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The Big Heist (2001)

Jimmy Burke is a small time hood, who has one final chance to make the biggest score of his life.


Robert Markowitz


Ernest Volkman (book), John Cummings (book) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Sutherland ... Jimmy Burke
John Heard ... Richard Woods
Jamie Harris ... Frankie Burke
Janet Kidder ... Maria
Nick Sandow ... Henry Hill
Michael P. Moran Michael P. Moran ... Louis the Whale
Joe Pingue ... Marty Krugman
Bo Rucker Bo Rucker ... Stax Edwards
Rocco Sisto ... Tommy DeSimone
Robert Morelli Robert Morelli ... Angelo Sepe
Joe Maruzzo ... Paolo Falcone
Gino Marrocco Gino Marrocco ... Paulie Vario
Sam Coppola ... Paul Castellano
Steven Randazzo Steven Randazzo ... John Gotti
Craig Eldridge Craig Eldridge ... Agent Billings


Jimmy Burke is a small time hood, who has one final chance to make the biggest score of his life.

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Crime | Drama




USA | Canada



Release Date:

10 June 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A nagy rablás See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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An OK gangster heist movie
10 March 2014 | by OJTSee all my reviews

This is a heist and gangster comedy about stupid gang of criminals. The film is Based upon the book "The heist" by Ernest Volkman and John Cummings, and has a good cast, topped by David Sutherland. The film is based on some of the years of the real James "Jimmy" Burke's life, also called "The Irishman".

It's a true story, but still I think this resembles other heist comedies like "Lockout, stock and two smoking barrels" and such, but doesn't have the budget nor the roughness, but still it's is more funny and smart where it lacks the other qualities.

Still it's really not functioning that well, and it's a bit strange why. It's difficult to point out why this isn't a hidden gem, but just another heist movie. With such a cast - and the acting is fine as well - it's almost a riddle, because the film fails to entertain the way it really should. It's probably down to the script. Maybe it's because the film fails at being a comedy? It starts off like a real comedy, but it fails on being funny after that. It's merely filled with stupid men, of which many does mistakes. And that's not enough. Quite interesting, though, since it's telling a true story.

It also uses music in an extremely annoying way. Good tunes, not really that suitable, rather misplaced and mixed too loud in the mix. Amateurish, and it adds to the film not being a big success.

It comes out mediocre, and more or less only for the fans of the genre, though it should have been at least a cult classic. It wants to be smart, but comes out quite ordinary.

If you really want to watch a smart hues movie, go watch "The bank job".

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