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Tower Heist (2011)

  • Rate: 6.3/10 total 31,579 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Comedy | Crime
  • Release Date: 4 November 2011 (USA)
  • Runtime: 104 min
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Tower Heist (2011)


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  • IMDb page: Tower Heist (2011)
  • Rate: 6.3/10 total 31,579 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Comedy | Crime
  • Release Date: 4 November 2011 (USA)
  • Runtime: 104 min
  • Filming Location: Astoria, Queens, New York City, New York, USA
  • Budget: $75,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $78,009,155(USA)(29 January 2012)
  • Director: Brett Ratner
  • Stars: Eddie Murphy, Ben Stiller and Casey Affleck
  • Original Music By: Christophe Beck   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | DTS (as Datasat Digital Sound) | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: FBI | Ponzi Scheme | Thief | Apartment | High Rise

Writing Credits By:

  • Ted Griffin (screenplay) and
  • Jeff Nathanson (screenplay)
  • Adam Cooper (story) &
  • Bill Collage (story) and
  • Ted Griffin (story)

Known Trivia

  • Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock were both considered for starring roles in this film at one point, with the film being developed as an “African American Ocean’s Eleven”. Murphy was eventually cast for a supporting role after Ben Stiller signed on as the lead.
  • Trump Tower in Manhattan was the stand-in for the “The Tower” in the film.
  • Greg Grunberg, who has a son suffering from epilepsy, demanded an apology from Brett Ratner after hearing a joke about seizures from the trailer. Ratner later apologized.
  • Fake snow was used when Slide teaches lock-picking at the rooftop. Filming took place in the summer.
  • The 1912 chess game Shaw references while talking to Kovacs is a real game, although rather than playing it out, Levitsky resigned after Marshall moved his Queen, realizing checkmate was inevitable. The “Marshall Swindle” term did not derive solely from that game, as it was a well known tactic of Frank Marshall’s to often play a game in a lazy or relaxed style that ceded his opponent the advantage. Just when he appeared to be in a totally lost position, he would summon up a marvelous tactical flight of fancy to smash his unaware opponent. Some of his defeated and frustrated opponents, believing that they had a moral right to the victory after having established decisive advantage, felt that Marshall had cheated them out of their just desserts often complained that they had been “swindled”. A well known “Marshall Swindle” occurred in a game between Marshall and Georg Marco in 1904.
  • The school (P.S. 104) that both Josh and Arthur Shaw claim to have attended in Brooklyn is known as a “magnet school for museum studies”. Ben Stiller starred in the Night at the Museum films.
  • Robert Redford was offered the role of Arthur Shaw, but turned it down.
  • The only improvised scene is when Odessa instructs Slide how to crack a safe in a very suggestive manner.
  • Noah Baumbach did re-writes specifically for the character Josh Kovacs, to suit Ben Stiller.
  • Josh Kovacs points out that The Boys from Brazil was Hitler clones. Ben Stiller’s mother Anne Meara played the adoptive mother of a Hitler clone in The Boys From Brazil.

Goofs: Factual errors: Miss Iovenko tells the FBI that she's licensed to practice law because she "passed the Bar three days ago." Getting a license to practice law in New York is vastly more complicated than that. In New York, it takes about 7 weeks for the scores to be released. Once the Board receives the passing scores, it certifies these scores and gives the applicant's case to the New York State Unified Court System. The Court awards a license as a lawyer and swears the applicant in as a member of the New York Bar. The applicant must then register as a lawyer in New York through the New York State Unified Court System.

Plot: When a group of hard working guys find out they've fallen victim to a wealthy business man's Ponzi scheme, they conspire to rob his high-rise residence. Full summary »  »

Story: Josh Kovacs is the manager of a residential apartment in New York. He is close to all the tenants, especially Arthur Shaw, a financier. One day Shaw is arrested by the FBI for fraud. Josh thinks it's a misunderstanding that can be resolved. But later he learns that the employees' pension which he asked Shaw to handle is gone. When one of the employees tries to kill himself, Josh's views of Shaw change. He goes to see him and loses his temper. He loses his job. The FBI agent in charge of Shaw tells him that Shaw might walk and recovering the pension fund is unlikely. She tells him that it's been rumored that Shaw has 20 million laying around if he needs. Josh thinks he knows where it is. So with two other employees who also lost their jobs and an evicted tenant, they set out to get into Shaw's penthouse to get the money. But they realise they need the assistance of someone who knows what they are doing…Written by  


Synopsis: Josh Kovacs is the building manager of The Tower, a high-rise luxury apartment complex on Central Park West in New York City whose employees include concierge Charlie, his brother in law; Enrique, an elevator operator; Lester, the doorman nearing retirement; Odessa, a maid; and Miss Iovenko, who furtively studies for her bar exam at work.

One morning Josh sees what appears to be a kidnapping of Tower tenant and wealthy businessman Arthur Shaw. Josh gives chase and almost catches him when he is clotheslined by FBI agent Claire Denham. Denham explains that Shaw wasn’t being kidnapped, he was attempting to flee arrest, accused of running a Ponzi scheme. Josh tells the Tower staff about Shaw’s arrest and explains that he gave Shaw their pension fund to invest, and their money is gone. Josh, Charlie and Enrique visit Shaw, under house arrest in his penthouse apartment. Josh tells Shaw that Lester attempted suicide after losing everything he had. Shaw expresses condolences but appears insincere. Josh responds by destroying the windows of a Ferrari 250 Shaw has on display in his apartment. The building’s owner is furious at Josh’s action and fires Josh, Charlie and Enrique.

Josh meets Denham at a bar and she invites him to get drunk. As they drink she says Shaw must have had a cash safety net and suggests in jest that he find and steal it. Josh gathers Charlie, Enrique, and former Tower tenant Mr. Fitzhugh to draw up a plan to steal Shaw’s money. Charlie brings up the obvious drawback that they are not thieves. Josh hires his neighbor, a petty criminal named Slide, to help. Slide trains the team but realizes he cannot do the robbery because he doesn’t know how to crack the safe in Shaw’s apartment. They bring in Odessa, whose family ran a locksmith business. Charlie tells Josh he’s been rehired as the Tower’s new manager, and Charlie warns Josh to stay away or he will have him arrested. Denham then tells Josh that a hearing for Shaw has been scheduled for Thanksgiving during the Macy’s Day Parade to avoid publicity, and Shaw will go free. Josh and his team decide to break into Shaw’s apartment during the parade.

The team reaches Shaw’s apartment, breaks down a false wall and finds Shaw’s safe behind it; Odessa opens the safe but finds it empty. Slide and Fitzhugh struggle for Slide’s gun; the gun goes off and a bullet hits the car, revealing gold underneath the Ferrari’s paint. They realize Shaw invested his cash in gold, had the gold melted down and cast into car parts, and then assembled the car in his apartment where the gold would be hidden in plain sight. Josh finds a ledger of Shaw’s illegal finances in the car’s glove box. They lower the car out the window into Fitzhugh’s old apartment six floors below, and then take it down to the lobby on top of an elevator. Just as they reach the lobby Agent Denham and Shaw return and take the same elevator back up. Denham sees Shaw’s safe and informs him that he did not declare the safe on an inventory of items taken when he was arrested, which is a violation of the conditions of his bail. She has him remanded back into custody.

Denham sees Lester using a stolen truck to try to escape from the building. She catches up to him, assuming he is fleeing with the Ferrari, but finds the truck empty. The FBI arrests him and Josh’s other accomplices. She personally handcuffs Josh and privately congratulates him. As Josh is being questioned by the FBI, Miss Iovenko arrives, telling the FBI that she passed her bar exam three days ago and is acting as Josh’s attorney. She shows them Shaw’s ledger and tells them she will turn it over in exchange for everyone’s freedom. The FBI accepts on the condition that Josh, being the primary conspirator, must serve a minimal two-year sentence.

The team retrieves the car from its hiding place in Shaw’s rooftop pool and send various parts of the car to Tower employees to compensate for their lost pensions. As the movie ends Shaw begins his life sentence and Josh is booked into jail, a satisfied smile slowly forming on his face.


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Bill Carraro known as executive producer
  • Brian Grazer known as producer
  • Karen Kehela Sherwood known as executive producer
  • Eddie Murphy known as producer
  • Kim Roth known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Ben Stiller known as Josh Kovacs
  • Eddie Murphy known as Slide
  • Casey Affleck known as Charlie
  • Alan Alda known as Arthur Shaw
  • Matthew Broderick known as Mr. Fitzhugh
  • Stephen Henderson known as Lester (as Stephen McKinley Henderson)
  • Judd Hirsch known as Mr. Simon
  • Téa Leoni known as Special Agent Claire Denham
  • Michael Peña known as Enrique Dev’Reaux
  • Gabourey Sidibe known as Odessa
  • Nina Arianda known as Miss Iovenko
  • Marcia Jean Kurtz known as Rose
  • Juan Carlos Hernández known as Manuel
  • Harry O'Reilly known as Special Agent Danszk
  • Peter Van Wagner known as Marty Klein, Esq.
  • Zeljko Ivanek known as Director Mazin
  • Lynne Rossetto Kasper known as Radio Host
  • Annika Pergament known as NASDAQ / News Reporter
  • Clem Cheung known as Kwan
  • Robert Downey Sr. known as Judge Ramos (as Robert Downey Sr. 'A Prince')
  • Max Russell Pratts known as Kid in Lobby
  • Nathan Malnik known as Kid in Lobby
  • Spencer Malnik known as Kid in Lobby
  • Jarod Malnik known as Kid in Lobby
  • Julie Vilanova known as Kid in Lobby
  • Cynthia Patsos known as Kid in Lobby
  • Kate Upton known as Mr. Hightower’s Mistress
  • Marilyn Kim known as Mrs. Jin
  • Judianny Compres known as Rita
  • Omar Nicodemo known as Tower Security
  • Dylan Ratigan known as News Reporter
  • Allie Woods Jr. known as Mr. Newhouse
  • Johnny Tran known as Huang
  • Monika Plocienniczak known as TV News Reporter
  • James Colby known as Special Agent Huggins
  • Edward Noone known as Special Agent
  • Frank Pesce known as Riker’s Prison Guard
  • Annie Park known as Girl in Mall
  • Christina Calph known as Victoria's Secret Saleswoman
  • Kevin Pariseau known as Swarovski Jewelry Salesman
  • Desmin Borges known as Modell's Sneaker Salesman
  • Jessica Szohr known as Sasha
  • Brian Distance known as Tower Security Officer
  • Village known as Tower Security Officer
  • Les Papp II known as Tower Security Officer
  • Michael Stratton known as Tower Security Officer
  • Chris Rivaro known as Doorman (as Christopher Arocho Rivaro)
  • Craig Castaldo known as Radioman
  • Heavy D known as Courthouse Guard (as Dwight 'Heavy D' Myers)
  • Veronika Korvin known as Maid
  • Robert Clohessy known as Parade Cop
  • Jan Owen known as Mrs. Cronan
  • Lucky Park known as Lucy the Dog
  • Robert Christian known as Arresting Special Agent
  • Mark Philip Patrick known as Arresting Special Agent
  • Paul Hickert known as Arresting Special Agent
  • Kelvin Davis known as Arresting Special Agent
  • Christopher Breslin known as Arresting Special Agent
  • Ty Jones known as Shaw's Prison Guard
  • Ted Lochwyn known as Shaw's Prison Guard
  • Madison Knopp known as Charlie and Sasha's Baby
  • Troy Hall known as Delivery Man
  • Julie T. Pham known as Huang's Wife
  • Bojun Wang known as Huang's Son
  • Juanita Howard known as Mr. Newhouse’s Wife
  • Bob Roseman known as Josh's Prison Guard
  • Rock Kohli known as Bagel-cart vendor
  • Stream known as Indian Sari Lady
  • Mike D. Anderson known as Slide's Guy (uncredited)
  • Andrew Ayala known as Parade Vendor (uncredited)
  • Bill Chemerka known as Maintenance Man (uncredited)
  • Alix Cross known as Student (uncredited)
  • John Farrer known as Upscale Resedent (uncredited)
  • Jane Gussin known as Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • Moe Hindi known as Tower Photographer (uncredited)
  • Rosemary Howard known as Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Ilan Krigsfeld known as Released Inmate (uncredited)
  • Debbie Lang known as Victoria Secret Shopper (uncredited)
  • Matt Lauer known as Himself (uncredited)
  • John A. Locke known as Gap Shopper (uncredited)
  • Gabriel Lopez known as Inmate (uncredited)
  • Leroy S. Mobley known as Parade Goer (uncredited)
  • Stephane Nicoli known as Parade Goer (uncredited)
  • Mark Pettograsso known as Prision Inmate – Rikers Island (uncredited)
  • Dennis Rees known as Press Photographer (uncredited)
  • Peter Riga known as Tower Guest (uncredited)
  • Mark Steiger known as Parade Goer (uncredited)
  • Barbara Vincent known as Neir's Bar waitress (uncredited)
  • Steven Weisz known as Doorman Tomas (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • John Caglione Jr. known as makeup department head
  • Sunday Englis known as key makeup artist
  • Lisa Hazell known as hair stylist
  • Michelle Johnson known as key hair stylist
  • Natasha Ladek known as wig maker: Ben Stiller
  • Sanja Milic known as additional makeup artist
  • Evelyne Noraz known as personal makeup artist: Tea Leoni
  • Kerrie Smith known as hair stylist: Tea Leoni

Art Department:

  • Greg Aharoni known as set dresser
  • I. Javier Ameijeiras known as assistant art director
  • Cesar Baptista known as construction grip
  • Steve Brennan known as on-set dresser
  • Wendy Brown known as assistant decorator
  • Katie Clinebelle known as props: re-shoot
  • Rashad Clinton known as construction grip
  • Caswell Cooke known as construction grip
  • David Cooney known as storyboard artist
  • Pete Dancy known as props
  • Miguel De Jesus known as industrial shop person
  • Joseph Deluca known as set dresser
  • Liza Donatelli known as prop coordinator
  • Natalie N. Dorset known as first assistant property master
  • Richard Bryan Douglas known as standby carpenter
  • Vanessa Frost known as construction shop manager
  • Daniel Geary known as carpenter
  • Peter Gelfman known as property master
  • Jonathan Graham known as key construction grip
  • Orey Graham known as construction grip
  • Jonathan Huggins known as props
  • Claire Kirk known as art department coordinator
  • Jessica Kosky known as scenic artist apprentice
  • Paul Alexander Larkin known as set dresser
  • Peter Levitsky known as set dresser
  • Ralph Lucci known as picture car coordinator
  • Brian Mannain known as set dresser
  • Nick Miller known as construction coordinator
  • Christine Moosher known as assistant set decorator
  • Jeff Naparstek known as set dresser
  • Michael Lee Nirenberg known as scenic artist
  • Steven R. Paquette known as construction grip
  • Jessie Pellegrino known as art department assistant
  • John Pollard known as assistant art director
  • Mark Pollard known as graphic artist
  • Stephen Powers known as set dresser
  • Blythe R.D. Quinlan known as assistant art director
  • Diane Rich known as scenic artist foreman
  • Julio Daniel Rodriguez known as set dresser
  • Nithya Shrinivasan known as assistant art director
  • Robert Topol known as master scenic artist
  • M. Tony Trotta known as camera scenic artist
  • Marie Lynn Wagner known as assistant art director
  • Dave Weinman known as leadman
  • Anastasia White known as second art department coordinator
  • Bentley Wood known as second assistant property master
  • Denis Zack known as set dresser




Production Companies:

  • Universal Pictures (presents)
  • Imagine Entertainment (presents)
  • Relativity Media (in association with)
  • Rat Entertainment

Other Companies:

  • Back Lot Music  soundtrack
  • Big Film Design  visual effects
  • Company 3 NY  digital intermediate (as Company 3)
  • Digital Media Services (DMS)  digital marketing asset management
  • Dolby Laboratories  sound mix
  • Dsire Design  official website design
  • Gotham Sound  walkies provided by
  • Grant Wilfley Casting  background casting
  • Henry's International Cuisine  catering
  • Intelligent Media  international monitoring agency
  • Post Factory NY  additional post-production office
  • Rat Media Productions  EPK produced by (partnered with Blue Collar Productions)
  • Sixteen19  post production services
  • Vantage Film  HAWK anamorphic lenses provided by
  • Varèse Sarabande  soundtrack


  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2011) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2011) (Croatia) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2011) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • EDKO Film (2011) (Hong Kong) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2011) (Israel) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2011) (Malaysia) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2011) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Ational Pictures (UIP) (2011) (Slovenia) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2011) (Austria) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2011) (Bulgaria) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures Canada (2011) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Ational Pictures (UIP) (2011) (South Africa) (theatrical)
  • Ational Pictures (UIP) (2011) (Spain) (theatrical)
  • Ational Pictures (UIP) (2011) (Turkey) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2011) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures (2011) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Forum Cinemas (2011) (Lithuania) (theatrical)
  • Solar Entertainment (2011) (Philippines) (theatrical)
  • Toho-Towa (2012) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2011) (United Arab Emirates) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2012) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2011) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2011) (Philippines) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2011) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2011) (France) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2011) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Universal Studios Home Entertainment (2012) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray) (special edition)
  • Universal Studios Home Entertainment (2012) (USA) (DVD) (special edition)
  • Waylen Group (2012) (Taiwan) (video)
  • Zon Lusomundo Audiovisuais (2011) (Portugal) (all media)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Company 3 NY (digital intermediate)
  • Gravity
  • Method Studios
  • Phosphene
  • Stella VFX

Visual Effects by:

  • Osvaldo Andreaus known as digital compositor: Big Film Design
  • Cynthia Angel known as production manager: Gravity
  • Gordon Antell known as visual effects editor
  • John Bair known as visual effects supervisor: Phosphene
  • Renuka Ballal known as visual effects producer: Phosphene
  • Randall Balsmeyer known as visual effects supervisor: Big Film Design
  • Igor Boshoer known as pipeline technical director
  • Christian Boudman known as visual effects artist: Clearcut FX
  • Cara Buckley known as senior visual effects producer: Method Studios
  • Christian Cardona known as digital compositor
  • Kate Chappell known as flame assistant
  • Leslie Chung known as digital compositor
  • Kyle Cody known as lead compositor: Gravity
  • Vivian Connolly known as visual effects executive producer: Phosphene
  • J. John Corbett known as compositor
  • Sean Curran known as pre-vis lead animator: Gravity
  • Robert Nicholas Dauphinais known as digital compositor: Method Studios
  • Scott M. Davids known as visual effects supervisor: Level 256 VFX
  • Brian Di Noto known as lead modeler and match-move artist: Gravity
  • Luciano DiGeronimo known as digital compositor
  • Aleksandar Djordjevic known as lead compositor: Method Studios
  • Zviah Eldar known as visual effects executive producer: Gravity
  • Josh Elmore known as model/texture artist: Hydraulx
  • Nicholas Elwell known as visual effects coordinator: Hydraulx
  • Liza D. Espinas known as visual effects editor
  • Katherine Filtranti known as visual effects artist
  • Jason Forster known as compositor
  • Mark Scott Friedman known as digital compositor: Gravity
  • Dan Giraldo known as junior td
  • Leighton Greer known as senior visual effects producer: Gravity
  • Miguel A. Guerrero known as modeling supervisor: Hydraulx
  • Jihyae Ham known as rotoscope artist
  • Peter Hannert known as executive producer: Stella VFX
  • Robert Henry known as matchmove artist: Method Studios
  • Adam Howard known as visual effects consultant
  • Alexander Jacquet known as digital compositor: Method Studios
  • Alice Kahn known as visual effects coordinator: Method Studios
  • David Kirchner known as executive producer: Stella VFX
  • Seth Kleinberg known as visual effects producer: Level 256
  • Mathew Krentz known as digital supervisor: LOOK Effects
  • Tram Le known as visual effects producer: method studios
  • Jae Min Lee known as lighting technical director
  • Sun Lee known as senior matte painter: Hydraulx
  • Winston Lee known as digital compositor
  • Ryan Leonard known as compositor
  • Karin Levinson known as executive producer: Gravity
  • Yuval Levy known as digital effects supervisor: Gravity
  • Jay Lichtman known as executive producer: Method Studios
  • Mark Lieberman known as digital compositor
  • John Mangia known as digital compositor: Gravity
  • David Marte known as rotoscope artist
  • Justin Maynard known as matchmove artist: Method Studios
  • Bogdan Mihajlovic known as machmove TD: Gravity
  • Alejandro Monzon known as rotoscope artist
  • Anton Moss known as digital compositor
  • Marc Nanjo known as senior compositor: Method Studios
  • Abbas Naqvi known as visual effects artist
  • Joseph Oberle known as digital compositor
  • Goran Ognjanovic known as senior animator: Gravity
  • Thomas Panayiotou known as lead compositor: Phosphene
  • Jale Parsons known as paint/roto artist
  • Amy Paskow known as digital artist
  • David Piombino known as digital compositor: Method Studios
  • Jonathan Podwil known as digital compositor
  • Eddie Porter known as digital compositor: Big Film Design
  • Lea Prainsack known as visual effects associate producer: phosphene
  • Greg Radcliffe known as digital compositor
  • Aaron Raff known as visual effects
  • Jared Reisweber known as lighting/rendering
  • Jim Rider known as visual effects supervisor: Gravity
  • Matthew Robertson known as digital compositor
  • Mark Russell known as visual effects supervisor
  • Dwight Samuels known as I/O coordinator: Gravity
  • Heather Saunders known as visual effects coordinator
  • Laura Sevilla known as digital compositor
  • Vico Sharabani known as visual effects supervisor: Stella VFX
  • Tal Shuv known as flame artist: Stella VFX
  • Jonathan Skabla known as digital compositor: Big Film Design
  • Jesse Spielman known as digital compositor
  • Ben Sumner known as digital compositor
  • Ginger Theisen known as visual effects producer
  • Paul Tsung known as chief technology officer
  • Tim Van Horn known as compositor
  • Bryan Wengroff known as visual effects coordinator
  • Bob Wiatr known as digital compositor
  • Scott Winston known as digital compositor
  • Mark Wright known as visual effects editor
  • Chi-Min Yang known as lead technical director: lighting (Gravity)
  • Jd Yepes known as lead compositor
  • Michael Zavala known as 2D coordinator: Hydraulx VFX
  • Aliza Corson Chameides known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Mara Hamilton known as visual effects producer (uncredited)
  • Boaz Livny known as lighting and rendering technical director: Gravity (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • USA 24 October 2011 (New York City, New York) (premiere)
  • Sweden 2 November 2011
  • Croatia 3 November 2011
  • Germany 3 November 2011
  • Greece 3 November 2011
  • Hong Kong 3 November 2011
  • Israel 3 November 2011
  • Malaysia 3 November 2011
  • Singapore 3 November 2011
  • Slovenia 3 November 2011
  • United Arab Emirates 3 November 2011
  • Austria 4 November 2011
  • Bulgaria 4 November 2011
  • Canada 4 November 2011
  • Estonia 4 November 2011
  • India 4 November 2011
  • Ireland 4 November 2011
  • Luxembourg 4 November 2011
  • Philippines 4 November 2011
  • South Africa 4 November 2011
  • Spain 4 November 2011
  • Turkey 4 November 2011
  • UK 4 November 2011
  • USA 4 November 2011
  • Czech Republic 10 November 2011
  • Denmark 10 November 2011
  • Hungary 10 November 2011
  • Lebanon 10 November 2011
  • Netherlands 10 November 2011
  • Poland 10 November 2011
  • Portugal 10 November 2011
  • Thailand 10 November 2011
  • Norway 11 November 2011
  • Belgium 23 November 2011
  • France 23 November 2011
  • Russia 24 November 2011
  • Finland 25 November 2011
  • Italy 25 November 2011
  • Lithuania 25 November 2011
  • Malta 30 November 2011
  • Mexico 9 December 2011
  • Brazil 16 December 2011
  • Australia 26 December 2011
  • Argentina 19 January 2012
  • Colombia 20 January 2012
  • Japan 3 February 2012
  • Paraguay 17 February 2012
  • Chile 15 March 2012

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for language and sexual content



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  1. Vikas SS from Mumbai, India
    29 Mar 2012, 4:48 pm

    Heist movies have hit the screens with regularity in every language andgeneration. You know how it all ends: the smart thieves get their bootydespite all odds and twists. But, very few are actually smart and slickenough like an 'Italian Job' or an 'Oceans Eleven'. On a comparativerating, 'Tower Heist' doesn't even get close.

    'The Tower' is a luxury high rise apartment (actually filmed at TrumpInternational Hotel and Tower in Manhattan) where the hard workingstaff led by Josh Kovacs (Ben Stiller) make sure that its high profiletenants are pampered.

    In the backdrop of difficult markets and people losing jobs includingone of the Tower's tenants and Wall Street trader Mr. Fitzhugh (MatthewBroderick), FBI arrests the wealthiest tenant Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda).

    Just then, Josh realizes that his pension along with that of his staffhave been wiped out in Shaw's Ponzi scheme. To make matters worse, Joshand two others are fired for their outburst at Shaw. When the drunkenFBI agent (Tea Leoni) reveals that Shaw could be having cash hoard inhis penthouse, Josh resolves to steal it.

    For all practical purposes, a film starring Ben Stiller cannot be anaction flick. Thus, comedy is written into it. And Josh's conspiratorsaren't professional thieves, but a concierge, Charlie (Casey Affleck),an elevator operator, Enrique (Michael Pena), Fitzhugh and Odessa acleaner (Gabourey Sidibe). So, they hire Slide, a small-time thief(Eddie Murphy) to teach them to do the job and Murphy adds a fewlaughs.

    How the bunch of simple folk handle the heist forms the rest of thestory. Contrary to other Heist flicks playing on the difficulty of thejob or employ 'Mission Impossible' style technology or stylish actors,'Tower Heist' tries to differentiate itself as a comedy where amateurthieves bungling up on something or the other. But, comedy is forcedand feels as if someone is holding an 'Applause' or 'Laugh' board forthe audience.

    Going by the star power that 'Tower Heist' had, one would at leastexpect a decent comedy. But alas, such is not the case and you don'tsee concrete stuff till it gets to the end, which, in contrast to therest of the movie is smartly written. Well, you won't mind watching iton Cable TV; but coughing up bucks for a movie ticket is a no-no.

  2. ntennan from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 4:48 pm

    I was able to see one of the first screenings of Tower Heist lastnight. I went in just happy to see a free movie two weeks before itsrelease, but at the same time I was not expecting this movie to be thatfunny. With that said, it was a lot better than I expected.

    Eddie Murphy's character was an over-the-top funny type of guy and BenStiller had his moments of over-the-top humor too. The plot itself isobviously not that believable, but let's be honest, if you go into thismovie expecting an "Italian Job-like" heist plot then you might as wellnot even go.

    The supporting roles in this movie were really good and the film isfilled with great one liners. There were a couple of lines that didn'treally turn out as funny as the writer probably thought, but all thatsaid it is worth the watch.

  3. djensen1 from northern Indiana
    29 Mar 2012, 4:48 pm

    Not as dull as its title suggests, but still somewhat flat caper flick.It has a consistent string of laughs, but never quite hits the heights.Brockerick's down-and-out businessman is a good start but lands fewjokes, and the plotting seems to meander. Stiller is a highlight, andAffleck and Murphy are good solid, but Aldo is a standout.

    With that much star power, you'd think the comedy would make itself,but the actors feel confined. Weirdly, I think the movie could havebeen better if it had foregone the heist and explored the Stillercharacter and his buttoned-down-but-flexible managerial style. Moretower. Less heist.

  4. Shelly_T from Hong Kong
    29 Mar 2012, 4:48 pm

    I didn't expect too much from this movie after watching the trailer.Judging from the cast and the trailer I thought that it would be at thevery least a little entertaining or just an okay movie. It is actuallyvery entertaining and the performances from the entire cast are solid.I laughed a lot and more than I expected. It also has quite a fewtwists and turns which I wasn't expecting and which should keep youinterested. The chemistry between Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy is verygood too and they both provide a couple of very memorable scenes. Ifyou are looking for something to pass the time this movie would be avery good choice.

  5. jamiemarks-1 from United Kingdom
    29 Mar 2012, 4:48 pm

    Well I had my seat in the cinema. All I would have needed was my pillowand quilt cover and I could have had a nice nap for an hour and threequarters. Such as was how unbearably boring and awful this movie was Iwish I had bought them with me. Tower Heist is one of those "all thebest bits are in the trailer" films, which is what propelled me and myfather to go and see it.

    One other attraction with Tower Heist is it's confluence of top starssuch as Eddie Murphy, Ben Stiller, Casey Affleck and Tea Leoni. But astar studded A-list cast doesn't necessarily mean a fantastic film as Ifound out to my disappointment. This film tries to be like Ocean'sEleven (as others have already reiterated). Funny, clever and slick.Tower Heist falls desperately short on all these fronts. It's not funny(where's the comedy!?) dumb and boring. There's nothing wrong with thestory. Rich millionaire embezzles his employees money that theyinvested in him for their pension, so they decide to get their own backby stealing the money he owes them. The thing is it just isn'tinvolving or fun in any shape or form. Stiller at least gives a decentenough performance along with Affleck and Leoni, but with such a poorlyconvoluted script that is thinner than the edge of a piece of paper,there's little they can do. The film starts off far too slow in gettingto the core of the story (which at this point I was prepared to ignorebecause I thought it was a build up to an entertaining and cleverheist), but instead found myself just constantly looking at my watch.The narrative was straightforward, predictable and plodding. Nothingremarkable happens during the heist, though I did admire how they gotthe gold bullion car out of the hotel (even though it is impossible,you couldn't do that in real life). I did also chuckle at a few momentsI will admit, hence my two star rating, not one. But I was unamused forthe most part.

    One of the other biggest grievances I had for this is putting EddieMurphy in this film, who still plays the same boring, repetitive, loudmouth role he has for the last twenty years. The last thing I found himfunny in was Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps, which was about ten yearsago. Since then and in Tower Heist, he is not funny and is loud, butjust annoying and tries desperately too hard and has the propensity tohorrifically over-act. It's about time he retired from acting I think.Realising when I read the name Brett Ratner as director who also did XMen: The Last Stand (which was awful) I shouldn't be surprised this wasrubbish. Trust me Ocean's Eleven this film isn't. I wouldn't even classthis as an "action-comedy" as it had little of either. A wastedopportunity that was bungled due to a predictable and unimaginativenarrative and poor script that lacked anything resembling a laugh. Thisis one caper film whose characters I didn't find funny or care about.Skip this and just re-watch Ocean's Eleven instead, it's ten timesbetter.

  6. pvmpro from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 4:48 pm

    Great Cast , and direction. Eddie Murphy shined in this movie eventhough his frame-time was less when compared to Ben Stiller. Still Iwould've thought you could've made the plot even more

    interesting by adding a car chase/action sequence which could've putthe cherry on the top. Since the movie was shot in New York , onecould've added cameos by the icons of New York like Donald Trump ,Diddy , Jay z etc .One other thing that is lacking is the spontaneityin the Movie , This movie could learn somethings from movies likeOcean's Eleven Franchise where the pace is never dropped . I would saythe lack of pace was easily masked by the dialog delivery of Stillerand Murphy. On the whole , your money is well spent nevertheless.

  7. priyantha-bandara from Colombo -Sri Lanka
    29 Mar 2012, 4:48 pm

    First of all I must say this. This is a funny movie. Not a seriousmovie. This is a movie about a robbery but still it's not a seriousmovie. You expect Oceans 11 or the Bank Job from this you will beutterly disappointed. Just go with the plot, forget all the plot holes(There are like 100 of them) and enjoy the funny performances by theactors. It took me a while to really start enjoying it. Maybe the realturning point was the main appearance of Eddie Murphy and then the blahblah goes on.

    Any way this is a quite entertaining flick. Not the best but somewhatthere. Enjoy!


  8. khfan250 from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 4:48 pm

    Boy, this was a stupid, stupid movie! I saw this and the latestTwilight movie back to back and, much to my surprise and dismay,Breaking Dawn Part 1 was much better than this movie!

    The story…what story? There's no story! All this movie was is badjoke after bad joke that prays that the audience will know what theheck they're saying! I've never been a Brett Ratner fan, and this moviedidn't convince me that he is a talented director.

    The casting is made up of some of my least favorite actors. Ben Stillerand Matthew Broderick show hardly any emotion throughout the wholemovie, that it got to the point where I started wondering if they werejust reading the cue cards behind the camera! The supporting cast isbland and unimaginative. They existed for the sole purpose of makingone lame joke after the next. But the big question is this: Is EddieMurphy funny? I didn't think so. I've lost hope in the guy since DaddyDay Camp and since then he's ceased to impress me. As for his role inthe movie…well, let's put it this way: If you enjoyed Jar Jar Binksin The Phantom Menace or the racist twins from Revenge of the Fallen,Murphy's performance will seem like a god-send to you.

    Final verdict: If you're a huge fan devoted to Ratner and his work,you'll enjoy this movie. I don't know if you'll love it, but you'll beentertained. As for the rest of you, skip this one and wait for theDVD. And after it's release, Redbox it, don't buy it.

  9. FlashCallahan from United Kingdom
    29 Mar 2012, 4:48 pm

    Josh Kovacs is the manager of a residential apartment in New York. Heis close to all the tenants, especially Arthur Shaw, a financier.

    One day Shaw is arrested by the FBI for fraud. Josh thinks it's amisunderstanding that can be resolved. But later he learns that theemployees' pension which he asked Shaw to handle is gone.

    When one of the employees tries to kill himself, Josh's views of Shawchange. He goes to see him and loses his temper and lose his job.

    The FBI agent in charge of Shaw tells him that Shaw might walk andrecovering the pension fund is unlikely. She tells him that it's beenrumoured that Shaw has 20 million laying around if he needs.

    Josh thinks he knows where it is. So with two other employees who alsolost their jobs and an evicted tenant, they set out to get into Shaw'spenthouse to get the money.

    But they realise they need the assistance of someone who knows whatthey are doing.

    So, Josh asks a guy he knows is a thief named Slide to help them….

    I think Ratner makes some amazing movies. They are fluid, colourful,and always entertaining.

    So it was understandable that i got excited knowing that Murphy wasplaying a criminal and we could potentially have the profane ReggiHammond we all know and love back, plus the rest of the cast were quitespiffing too.

    And wow, how wrong I was. This is the biggest disappointment of theyear by a mile. and the film is lethargic, Diva like, unfunnyfilmmaking at it's worse. It's as if Parker has dared Broderick to bein a film as plastic as her.

    All the cast look uninterested to be in this, they all must havethought Ratner, Stiller, Sweary Murphy…Kerching! But no, the scriptis bad, Murphy is hardly in it, and Broderick looks The mostembarrassed I have ever seen an actor look.

    Even the reliable Affleck looks like an automaton in this, just lookingblank and spouting lines like some Pavlovian animal.

    Alda is okay, but never seems as menacing or as slimy as he should be.Maybe if they got Michael Douglas to play him instead, totally rewritethe script, got rid of smug Stiller, and gave Murphy a meatier R-ratedrole, this could have been something.

    It's probably the worse cinema release i've seen in a while, somethingthat sucks the life out of you and realise that Hollywood is becomingobsolete.

    The one saving grace is that my denial of Stillers blandness is nomore. I now can say without feeling guilty that the last good thing heever did was Zoolander.

    Really don't bother, it'll anger you.

  10. Colin George from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 4:48 pm

    Everyone's excited for the new Brett Ratner movie, right? Jonesing foranother marginal action-comedy in the vein of Rush Hour 2? You're inluck! Tower Heist fits the bill, and despite its allusions to 2011 WallStreet turmoil, the familiar flick feels very much of that era. TheRat-man's latest is cookie-cutter entertainment at its most transient,but everyone likes cookies. Right?

    In Tower Heist, Ben Stiller plays subservient chief of staff at a ritzyCentral Park apartment complex — but when a tenant (Alan Alda) swindleshim and his workforce out of their pensions, it's no more Mr. NiceJosh. He masterminds a robbery with the help of his concierge (CaseyAffleck), an elevator operator (Michael Peña), a downtrodden formerresident (Matthew Broderick), and a Jamaican cleaning woman (GaboureySidibe). Unschooled as they are in the art of the steal, Josh alsoemploys the aid of petty criminal "Slide," (Eddie Murphy) who gives thecrew a crash course in crime.

    The cast of Tower Heist, anchored by Stiller, Alda, and theunder-appreciated 'other' Affleck, is its greatest asset. GaboureySidibe pulls a Melissa McCarthy in a similar big girl supporting role,and as for Eddie Murphy — it's good to know that there's still a funnyguy beneath the Norbit prosthetics. Granted, nobody's working with AAAmaterial here, but their comic chemistry makes for some laugh out loudmoments.

    Conceived and written by Ted Griffin of Ocean's Eleven and MatchstickMen, Tower Heist strictly adheres to caper convention. Assemble theteam, unfurl the plan, set said plan into motion, and wait for it allto come undone. It's a tried and true formula, which is ironicconsidering the risk its characters incur. There's even a heavy-handedchess metaphor about sacrificing one's Queen, but Griffin is adecidedly defensive player.

    Then there's the Rat-factor. Poor Brett's an easy guy to hate. Called"Hollywood's Ad Impresario" by Businessweek, he's the dude who wants tomake a Guitar Hero movie. He's a purely commercial filmmaker who'shelmed competent but inferior follow-ups to beloved franchises likeX-Men and Silence of the Lambs. And let's face it, he's kind of ugly.With Tower Heist, the director isn't flexing any artistic muscles, buthe's got the mechanics down pat.

    Plus, he's got the good sense to hire performers who probably don'tneed much direction. Guys like Stiller, Murphy, and Broderick are sowell practiced that they're entertaining even when they're resting ontheir laurels. Similarly, Ratner's worked with cinematographer DanteSpinotti enough times to not have to concern himself with the visualaspects of filmmaking. Though the credits suggest otherwise, Ratner'srole is nearer to producer than director.

    Consequently, Tower Heist feels impersonal and even a bit disingenuous.After all, what could Brett Ratner, the privileged son of a Miamisocialite turned blockbuster director, have in common with the workingstiffs he portrays? It's easy to hate Ratner, but unfair to channelthat negative energy at his work. With a good cast and decent material,Tower Heist is an amusing, inconsequential diversion that entertainsand evaporates in the span of 100 minutes. And with a family friendlyPG-13 rating, this cookie-cutter action-comedy is poised to make loadsof dough.

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