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This article is about the 2013 film. For the 2007 film, see.

American Hustle is a 2013 American - directed by. It was written by and Russell, inspired by the FBI operation of the late 1970s and early 1980s. It stars and as two con artists who are forced by an FBI agent () to set up an elaborate sting operation on corrupt politicians, including the mayor of (Jeremy Renner). plays the unpredictable wife of Bale's character. on the film began on March 8, 2013, in and, and.

American Hustle had its nationwide release in the United States on December 13, 2013. It opened to wide acclaim from critics, who praised its writing and ensemble cast. The film received ten nominations at the, including,,, (Bale), (Adams), (Cooper), and (Lawrence), but did not win in any category. It received three, three including, and the.


In 1978, Irving Rosenfeld () and Sydney Prosser () have started a relationship and are working together. Sydney has improved Rosenfeld's scams, posing as English aristocrat "Lady Edith Greensly." Irving loves Sydney but is hesitant to leave his unstable wife Rosalyn (), fearing he will lose contact with his adoptive son Danny. Rosalyn has also threatened to report Irving to the police if he leaves her. agent Richie DiMaso () catches Irving and Sydney in a loan scam, but offers to release them if Irving can line up four additional arrests. Richie believes Sydney is English but has proof that her claim of aristocracy is fraudulent. Sydney tells Irving she will manipulate Richie, distancing herself from Irving.

Irving has a friend () pretending to be a wealthy Arab sheik looking for potential investments in America. An associate of Irving's suggests the sheik do business with Mayor Carmine Polito () of, who is campaigning to revitalize gambling in but has struggled in fundraising. Carmine seems to have a genuine desire to help the area's economy and his constituents. Richie devises a plan to make Mayor Polito the target of a, despite the objections of Irving and of Richie's boss, Stoddard Thorsen (). Sydney helps Richie manipulate an FBI secretary () into making an unauthorized wire transfer of,000,000. When Stoddard's boss, Anthony Amado (), hears of the operation, he praises Richie's initiative, pressuring Stoddard to continue.

Carmine leaves their meeting when Richie presses him to accept a cash bribe. Irving convinces Carmine the sheik is legitimate, expressing his dislike of Richie, and the two become friends. Richie arranges for Carmine to meet the sheik, and without consulting the others, has Mexican-American FBI agent Paco Hernandez () play the sheik, which displeases Irving. Carmine brings the sheik to a casino party, explaining mobsters are there and it is a necessary part of doing business. Irving is surprised to hear that boss Victor Tellegio (), right-hand man to, is present and that he wants to meet the sheik. Tellegio explains that the sheik needs to become an American citizen and that Carmine will need to expedite the process. Tellegio also requires a,000,000 wire transfer to prove the sheik's legitimacy.

Richie confesses his strong attraction to Sydney but becomes confused and aggressive when she drops her English accent and admits to being from Albuquerque. Rosalyn starts an affair with mobster Pete Musane (), whom she met at the party. She mentions her belief that Irving is working with the, causing Pete to threaten Irving, who promises to prove the sheik's investment is real. Irving later confronts Rosalyn, who admits she told Pete and agrees to keep quiet but wants a divorce. With Carmine's help, Richie and Irving videotape members of Congress receiving bribes. Richie assaults Stoddard in a fight over the money and later convinces Amado that he needs the,000,000 to get Tellegio, but gets only,000,000. A meeting is arranged at the offices of Tellegio's lawyer, Alfonse Simone (), but Tellegio does not appear.

Irving visits Carmine and admits to the scam, but says he has a plan to help him. Carmine throws Irving out and the loss of their friendship deeply upsets Irving. The federal agents inform Irving that their,000,000 are missing and that they have received an anonymous offer to return the money in exchange for Irving and Sydney's immunity and a reduced sentence for Carmine. It is revealed that the Alfonse Simone whom Richie had arranged the wire transfer with was a con man working with Irving and Sydney. Amado accepts the deal and Stoddard removes Richie from the case, which ends his career. The Congressmen are prosecuted and so is Carmine, who is sentenced to 18 months in prison. Irving and Sydney move in together and open a legitimate art gallery, while Rosalyn lives with Pete and shares custody of Danny with Irving.


Star in Paris at the film's French premiere, February 2014.


The film began as an screenplay titled American Bullshit. It was listed at #8 on the 2010 of unproduced screenplays. The production was set up at with and Richard Suckle producing through, who initially considered to direct before ultimately signed on to helm the film. Russell re-wrote Singer's screenplay, replacing the characters with caricatures of their respective real-life figures. Russel regarded "Hustle," a highly fictionalized version of the scandal of the late '70s and early '80s, as the third in a loose trilogy of films about ordinary people trying to live passionate lives.


started on March 8, 2013 and wrapped in May 2013. The film was shot in and around, Massachusetts (such as in ), and in New York City. Filming was put on hold in the aftermath of the with the city in lockdown. After lockdown was lifted, the film wrapped its Boston shoot and spent its final few days of production in New York City.


Director released the teaser trailer for the film on July 31, 2013, and a theatrical trailer was released on October 9, 2013. The film received nationwide US release on 13 December 2013.

Home media[]

American Hustle was released on and on March 18, 2014.


Critical response[]

American Hustle received critical acclaim, and the cast received praise for their performances, notably Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. Review aggregation website gives the film a 93% rating, based on 267 reviews, with an average score of 8.2/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Riotously funny and impeccably cast, American Hustle compensates for its flaws with unbridled energy and some of David O. Russell's most irrepressibly vibrant direction." gives a score of 90 out of 100, based on 47 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".

awarded the film four out of four stars, praising David O. Russell's directing and the relationship between Irving and Sydney, as well as Jennifer Lawrence's portrayal of Rosalyn. She writes: "For all its brashness and big personality, American Hustle is a character study at its core—an exploration of dissatisfaction and drive, and the lengths to which we're willing to go for that elusive thing known as a better life." of the gave the film an A+, especially complimenting Bradley Cooper's performance and stating that American Hustle was "the best time I've had at the movies all year." He later named it the year's best film. magazine's wrote, "American Hustle is an urban eruption of flat-out fun — the sharpest, most exhilarating comedy in years. Anyone who says otherwise must be conning you."

Peter Debruge of was critical of the film, calling it "a sloppy sprawl of a movie" and complaining that the improvisational performances overwhelm instead of adding to a coherent plot. He also went on to write that it "makes your brain hurt — and worse, overwhelms the already overcomplicated Abscam retelling at the center of the film."

Top ten lists[]

American Hustle was listed on many critics' top ten lists.

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Box office[]

American Hustle is Russell's highest-grossing film

Variety estimated the production budget at million. When producer Charles Roven was asked if the budget was in the to million area, he responded "I'd say that's a good zone."

The film earned 0.1 million in North American and 1.1 million in international markets for a total worldwide of 1.2 million. It made a net profit of million, when factoring together all expenses and revenues for the film.


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American Hustle received seven nominations; it won for, with Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence winning and respectively.

The film received 10 nominations, including,,, and, but did not win in any category. The film received the second highest number of nominations for a film which did not win any Oscars, a distinction it shares with and, after the 11 for 1977's and 1985's. It was the 15th film ever to be nominated in the four acting categories, and only the second since 1981, after 2012's, which Russell also directed. Of the fifteen such films, it joins only 1936's and 1950's to not win any acting awards.

The film took top honors at the, winning for Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture.

The film was nominated for 10, with Jennifer Lawrence winning for, and David O. Russell and Eric Warren Singer winning for.


In October 2014, science writer filed a lawsuit against Columbia Pictures based on a line in the film in which Rosalyn tells Irving that take the nutrition out of food, stating that she read so in an article by Brodeur. In real life, Brodeur has written books including The Zapping of America about the dangers of microwave radiation, but claims that he has never stated that the process removes a food's nutrition.

Historical accuracy[]

American Hustle does not attempt to directly document the events of. The names are changed, and the film begins with the on-screen message, "Some of this actually happened". Major departures from reality include:

  • In the film, Irving Rosenfeld begins a life of criminality when he smashes storefront windows as a child in order to provide more work for his father's glass-installation business. In real life, Melvin Weinberg began working for his father only as an adult. He did smash windows at that point, and according to one article after Abscam was revealed, it was indeed done to shore up business for Weinberg's father. A later report, however, states that it was done at the behest of the local union, to punish businesses who used non-union glaziers.
  • In the film, Camden mayor Carmine Polito is shown as a selfless politician who gets involved in the scam only to provide jobs to his constituents; Irving feels so bad for Carmine that he engineers a reduced sentence for him. In reality, Camden mayor had a reputation for committing crimes despite being widely praised for caring about the people of Camden. During the Abscam operation, he offered to get the fake sheik into illegal businesses such as money counterfeiting and drug smuggling. Though Weinberg developed a fondness for Errichetti as a man who "didn't beat around the bush", he made no attempt to protect Errichetti from prosecution.
  • , Weinberg's mistress on whom the character of Sydney Prosser is based, was involved in Weinberg's scams, though to a lesser extent than shown in the film; and she was not involved in Abscam. She was also English, not an American impersonating an English woman as shown in the film.
  • Weinberg's wife Cynthia Marie Weinberg, the basis for Rosalyn Rosenfeld, is not known to have had an affair with someone from the mafia, nor did she nearly blow Weinberg's cover. She was also of similar age to Melvin Weinberg, while the character of Rosalyn is portrayed as being significantly younger than her husband.
  • The character of Richie DiMaso is based to some extent on federal agent Tony Amoroso, although in real life Amoroso was just one of a number of agents involved in setting up and executing the scam.
  • In the film, the sheik is impersonated by a Mexican-American FBI agent. In real life, the sheik was played by two different agents: first briefly by an Irish-American, Mike Denehy, who spoke no Arabic, then by a Lebanese-American.


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