American Hustle is a crime comedy-drama film directed by David O. Russell from a screenplay written by Eric Warren Singer and Russell, loosely based on the FBI ABSCAM operation.
American Hustle is loosely based on the FBI ABSCAM operation of the late 1970s and early ’80s. It stars Christian Bale and Amy Adams as two con artists who are forced by an FBI agent (played by Bradley Cooper) to set up an elaborate sting operation on corrupt politicians, including the mayor of Camden, New Jersey (played by Jeremy Renner). Jennifer Lawrence plays the unpredictable wife of Bale’s character.
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Principal photography on American Hustle began on March 8, 2013 in Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts, and New York City. The film had its nationwide release in the United States on December 20, 2013. The film received critical acclaim and has been a box office success. It received ten Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay, and became the second film since 1981 to be nominated in the four acting categories, the first being Silver Linings Playbook, also directed by David O. Russell and also starring Cooper and Lawrence.
American Hustle won three Golden Globe Awards, the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture and is nominated for 10 BAFTA Awards, among other achievements.
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American Hustle Development
The film began its life as a screenplay titled American Bullshit, by Eric Warren Singer. The screenplay was listed at #8 on the 2010 Black List of unproduced screenplays. The film was set up at Columbia Pictures with Charles Roven and Richard Suckle producing through Atlas Entertainment, who initially considered Ben Affleck to direct before David O. Russell ultimately signed on to helm the film. Russell re-wrote Singer’s screenplay, replacing the characters with caricatures of their respective real-life figures.
Principal photography started on March 8, 2013 and wrapped in May 2013. The film was shot using locations in and around Boston, Massachusetts (such as in Worcester) and New York. Filming had to be put on hold in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings 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.
Christian Bale revealed in an interview that the majority of his character interactions were improvised in multiple takes in which he questioned David O. Russell about the plot. Russell responded that what he had wanted to focus on the characters, rather than the plot. To prepare for the role, Christian Bale gained 50 pounds.
Director David O. Russell released the teaser trailer for the film on July 31, 2013, and a theatrical trailer was released on October 9, 2013. In the United States, the film made its wide release on December 20, 2013.
American Hustle Cast
Several of the characters are fictional versions of specific real-life counterparts:
Christian Bale as Irving Rosenfeld (based on Melvin Weinberg)
Bradley Cooper as FBI Agent Richard “Richie” DiMaso (based on Anthony Amoroso, Jr.)
Amy Adams as Sydney Prosser / Lady Edith Greensly (based on Evelyn Knight)
Jeremy Renner as Mayor Carmine Polito (based on Angelo Errichetti)
Jennifer Lawrence as Rosalyn Rosenfeld (based on Cynthia Marie Weinberg)
Louis C.K. as Stoddard Thorsen
Jack Huston as Pete Musane
Saïd Taghmaoui as Irving’s Sheikh Plant
Michael Peña as Paco Hernandez / Sheikh Abdullah
Shea Whigham as Carl Elway
Alessandro Nivola as Anthony Amado
Elisabeth Röhm as Dolly Polito (based on Dolores “Dodie” Errichetti)
Colleen Camp as Brenda
Paul Herman as Alfonse Simone
Anthony Zerbe as a US Senator from New Jersey
Robert De Niro (uncredited) as Victor Tellegio (based on mobster Vincent Alo)
Erica McDermott as Carl Elway’s Assistant/Addie Abrams