Gene Hackman, Danny DeVito, Delroy Lindo, Rebecca Pidgeon, Sam Rockwell, Ricky Jay
Widescreen; closed caption; English, French audio tracks; French, Spanish, English subtitles; theatrical trailer.
|After praiseworthy jaunts into period drama ("The Winslow Boy") and inside-the-movie-biz comedy ("State & Main"), writer/director David Mamet returns to the shady underworld of crosses, double-crosses and triple-crosses that marked his signature films such as "The Spanish Prisoner" and "House of Games." "Heist" is well acted by a respectable cast and carried along by a couple of capers that hold your attention. It's reasonably distracting. It just doesn't feel as fresh as previous, comparable Mamet material. Career thief Joe Moore (Gene Hackman) and his partners (Delroy Lindo, Ricky Jay) run afoul of their fence, Bergman (Danny DeVito), when a robbery goes awry. As a result, Moore is backed into doing one more big heist before he can retire. Bergman's shifty young lieutenant (Sam Rockwell) is aboard to keep an eye on things, but he also has eyes for Moore's young wife (Rebecca Pidgeon). You expect betrayals and clipped, slightly strained dialogue and you get 'em.|