American Hustle is a 2013 American crime comedy-drama 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 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 13, 2013 and was universally praised by critics, particularly for its cast. It 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.
Several of the characters are fictional versions of specific real-life counterparts:
- Christian Bale as con artist Irving Rosenfeld (based on Melvin Weinberg)
- Bradley Cooper as FBI agent Richard "Richie" DiMaso (based on Anthony Amoroso, Jr.)
- Amy Adams as con artist Sydney Prosser / "Lady Edith Greensly", Irving's partner (based on Evelyn Knight)
- Jeremy Renner as Mayor Carmine Polito (based on Angelo Errichetti who received a reduced sentence of 18 months)
- Jennifer Lawrence as Rosalyn Rosenfeld, Irving's wife (based on Cynthia Marie Weinberg)
- Louis C.K. as Stoddard Thorsen, Richie's boss.J
- ack Huston as Pete MusaneMichael Peña as FBI agent Paco Hernandez / "The Sheik"
- AbdullahShea Whigham as Carl Elway
- Alessandro Nivola as Anthony Amado, Stoddard's boss
- Elisabeth Röhm as Dolly Polito (based on Dolores "Dodie" Errichetti)
- Paul Herman as Edward Malone who, as a friend to Irving, was the substitute for lawyer Alphonse Simone
- Saïd Taghmaoui as Irv's Sheik Plant / Al from Queens
- Anthony Zerbe as U.S. Senator Horton Mitchell (likely based on U.S. Senator Harrison A. "Pete" Williams as he was also convicted in ABSCAM)Colleen Camp as Brenda
- Erica McDermott as Carl Elway's AssistantJ
- .J. Wright as Thigpen, a black divorce attorney of 20 years
- Robert De Niro as Mafia Overlord Victor Tellegio (based on mobster Vincent Alo) (uncredited)
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