Heist Blu-ray Review – Must See Gene Hackman 2001 Heist Movie

It’s time for my Heist blu-ray review. This is a film from 2001 starring Gene Hackman and Danny DeVito. Unfortunately it’s yet to receive a proper UK blu-ray release so you need to obtain an imported version. Is actually any good though? Let’s take a closer look.

  • Heist (2001)
  • Blu-ray Import
  • Genre: Crime, Action
  • Directed by David Mamet
  • UK Rating N/A
  • Discs: 1
  • Released By Sony Pictures


Joe Moore (Gene Hackman) is a professional thief. His crew consists of him, Bobby Blane, Pinky and his wife Fran. When their fence Mickey Bergman (Danny DeVito) withholds their payment until they complete another job they look for ways around the problem.

Style / Direction

The film was directed by David Mamet whilst Robert Elswit was the one responsible for the cinematography. This is one slick and well made heist movie.

Music / Audio Effects

The music is provided by Theodore Shapiro.

Acting / Characters

Take a look at the cast list below and you will see a talented set of actors. You would hope they would create something really special and you would indeed be right.

Hackman is the star and delivers an exceptionally good performance as Joe Moore, the brains of the crew. He plans how to successfully rob the target and knows who to trust and those not too.

Delroy Lindo plays Bobby Blane one of the key members of the crew. Next is Rebecca Pidgeon as Fran Moore, Joe’s wife. She is a very complicated character that leaves you unsure of where her true loyalties lie. Finally there’s Ricky Jay as Pinky a man that can turn his hand to many things.

Add in Danny DeVito as the crew’s fence and all-round bad guy and you have a bunch of interesting characters. But there’s still one more character that plays a big role, that of Jimmy Silk played by Sam Rockwell.

The acting really is on another level.


  • Gene Hackman as Joe Moore
  • Danny DeVito as Mickey Bergman
  • Delroy Lindo as Bobby Blane
  • Rebecca Pidgeon as Fran Moore
  • Sam Rockwell as Jimmy Silk
  • Ricky Jay as Pinky

Conclusion: Heist (2001) Film Review

This film passed me by upon its release back in 2001. That said I really should have watched it back then as it’s an absolutely brilliant heist movie with plenty of double crossing going on.

The story is brilliantly constructed and the acting simply superb. Trust me this is one hell of an underrated or forgotten gem of a picture. Make sure you find the time to see it you won’t regret I assure you.

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Conclusion: Heist Blu-ray Review

The film released in 2001 and has zero issues in the picture quality department. The only extras included is the trailer which is fine.


  • Theatrical Trailer

Heist (2001) is available now on blu-ray via import. Please ensure the version you obtain works on UK players before purchasing.

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Heist Blu-ray Review

Popcorn Cinema Rating: Heist (2001)





Heist (2001) Film Trailer

For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…

Clip not representative of the blu-ray version

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Summary: Heist (2001) Blu-ray Review - Import
Heist Blu-ray Review

Movie title: Heist (2001)

Duration: 109 mins

Director(s): David Mamet

Actor(s): Gene Hackman, Danny DeVito, Delroy Lindo, Rebecca Pidgeon, Sam Rockwell, Ricky Jay

Genre: Crime, Action

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Absolutely brilliant heist movie with an outstanding cast


  • Complex Story
  • Fabulous Cast


  • No UK Blu-ray Release