American Hustle

American Hustle

American Hustle is a 2013 American black comedy crime film directed by David O. Russell. It was written by Eric Warren Singer and Russell, inspired by the FBI ABSCAM operation of the late 1970s and early 1980s. It stars Christian Bale and Amy Adams as two con artists who are forced by an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) to set up an elaborate sting operation on corrupt politicians, including the mayor of Camden, New Jersey (Jeremy Renner). Jennifer Lawrence plays the unpredictable wife of Bale's character. Principal photography on the film began on March 8, 2013, in Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts, and New York City. 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 86th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor (Bale), Best Actress (Adams), Best Supporting Actor (Cooper), and Best Supporting Actress (Lawrence), but did not win in any category. It received three BAFTA Awards, three Golden Globe Awards including Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

Genre: Crime, Drama
Production: Sony Pictures
  Nominated for 10 Oscars. Another 70 wins & 208 nominations.
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Richie DiMaso:
I know you think - look at me, hey, Edith - I know you think Irv loves you. I know you think you know him. You think that he sees the world as this cold, dark place. He cares about nobody but a very few people on a short list: His son, his father, Rosalyn, and you. You think you're on the top of the list? What if you're not? What if you're not on that list? What if you're not even on that list at all? He'd be in here right now if he took the cheque, but no, you did. God, it's so clear to me, it's crazy, it's clear to me, but it's not clear to you. He uses you, Edith, to protect himself, to protect his son, and his wife in Long Island. No? Yes. He put a ring on her finger, he adopted her son. They have a huge house and they have two huge cars, what does she do all day? I'll tell you what she does: She plays with her nails, she watches TV, and she spends your money; the money that you make.


Richie DiMaso:
I don't like that you're in jail while he's going free, I don't like any of that, I want to help you. All the razzle-dazzle that he does? It's not good, it's not real, it's fake, it's not real. Who you are is who you are, between you and God. You and your soul, that's what matters, that's what counts, that's what I'm about. That's what I see in you. Tell me you didn't feel it the first time we saw each other? Am I crazy? I don't think so.


Richie DiMaso:
I'm not supposed to be talking like this, but I don't care, I break the rules.

[takes a deep breath]

Richie DiMaso:
Okay, Edith, Edith, I wanna help you. I like you.


Richie DiMaso:
I like you.


Richie DiMaso:
I like you.

Sydney Prosser:
What the hell do you think you're doing?

Rosalyn Rosenfeld:
What do I think I'm doing? What the f*** do you think you're doing? You're going to come in here and judge me for flirting with someone else when you've been f***ing my husband for how many years?

Sydney Prosser:
You don't have any f***ing clue what's going on!

Rosalyn Rosenfeld:
I have a ring on my finger. We have a child together!

Sydney Prosser:
He doesn't love you, Rosalyn. He loves me. And you know it, and I know it, and he knows it. And it might be done now, but it was beautiful, and it was real...

Rosalyn Rosenfeld:
Stop it.

Sydney Prosser:
-and we loved each other.

Rosalyn Rosenfeld:
Shut up.

Sydney Prosser:
You scare him, and you manipulate him, and you use your son!

Rosalyn Rosenfeld:
Well, he must like it on some level. He must want it, because he keeps coming back for it. It's like that perfume that you love, that you can't stop smelling even when there's something sour in it. Can't get enough of it. Well guess what? He's never gonna leave me. He's always going to want me, and I will make you so sorry, Edith. I will make you so sorry for what you've done to my family. Mark my words!

Sydney Prosser:
That is f***ed up! I would never say anything that f***ed up to anybody, but you do because you're gross inside. You're so f***ed up and gross.

Rosalyn Rosenfeld:
Oh, I'm gross inside?

Sydney Prosser:

Rosalyn Rosenfeld:
Maybe you're gross inside. What, robbing people and all that sh*t that you do? Maybe we're both gross inside. That's what Irving loves about us. At least he's consistent. You know, sometimes in life, all you have are f***ed up, poisonous choices.

[She kisses Sydney and laughs]

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  • Bev Hallenbeck
    Bev Hallenbeck
    Rosalyn- "I put out the fire.....the fire is out"
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