New Trailer for David O. Russell’s ‘American Hustle': Everybody Hustles to Survive

Published 2 years ago by , Updated October 14th, 2013 at 7:55 am,

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It was only last year when David O. Russell released Silver Linings Playbook, which grossed $236 million worldwide (a career-high for Russell) and earned Jennifer Lawrence a Best Actress Oscar for her performance. The filmmaker is back in 2013 with American Hustle, which reunites him with Playbook duo Lawrence and Bradley Cooper in front of the camera – alongside The Fighter costars Christian Bale and Amy Adams – in addition to fellow Playbook alum Robert De Niro, as well as such “Russell-verse” newcomers as Jeremy Renner, Michael Peña and Louis C.K.

American Hustle – based on a script written by Russell and Eric Warren Singer (The International) – takes it cues from the FBI’s ABSCAM sting operation in the 1970s. The story revolves around an eccentric federal agent (Cooper), who teams with a master con artist (Bale) and his equally skilled partner-in-crime/mistress (Adams) in an effort to blow the lid on the under-handed dealings between a number of corrupt politicians, government figureheads and mobsters – including, the volatile mayor (Renner) of an impoverished New Jersey city.

The first trailer focuses more on highlighting the semi-farcical portrait of 1970s culture painted in American Hustle (which has already earned the nickname “David O. Russell’s Argo“), in addition to the raw emotional conflicts and messy humanity that are the director’s trademarks. A newly-unveiled theatrical previews offer a bit more insight in terms of the narrative, but Russell’s films have always been more about the characters and their interactions – see how Lawrence (playing Bale’s hot mess of a neglected younger housewife) throws a wrench in the proceedings – as opposed to being plot-driven, a la Ben Affleck’s Best Picture winner, Argo.

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In all fairness, Argo and American Hustle are very much different examinations of unrelated events that happened to occur during a certain time in American history; though, both seem to have related implications for where we are as a society and culture today (we’ll skip any easy political jokes) and use grainier cinematography to reflect the period setting. Having said that, Affleck’s film is closer to well-made historical/thriller entertainment, whereas American Hustle reads as being harder to nail down in terms of genre. (Is it a comedy, drama, thriller – or all three at once?)

Of course, the madcap ride is part of the appeal when it comes to Russell’s films, and American Hustle looks to offer just that (with excellent performances from the entire cast to boot). It’s going to be a competitive awards season, judging by the contenders this year – including, the newly-released Gravity, along with upcoming titles like 12 Years a Slave, The Monuments Men and The Wolf of Wall Street (among other). Nevertheless, look for Russell’s movie to get its fair share of attention from Academy members and regular movie-lovers alike.


American Hustle begins a limited theatrical release on December 13th, 2013, before it goes wide on Christmas Day.

Source: Sony

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  1. Finally, Christian Bale is the fattest guy in the film.

  2. I’m really looking forward to this movie, I hope it’s as good as it looks.

  3. David O Russel’s work is always a good time.

    Any Adams AND Jennifer Lawrence?

    I’m THERE!

    • * AMY

      • So, not just any old Adams will do? Haha, I agree, I’m also there.

  4. Does anybody else think Christian Bale sounds a lot like Robert DeNiro.

    • Haha, I was thinking the exact same thing in the final scene of his in the trailer. That shaky nod and the voice was eerily similar to De Niro.

  5. I’m predicting it right now. This film is going to win best picture. It’s going to be one of the best we’ve seen in 5 years. The best we’ve seen from David O. Russell, even over the Fighter and Silver Linings. The best we’ve seen from Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, and Jeremy Renner. The best we’ve seen from Robert De Niro in maybe 20 years. I’m calling it right now.

    • Ill say it wont win best picture, also is deniro even in the film? Here is why it wont win, because david o. Russel could be the most least respected director in hollywood because he is a jerk. Im not saying that from my mouth, but from
      what i have heard from others. He has never been respected and never will thats why his movies dont win. Cause silver linings playbook was very capable.

      • I could really care less what wins and what doesn’t win the Oscars anymore. What I meant to say is that it will be the best film of the year, not necessarily winning Best Picture. Hollywood is all politics. I could care less about the box office, the visual effects, and all that nonsense. People just don’t know quality movies. Maybe 3 come out per year and that’s in a good year. Just as an example, 2012 had great movies with Argo, Silver Linings, The Avengers, and TDKR all out in the same year plus it had some good movies in Les Miserables, Lincoln, Django Unchained, and Skyfall. Bad example. That was an uncharacteristic year. 2011’s best film was Moneyball. The only good movies that year, other than this, were Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II and Hugo. 2010 had The Fighter, Inception, True Grit, and Toy Story 3. 2009 had Star Trek, Up, and The Hurt Locker. 2008 had The Dark Knight, Tropic Thunder, and then Iron Man. You get the point. Back in the Golden Age, from 1930-1960, a classic could be released any given week. A pure testament to my cause is this and other movie sites. Why does a star-loaded film with Oscar aspirations get less views and less comments than something like Spiderman or Man of Steel? And David O. Russell has improved his reputation these past few years. The fact that actors this high up still work with him may mean that he is forgiven but Hollywood is just political. Go to the movie and make your own decisions. Critics are just people getting paid to do the same

    • A black directed film will finally win
      12 years a slave
      Steve McQueen the first black man to win best director

      • That is my prediction as well, only thing that has a chance to topple it may be gravity. Much like the avatar and hurt locker year. The film that is more drama and less spectacle will win the award

  6. Jeremy Renner is showing something new here reminding me a bit of Harvey Keitel.
    The players all seem to be bringing their ‘A’ game to the table, and maybe we will be
    reminded Robert De Niro is a great actor after a couple of decades of forgettable roles.

    Everyone looks suitably somewhat seedy with the gals looking attractive in
    a trashy sort of way, just the way we want them to to look sometimes.

  7. Looks cool.

  8. I couldn’t care less whether or not David O. Russel is an arsehole or not, Bale hasn’t exactly got the reputation for being the easiest of people to be around. They make great movies and I will be looking forward to this, giving me a bit of early Christmas Spirit.

    Oh and I hope it does win some awards, couldn’t care less personally about the Oscars but the Actors/Directors/Crew (maybe not the Crew) obviously like the recognition it gives them.

    I cant even watch the ceremonies as I find it cringe worthy watching a bunch of luvvies blowing smoke up each others arses but that’s the world they live in I guess.

    • Actually despite one incident bale has been reported to being very friendly amd dedicated to his work. While being one of the few celebs to never turn down someone who ask for an autofraph.

      • His own family had him arrested for assault so it’s not just one incident. Look I didn’t say he wasn’t a nice person he has admitted to being very intense and hard to be around is all.

        • Didn’t they do something to his wife or something? Eh don’t really know the whole story and don’t really care to be honest lol. I’ve heard plenty food things about Bale and he’s one of the best actors working today, that’s more then enough for me to like him. Either way, he’s still just human.

          • That is exactly the point I was making I don’t care what he does in his own time (within reason) I like his movies and agree he is one of the best in the business. All I did was reply to a comment Trey made about Russell not winning an Oscar because people in the business don’t like him???

            In addition all these stories are reported on by the media and no doubt get sensationalized to the point they never reflect what truly happened.

  9. The acting by everyone and sensing not too much is given away in the trailer has me sold.

  10. boy christian bale has Really taken it all out on his body after hearing the ben affleck casting…

    • Hurawl!?!?