‘American Hustle’ Trailer: Crime and Corruption, ’70s Style

Published 2 years ago by , Updated August 2nd, 2013 at 4:33 am,

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Director David O. Russell hasn’t exactly lacked in Hollywood clout during the last decade, having headed up such ambitious projects as the war-heist adventure Three Kings and sports drama The Fighter. However, 2012’s Silver Linings Playbook vaulted Russell into mega-success, with a more-than-respectable box office gross, critical goodwill, and multiple Oscar nominations – including a Best Actress win for Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire).

Apparently not one to let success pigeon-hole him, Russell will follow up last year’s hit with quite a different sort of film: American Hustle, a tale of high-flying criminals in 1970s-era New York and New Jersey. The project has debuted its first preview on Good Morning America, along with a short interview with the director himself.

American Hustle Trailer Christian Bale ‘American Hustle’ Trailer: Crime and Corruption, 70s StyleBased loosely on several true-life corruption scandals, American Hustle follows professional conman Irving Rosenfeld and partner Richie DeMaso as they are pulled into a caper larger and more dangerous than they could have imagined. The trailer doesn’t reveal much of the movie’s full narrative, but does do a great job showing off a huge cast of characters bedecked in period-appropriate costume. It also smoothly establishes the apparently raucous tone of the film, displaying a crew of criminals both entranced with their crazed lifestyle and menaced by it.

The interview with Russell that bookends the preview is somewhat more disposable. While he does give us a decent outline of who these characters actually are, he also does so in a way that feels bare-bones and somewhat effusive. One gets the idea that he’s genuinely excited about the film, but isn’t all that enthusiastic about appearing on a morning talk show. The real meat of the video lies in the preview.

American Hustle stars Christian Bale (The Dark Knight Rises), Bradley Cooper (The Hangover Part III), Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams (Man of Steel), Jeremy Renner (The Avengers), among many others.


American Hustle will boogie into theaters on December 13th, 2013.

Source: Good Morning America

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  1. I’m getting an Argo vibe based on the music used in the trailer and the cinematography but that’s not a knock.
    I just posted a similar comment in another article but I’ll repeat it here…
    I think this, 12 Years A Slave and Walter Mitty are shaping up to be the real frontrunners come awards season.

    • I’m also keeping my eyes on Out of the Furnace, also with Christian Bale. I was hoping Prisoners with Hugh Jackman would make the Oscars but I think it’s highly unlikely, I’m thinking it’ll just end up being a solid movie.

    • Now that you mention it, indeed an Argo-esque atmosphere.

    • There is still a lot of films to be released, maybe gravity gains some buzz and doesnt garret miller’s foxrunner come out this year? Also wolf of wallstreet and the butler

      • I forgot about Wolf of Wall Street but to be honest I was gonna list The Butler but I have a feeling that may be a bit cheesy…
        Now that I’ve said that it will win everything.

        • I felt like it could be cheesy well, i think atleast forrest whitaker will be good

  2. Right before I saw this, I was thinking “they better have some Led Zeppelin in this movie”… I’m very happy right now :D

  3. Wow, is it just me?! Christian Bale looks a bit like Steve Jobs back in the day. He even has that slishing ‘S’ accent in it.

    • I could be wrong but I think he might have that “S” naturally
      which he usually disguises in roles based on a couple
      of interviews years back where it was present.

  4. The gals look attractive in this in a trashy short of way.
    Just the way you want them to look sometimes.
    Anyway, the whole cast is dynamite here.

    • Yeah, I’ve always had a crush on Amy Adams and she looks pretty darn sexy here.

      • Doesn’t she. She turns the amperage and she glows.

      • Yes, finally we have an actress that can be smoking hot and CAN ACT at the same time…

        • I hope in Man Of Steel 2 they let Amy turn up the amps
          a bit showing her attractiveness that seemed to be almost
          dialed down in Man Of Steel to show Lois as a serious character.
          Lois can be shown to be a serious character and seriously attractive.

  5. Argo, but off the leash…

  6. Oscar season is gonna be better than summer, i imagine. I’m a bit underwhelmed by this summer (big hopes for Elysium) but from Sept to Dec we have Gravity, The Counselor, Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle, Out of Furnace, Twelve Years a Slave, Don Jon, Prisoners, etc. I don’t think i’ve ever had like a list of movies i was excited for during Oscar season, it’s usually one or two and then the rest sneak up on us.

  7. This looks terrific. What a cast! Should be an Oscar contender.