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The Art of the Steal (2013)

  • Rate: 6.5/10 total 3,042 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Crime
  • Release Date: 20 June 2014 (UK)
  • Runtime: 90 min
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The Art of the Steal (2013)


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  • IMDb page: The Art of the Steal (2013)
  • Rate: 6.5/10 total 3,042 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Crime
  • Release Date: 20 June 2014 (UK)
  • Runtime: 90 min
  • Filming Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
  • Gross: $39,670 (USA) (14 March 2014)
  • Director: Jonathan Sobol
  • Stars: Kurt Russell, Jay Baruchel, Katheryn Winnick | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Grayson Matthews   
  • Soundtrack: Going Down to Tia Juana
  • Plot Keyword: Thief | Brother Brother Relationship | Written By Director

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Jonathan Sobol  screenplay

Known Trivia

  • When Crunch tells Nicky that Francie is his apprentice Nicky makes a comment about Crunch being a wizard. Jay Baruchel who plays Francie stared as a magical apprentice in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010). 9 of 11 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |
  • Jason Jones’ wife Samantha Bee, and Chris Diamantopoulos’ brother Gus lived next door to each other in the same downtown Toronto building. 1 of 2 found this interesting Interesting? YesNo |

Goofs: Errors in geography: When uncle Paddy is talking with the Reverend about "the Gospel according to James" robbery in Amsterdam, you see a guy running through the Streets in a city. He stumbles into a car with Italian license plate. Also in background you see a billboard with the text "tea ecologica". The police officer who's chasing the guy wears a uniform which is clearly not dutch. Lastly the street signs are not the kind which you will find in Amsterdam. All those things suggest that this was not filmed in Amsterdam but more supposedly in Italy.

Plot: Crunch Calhoun, a semi-reformed art thief, agrees to get his old gang back together to pull off one last heist. Full summary » |  »

Story: Crunch Calhoun (Kurt Russell), a third rate motorcycle daredevil and semi-reformed art thief, agrees to get back into the con game and pull off one final lucrative art theft with his untrustworthy brother, Nicky (Matt Dillon). Reassembling the old team, Crunch comes up with a plan to steal a priceless historical book, but the successful heist leads to another far riskier plan devised by Nicky. They fail to realize each other’s separate agendas when their plan goes awry in this con movie about honor, revenge and the bonds of brotherhood. Written byProduction

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Leah Jaunzems known as associate producer
  • Marek Posival known as line producer
  • Jeff Sackman known as executive producer
  • Noah Segal known as executive producer
  • Mark Slone known as executive producer
  • Nicholas Tabarrok known as producer
  • Bob Weinstein known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Kurt Russell known as Crunch Calhoun
  • Matt Dillon known as Nicky Calhoun
  • Jay Baruchel known as Francie Tobin
  • Kenneth Welsh known as 'Uncle' Paddy MacCarthy
  • Chris Diamantopoulos known as Guy de Cornet
  • Katheryn Winnick known as Lola
  • Jason Jones known as Interpol Agent Bick
  • Terence Stamp known as Samuel Winter
  • Devon Bostick known as Ponch
  • Elle Downs known as Female Border Guard
  • Durward Allan known as Julius Friedman
  • Rob deLeeuw known as Van Der Beer
  • Karyn Dwyer known as Ginger
  • Christopher Dyson known as Ranking Officer
  • Jasmin Geljo known as Detective Brodowski
  • Vieslav Krystyan known as Detective Kumik
  • Maria Lerinman known as Belly dancer
  • Eugene Lipinski known as Bartkowiak
  • Scott McCrickard known as Beefy Man #1
  • Stephen McHattie known as Dirty Ernie
  • Alan C. Peterson known as Reverend Herman Headly
  • Joe Pingue known as Carmen
  • Dax Ravina known as Sunny
  • Camilla Scott known as Olga Something-Long
  • Jon Steinberg known as Stoned Ice cream truck driver
  • Juan Carlos Velis known as The Construction Worker
  • Mike Wilmot known as Detroit Border Guard
  • K. Trevor Wilson known as Beefy Guy #2
  • Steven Lee Wright known as George
  • Sandy Kellerman known as (voice) (uncredited)
  • Ron Laugher known as Passerby (uncredited)
  • Michael McNaughton known as Carnie (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Dennis Liddiard known as personal makeup artist
  • Traci Loader known as makeup department head
  • Josie Stewart known as hair department head

Art Department:

  • Andra Fay Butler known as first assistant art director
  • Mary Kirkland known as lead dresser




Production Companies:

  • Weinstein Company, The (present)
  • Sony Pictures (present)
  • Entertainment One (present)
  • Darius Films

Other Companies:

  • Complete Post Accounting  post accounting


  • Entertainment One (2013) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • RADiUS-TWC (2014) (USA) (theatrical)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Storm FX

Visual Effects by:

  • Ben Brommell known as junior compositor
  • Alon Isocianu known as vfx creative director: reactiv post
  • Michael Morey known as visual effects artist
  • Phil Prates known as digital compositor
  • Phil Prates known as digital matte painting
  • Chris Wallace known as digital intermediate colourist

MPAA: Rated R for language throughout including some sexual references



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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Posted on March 19, 2014 by Harry in Movies | Tags: , .


  1. Michael Yates
    19 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    If you love heist movies like me then you will love this one…withoutspoiling, it has all the ingredients for a good heist movie:protagonist is hard done by antagonist; trust is burnt; work togetheragain for a big score; can they trust each other again? But what I likeabout this movies is the intricate story…there are things afoot andthey're not twelve inches…Can you work it out? I had a rough ideawithout working out the details but I still loved it…. works muchbetter than Now You See Me in my opinion…has a B grade movie feel butan A grade kick in the pants at the end…I do like Kurt Russell andMatt Dillon. And it is great to see Kenneth Welsh…A very GoodMovie…

  2. garwhite44 from Canada
    19 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    What a great ride!

    I'm Canadian, and nothing kills me more (being a Canadian) than sayingthat there is an undeniably 'crappy' feel to most, if not all, Canadianproductions. That being said, this movie was actually really good.Great performances from most of the cast, really great to see KennethWelsh and Terence Stamp adding some credibility to whole thing.

    As far as heist movies go, this one is fairly typical but theproduction/editing really pull it together. Kurt Russell does a greatjob along with Baruchel and Winnick and my usual aversion to MattDillon was even kept in check to some degree. Nice little twist-up atthe end even if it was somewhat predictable. Also Some pretty funnyscenes and exchanges, especially if you watch the outtakes in thecredits.

    All in all a great film with a surprisingly good feel.

  3. lunchboxwanderer from United States
    19 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    I can't put my finger on it though. I liked the characters, the actorsand the idea.

    It may have something to do with the fact that it tried too much to belike a "Guy Ritchie" London gangster movie.

    Those are some of my favorite movies. Action packed, characters toostupid to get out of their own way, double crossing friends, andwinning in spite of your incredible incompetence.

    'Art of the Steal,' I think, tried to be that but fell short. The firsthalf of it didn't do enough to create an anticipation for the secondhalf when the gang of misfits gets back together for "the BIG JOB."

    In the end, it just wasn't funny enough.

  4. Sammy Jankis from Prague, Czech Republic
    19 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    This is a failed attempt to make a funny heist movie. Unfortunatelymost of the characters are just clowns and the level of humor is ratherembarrassing. The heist elements are weak as well and I wonder howsomebody dares to make a heist movie based on such obvious tricks.However, what makes this movie worth watching (at least the first 10minutes) is its portrayal of Poland that is truly hilarious.

    ***SPOILER of first 10 minutes***

    There is a popular belief among north American directors that thesoviet Russia starts on the eastern border of Germany. Countries likePoland, Czech Republic and Slovakia are full of dark streets, everybodyspeaks Russian and nothing works as it should. This movie goes furtherthan most showing a Polish gulag-style prison and the protagonistsuggest all Polish prisons are dark hellholes where toothless inmateshave to share beds and are locked in huge cages. The portrayal ofPoland is so hilarious I almost forgot how bad the movie was and waslaughing really hard. Unfortunately, this is the only funny moment inthe movie.

    Most heist movie start with a short heist that showcases theintelligence of the script. In this movie they switch a picture buthave to move it across the whole town to a forger (who could have beensitting in the next room) who is stupid enough to leave the paintingwet so that even the most stupid Russian-style mafia boss can recognizethe fake upon touching the priceless painting (which is too stupid evenfor a stupid boss).

    ***END OF SPOILER***

    There are many modern heist movies similar to Ocean's Eleven that areworth watching so I don't really see a reason why anybody should watchthis one. If you want to see a good way to steal paintings, watch TheBest Offer but avoid this rubbish (especially if you are Polish).

  5. Maciej Sprawka from Poland
    19 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    This contains spoilers only for the first 5 minutes of the movie. Sofeel free to read on.

    I mean, how the F can somebody be so inconsiderate to portrait Polandlike this? They filmed in Poland but didn't do any frigging researchabout the damn country. Let me walk you trough the first 5 minutes. Itstarts in the Wronki Prison. Have they even been there? What the hell?!That does not look like a polish prison. You want to see how a polishprison and their cells look like? Just watch any clip from the movieSymetria. Nobody is barred in cages like that. The warehouse/cages looklike some soviet gulag! That is nothing like a polish prison.

    Second of all, right after the first prison scene, we have an aerialshot of a bridge with a SOVIET SONG from Belarus (!!!!)in thebackground. What the hell Canada?

    Next scene. 2 thugs in tracksuits. Thugs in Poland don't weartracksuits for at least 10 years now.

    And Polish police would not chase down with motorbikes down the stairsof the subway, not to mention going into the metro car in amotorcycle!!! That is just outrageous.

    But hold on. It's not over yet. When the bikes chase each other, thecamera shows 2 babushkas!!!! THAT DOES NOT EXIST IN POLAND!

    Who the heck is so dumb to portrait Poland like some soviet country?This seriously looks like Russia, and I am personally offended. Youcanadians should be ashamed. I would suspect such lack of professionalfilmmaking and writing from a typical B plan from Hollywood.

    canada, you have lost my respect in filmmaking for this foolishness

  6. Daniel B from Hungary
    19 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    To be honest, I've only watched the first 30 minutes of the film,because I haven't seen a single plot point or character intriguingenough to make me continue. But during these thirty minutes there wereheist/con movie clichés enough for 3 other films. It's got a kind of acomedic undertone, which would go well with the not- so-serious mood ofthese con movies, except that it hasn't got any good laughs, whichmakes the movie feel a little childish. The main storyline involvingforging and stealing artworks is exactly like every other film aboutstealing artworks. The characters are unoriginal too, and I couldn'tcare less about them. So don't repeat my mistake, even 30 minutes istoo much time to waste on this one.

  7. Jesse Boland from Burnaby, BC Canada
    19 Mar 2014, 5:00 pm

    This just doesn't happen enough, and really it was the 80's in myopinion since Canada actually made a good caper/heist movie. Most ofthis cast is Canadian, and top quality, it is a nice change really tonot have just one, or two big name Canadians, then just a lot of freshfaces. The story is very good. I think they should go back, and fixthat one Flashback phone call that the wording is different, and thatwould make this movie work completely. The Double cross is predictable,but fulfilling, and a great scene with the gang standing in the coldreally freezing their faces off. I got everything out of this moviethat I want from any movie, the story kept my interest, the charactersfelt real, and fleshed out for the most part, and the ending has towork. So with my needs met, I Enjoyed this one from the start KurtRussell is great I want more Snake Plissken after seeing this. I dorecommend this movie, and I hope it does really well, I mentioned thatthere is a major break in the reveal that needs to be fixed, but it isstill a great movie, and if you miss the break all the better.

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