesy of Columbia Records, by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing; "The Evening News," written & performed by John Ross; "White Rabbit," written by Grace Wing Slick, lyric adaptation Dawn Elder, Hanin Omar and Mark Batson, performed by Mayssa Karaa, produced by Mark Batson; "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart," written by Barry Gibb & Robin Gibb, performed by Bee Gees, courtesy of Rhino Entertainment Company, by arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing; "To The Station," written by Evan Lurie, performed by Evan Lurie, courtesy of IDM Music Ltd., on behalf of Bixio & Cinevox Records Srl; "Live And Let Die," written by Paul McCartney & Linda McCartney, performed by Wings, courtesy of MPL Communications, Inc.; "Long Black Road," written, produced and performed by Jeff Lynne, courtesy of Big Trilby Records; "The Jean Genie," written and performed by David Bowie, courtesy of RZO Music; "10538 Overture," written, produced, and performed by Jeff Lynne, courtesy of Big Trilby Records.
Source Text:
Music Composer: Walter Becker
  Peter Bellotte
  David Bowie
  Dewey Bunnell
  Cy Coleman
  Claude Debussy
  Duke Ellington
  Donald Fagen
  Kenneth Gamble
  Barry Gibb
  Robin Gibb
  Cary Gilbert
  Lorenz Hart
  Clarence Arthur Henry
  Bob Hilliard
  Johnny Hodges
  Leon Huff
  Elton John
  Booker T. Jones, Jr.
  Robert Lamm
  Carolyn Leigh
  Evan Lurie
  Jeff Lynne
  Barry Mason
  Linda McCartney
  Paul McCartney
  Richard Miles
  Thelonious Monk
  Giorgio Moroder
  Gian Piero Piccioni
  Cole Porter
  David Porter
  Les Reed
  Richard Rodgers
  John Ross
  Todd Rundgren
  Grace Wing Slick
  Chris Stills
  Barrett Strong
  Donna Summer
  Bernard Taupin
  Shirley Walton
  Norman Whitfield

Cast:   Christian Bale (Irving Rosenfeld)  
    Bradley Cooper (Richie DiMaso [Robert Spencer])  
    Jeremy Renner (Mayor Carmine Polito)  
    Amy Adams (Sydney Prosser [Lady Edith Greensley])  
  And Jennifer Lawrence (Rosalyn Rosenfeld)  
    Louis C. K. (Stoddard Thorsen)  
    Jack Huston (Pete Musane)  
    Michael Peña (Paco Hernandez/Sheik Abdullah)  
    Shea Whigham (Carl Elway)  
    Alessandro Nivola (Anthony Amado)  
    Elisabeth Rohm (Dolly Polito)  
    Paul Herman (Alfonse Simone)  
    Said Taghmaoui (Irv's sheik plant)  
    Matthew Russell (Dominic Polito)  
    Thomas Matthews (Francis Polito)  
    Adrian Martinez (Julius)  
    Anthony Zerbe (Senator Horton Mitchell)  
    Colleen Camp (Brenda)  
    Steve Gagliastro (Agent Schmidt)  
    Chris Tarjan (Agent Stock)  
    Zachariah Supka (Young Irv)  
    Christy Cashman (Cosmo interview girl)  
    Simon Hamlin (Photographer)  
    Martie Barylick (Helen)  
    Dawn Olivieri (Cosmo girl)  
    Becky Dennis (Nanny)  
    Jay Giannone (Suburban businessman)  
    Arthur Birnbaum (Queens businessman)  
    Rob Dininni (Desperate businessman)  
    Michael Fennimore (Car salesman)  
    Jack Jones (Jazz quartet singer)  
    Dante Corbo (Danny Rosenfeld)  
    Santino Corbo (Danny Rosenfeld)  
    Bo Cleary (FBI agent #1)  
    Greg Maxwell (FBI agent #2)  
    Mickey O'Keefe (FBI Agent #3)  
    Aaron Flanders (Elway's friend)  
    Erica McDermott (Carl Elway's assistant)  
    Alura Carbrey (Elizabeth Polito)  
    Kayla Feeney (Lorna Polito)  
    Shannon Halliday (Doreen Polito)  
    Volieda Webb (Melora)  
    Patsy Meck (Richie's mother)  
    Abby Lavin (Richie's girlfriend)  
    Damien Dipaola (Baron owner)  
    Paul Campbell (Baron's patron)  
    Jeff Avigian (Disco dancer)  
    Stacy Hock (Girl outside stall)  
    Michael Trigg (Baron's manager)  
    Richard Heneks (Al Kalowski)  
    Ted Zalewski (Carpenter)  
    Elias Birnbaum (Carpenter apprentice)  
    Armen Garo (Dick Helsing)  
    Sal Dimino (Lou Salvano)  
    Gary Craig (Jerry Catone)  
    Barry Primus (Tellegio's consigliere)  
    Sonny Gordon (Tellegio's consigliere)  
    Deva Mahal (Funk band singer)  
    Dicky Eklund, Jr. (Street thug #1)  
    Sean Eklund (Street thug #2)  
    Charlie Broderick (Rep. John O'Connell)  
    Richard Donnelly (Rep. Sanders)  
    Gary Zahakos (Congressman Keshoygan)  
    Frank Geraci (Simone's gang #1)  
    Melson Alford (Simone's gang #2)  
    Melissa McMeekin (Simone's gang #3)  
    JJ Wright (Divorce lawyer)  
    Bob Taraschi (Rep. Stelford)  
    Robert De Niro (Victor Tellegio)  

Summary: During the late 1970s in New York City, Irving Rosenfeld owns a small dry cleaning chain, but is an expert con man, running a loan shark operation and dealing forged art. At a party, Irving's life changes when he meets seductive Sydney Prosser, a former stripper from New Mexico who reinvented herself by landing a job at Cosmopolitan magazine in New York. The two immediately relate as they discuss their mutual love for jazz musician Duke Ellington. Despite Irving's paunch and comb-over, Sydney is attracted to his confidence, while Irving recognizes that Sydney is a fellow "survivor." They begin a passionate love affair. When Irving discloses his money -lending scheme to Sydney, he discovers that she also possesses the instincts of a con artist. Under the pseudonym "Lady Edith Greensley," she pretends to be an aristocratic British woman with exclusive banking connections in England, and helps Irving expand his racket. Their successful partnership becomes known as London Associates. Meanwhile, Irving is trapped in an unhappy marriage to his manic wife, Rosalyn, who refuses to give him a divorce. The situation is complication by the fact that Irving remains devoted to Rosalyn's son, Danny, whom he legally adopted. Sydney and Irving's lending scheme collapses when Sydney accepts a $5,000 check from Richie DiMaso, an undercover FBI agent. As Sydney becomes unhinged while in a holding cell for three days, DiMaso offers Irving a deal. If the couple assists DiMaso in apprehending four con artists, the FBI will release Sydney and refrain from pursuing Irving. Sydney prefers to flee the country, but Irving refuses to abandon his stepson. After agreeing to cooperate, Sydney tells Irving she will flirt with DiMaso, who still believes she is "Edith Greensley," in case they need to manipulate him. To entice swindlers, Irving suggests a scam involving a pretend wealthy Arab sheikh, looking for investment opportunities in the U.S. He arranges for an Arab friend from Queens, New York, to play the sheikh, but keeps him in the background during the set-up. As Irving provides introductions to his network, DiMaso, using the alias "Robert Spencer," and Sydney pose as the sheikh's financial advisors. Soon, their deception lures con artist Carl Elway, who suggests the sheikh's millions could finance the redevelopment of Atlantic City, New Jersey. Elway introduces Irving's group to Carmine Polito, the popular mayor of Camden, New Jersey, and leader of the state assembly, who has connections to secure gambling licenses and building permits, but needs funds to rebuild Atlantic City. Realizing an opportunity to catch politicians accepting illegal handouts, the ambitious DiMaso wants to offer Carmine a bribe, despite opposition from his boss, Stoddard Thorsen, who wants DiMaso to keep the investigation focused on con artists. After Sydney befriends Brenda, the supervisor of wire transfers at Chase Bank, DiMaso bypasses Thorsen and arranges for $2 million to be placed temporarily in a Chase account under the sheikh's name to convince Carmine that their venture is legitimate. On 28 April 1978, at a Plaza Hotel suite rigged with surveillance cameras, DiMaso, Irving, and Sydney meet with Carmine and Elway, but when DiMaso pushes a briefcase of cash toward the mayor, Carmine becomes suspicious and leaves. Coerced by DiMaso, Irving convinces the mayor that the sheikh's offer is genuine. Feeling a comradeship with Irving, Carmine accepts the money. Afterward, DiMaso wants to delay arresting Carmine in order to use him for introductions to other corruptible politicians. Nervous that DiMaso is overreaching, Irving disagrees with the strategy. After the hotel meeting, Irving and Rosalyn enjoy dinner with Carmine and his wife, Dolly, reinforcing the two men's friendship, but also exacerbating Irving's guilt about implicating the mayor. Meanwhile, Sydney is jealous that Irving has included his wife and goes dancing with DiMaso. Despite the sexual tension between them, Sydney resists seducing the federal agent. When Carmine plans a welcome party for the sheikh, DiMaso arranges for Hispanic FBI agent Paco Hernandez to play "Sheikh Abdullah," ignoring objections from Irving who prefers his Arab-speaking friend from Queens. After eavesdropping on a phone conversation between Irving and DiMaso, Rosalyn questions Irving about his latest dealings, then insists on joining him for Carmine's party. During the event, Irving is apprehensive when Carmine introduces the mobsters who control the U.S. casino business, in particular the powerful Victor Tellegio, whose reputation as a violent mafia-enforcer is legendary. Tellegio explains that if the investment group wants a gaming license in Atlantic City, Carmine will need to influence Congressmen who can expedite American citizenship for the sheikh. Suddenly, Tellegio startles everyone by speaking in Arabic to the fake sheikh and the scheme almost unravels, until a drunken partygoer interrupts and Hernandez is able to remember a few Arabic phrases. Wanting proof that the sheikh's investment is valid, Tellegio asks for $10 million dollars to be wired into the bank of his choice within the next two weeks. Elsewhere at the party, Sydney and Rosalyn confront each other after Rosalyn threatens to disrupt the evening by flirting with one of Tellegio's employees, Pete Musane. Later, at Sydney's apartment, DiMaso tells "Edith" that he loves her. Tired of pretending, Sydney confesses that "Edith Greensley" is a false identity and reveals her American accent. As they argue, Irving arrives and confronts DiMaso, furious that the zealous agent has risked their lives by involving the mafia. After DiMaso leaves, Sydney and Irving discuss their options and realize they must rely on each other to extricate themselves from the FBI operation. Meanwhile, DiMaso disobeys his boss and obtains approval from U.S. chief prosecutor, Anthony Amado, to reserve an entire floor of the Plaza Hotel for secretly videotaping politicians accepting bribes. Using introductions from Carmine, DiMaso successfully records several Congressmen taking briefcases of money in exchange for preferential treatment for the sheikh. Elsewhere, Rosalyn mentions to her new lover, Musane, that her husband appears to be in a "bind" with government agents, and immediately, Musane and one of his colleagues threaten Irving. As Irving assures them that Tellegio will receive the sheik's money this week, he is released and learns that Rosalyn is responsible for the leak. Afterward, Irving confronts his wife, persuading her to tell Musane that she was wrong about the government agents. Although Amado commends DiMaso for attempting to entrap Tellegio's mafia network in the scheme, he allows him only $2 million, not $10 million, as bait. Since Tellegio is unwilling to meet at the Plaza, Irving sets up a meeting at the office of Tellegio's attorney, Alfonse Simone. After DiMaso, Sydney, and Irving arrive, Simone apologizes that Tellegio is unavailable to attend and provides the bank account number for the wire transfer. During the conversation, Simone assures DiMaso they will use any means necessary, including illegal activity, to resolve permits and licenses. The hidden microphone in Sydney's purse records the incriminating comments, and DiMaso authorizes the $2 million transfer. Back at the FBI offices, DiMaso and his colleague celebrate as they look forward to convicting politicians and mobsters. Prior to the arrests, Irving goes to Carmine's home and confesses that the sheikh was a federal undercover operation. Devastated, the mayor and his wife push Irving out the door, and Irving forever regrets the loss of Carmine's friendship. Soon, the FBI discovers that the $2 million is missing and Alfonse Simone was an imposter set up by Irving and Sydney. The couple agrees to return the money in exchange for immunity from prosecution and a reduced sentence for Carmine. Meanwhile, DiMaso is disgraced and removed from the investigation. Afterward, Irving and Rosalyn finally agree to a divorce and joint custody of Danny. Rosalyn moves in with Musane, who informs Irving he is no longer in danger, since Tellegio is grateful that his organization was disentangled from the federal operation. As Sydney and Irving reunite, they leave behind their life of crime and open a legitimate art gallery. 

 
Genre: Drama
 
Subject Major: Confidence women
  Deception
  Romantic rivalry
  Swindlers and swindling
  Undercover operations
  United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation
 
Subject Minor: Art forgers and forgeries
  Bribery
  Camden (NJ)
  Casinos
  Discotheques
  Dry cleaners
  Flirtation
  Friendship
  Hair
  Hotels
  Infidelity
  Jazz music
  Jealousy
  Loan sharks
  Mafia
  Marriage
  Mayors
  New York City
  Plaza Hotel (New York City)
  Political corruption
  Sheiks
  Stepfathers
  Surveillance devices
  Threats

Note: The following text appears at the beginning of the film, "Some of this actually happened."
       End credits include the following acknowledgements: "Very special thanks to: Colin Wilson," and "The producers wish to thank: Anthony Amoroso; Holly Davis; John Good; Don Gordon; Paul Hanson; Leo Russell; Ashley Paige Swimwear; Dressing Vintage; Gucci; Halston; High Output; Maidenform Intimate Apparel; Manolo Blahnik; Massachusetts Film Commission; NYC Mayor's Office; The Plaza Hotel; Salvatore Ferragamo; Sid Feders and Envision Entertainment, LLC." End credits also include the following list of courtesies: "Have It Your Way" courtesy of Burger King Corp.; Audio courtesy of WCBS 880; Audio courtesy of 1010 WINS; Duke Ellington album cover courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment; Clip from I Love Lucy courtesy of CBS Broadcasting, Inc."
       As explained in a 22 Mar 2012 DV article, the project was initially titled American Bullshit and based on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) undercover "Abscam" operation that began in the late 1970s. The original script by writer Eric Warren Singer was included among the top ten titles on the 2010 Black List, an industry resource for unproduced screenplays. The article also mentioned that filmmaker Ben Affleck considered directing the picture.
       When director and co-writer David O. Russell joined the project, he reworked Singer's screenplay to incorporate fictional aspects, shifting the story away from the procedural details of the Abscam investigation, according to production notes on the Columbia Pictures website. Russell considered the picture as the "third part in a three-film evolution," focusing on a theme of reinvention that began with The Fighter (2010, see entry) and Silver Linings Playbook (2012, see entry).
       A 18 Jul 2012 DV article stated that Christian Bale was originally cast as "Irving Rosenfeld" and Bradley Cooper as "Richie DiMaso," but when Bale withdrew from the project, Cooper negotiated to switch roles and play the con-artist, while Jeremy Renner was selected as the FBI agent. Bale eventually rejoined the project and the filmmakers reverted to the original casting plan for the male leads, with Renner taking on the supporting role of "Mayor Carmine Polito."
       A 8 Oct 2012 HR article noted that principal photography was set for a mid-Feb 2013 start date, with a forty-two-day schedule, as stated in a 20 Apr 2013 LAT article. Location shooting in Boston, MA, was suspended in Apr 2013 due to the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombers. A 19 Apr 2013 Var article noted that the production planned to resume 22 Apr 2013. Locations also included Worcester, MA, as described in a 26 Apr 2013 Worcester Telegram & Gazette news item.
       According to a 1 Dec 2013 LAT article, the budget was $45 million.
       The film opened in limited release on 13 Dec 2013 at six theaters in Los Angeles, CA, and New York City, with an "impressive" weekend gross of $690,000, as reported in a 16 Dec 2013 LAT article. The strong box-office performance continued after the film broke nationwide on 20 Dec 2013. The 30 Dec 2013 LAT revealed that the picture had earned approximately $60 million after seventeen days in release.
       American Hustle was named one of AFI's Movies of the Year in 2013. The New York Film Critics Circle recognized the film as the best picture of 2013, along with Jennifer Lawrence as best supporting actress and best screenplay honors for Russell and Singer. The film was also nominated for seven Golden Globe awards: Best Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical for Amy Adams, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical for Christian Bale, Best Performance by an Actress In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for Jennifer Lawrence, Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for Bradley Cooper, Best Director - Motion Picture, and Best Screenplay - Motion Picture.

 

Note Credits: General (mod): Ben Affleck
  Geographic location: Boston Massachusetts United States
  Geographic location: Worcester Massachusetts United States

Source   Date   Page
Daily Variety   22 Mar 2012.   p. 1, 12.
Daily Variety   18 Jul 2012   p. 1, 12.
Hollywood Reporter   8 Oct 2012.   
Los Angeles Times   20 Apr 2013   Section D, p. 2.
Los Angeles Times   1 Dec 2013   Section D, p. 1.
Los Angeles Times   13 Dec 2013   Section D, p. 1.
Los Angeles Times   16 Dec 2013   Section D, p. 3.
Los Angeles Times   30 Dec 2013   Section D, p. 2.
New York Times   13 Dec 2013   Section C, p. 1.
Variety   19 Apr 2013.   
[Worcester] Telegram & Gazette   26 Apr 2013   Section B, p. 6.

 
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