Fiche Film
LONG Métrage | 2014
American Heist
Pays concerné : États-Unis
Durée : 94 minutes
Genre : thriller
Type : fiction


Deux frères (Adrien Brody & Hayden Christensen) aux passés troubles se retrouvent mêlés à un braquage de banque.

Un film de Sarik Andreasyan | USA

avec Adrien Brody, Hayden Christensen, Jordana Brewster et Akon.


Two brothers (Adrien Brody and Hayden Christensen) with troubled pasts become embroiled in a high-stakes bank robbery, in this indie action thriller also starring Jordana Brewster and Akon, based on the 1959 film The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery.

A film by Sarik Andreasyan

USA, 2014, Fiction

starring Adrien Brody, Hayden Christensen, Jordana Brewster and Akon.

related: Family Relations, Crime, Thriller, Violence

Stories about troubled brothers have been with us since Cain and Abel. Director Sarik Andreasyan injects new energy into the subject with American Heist, a highly charged crime caper set in present-day New Orleans.

James (Hayden Christensen) has a checkered past, but he’s trying to put his life on the straight and narrow. He has a decent job in an auto shop, plans to start his own business, and there’s even the promise of love on the horizon. But one day, before his dream can become a reality, he opens his front door to find his older brother Frankie (Adrien Brody), recently released from a ten-year stretch in prison. Frankie has some money-making strategies of his own, and he needs James to help him one last time – in a spectacularly elaborate bank heist. Even though it’s Frankie’s influence that James is trying to escape, he finds himself drawn into the unsavoury plan due to a combination of guilt, greed, and misguided brotherly devotion.

This criminal collaboration between the two brothers – and some other very smart, very bad men – leads to several of the most inventive and explosive action sequences to be found in a film this fall. But despite the off-the-charts levels of excitement and suspense, the film’s true heart is the relationship between James and Frankie: bonded by a difficult childhood, but separated by their subsequent experience and vastly different moral wiring. Christensen’s and Brody’s deeply considered performances, evidencing a lifetime’s worth of bad blood, bitterness, and love, elevate this already compelling crime story to near-mythological proportions.


Country: USA
Year: 2014
Language: English
Runtime: 94 minutes
Rating: 14A

Principal Cast: Adrien Brody, Hayden Christensen, Jordana Brewster, Tory Kittles, Aliaune « AKON » Thiam

Director: Sarik Andreasyan
Screenplay: Raul Inglis, based on the 1959 film The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery
Cinematographer: Antonio Calvache
Editor: Kirill Kozlov, Kiran Pallegada
Sound: Laird Fryer, Dick Hansen, David Mann, Steve Neal, Michael Perricone, Eric Raber, Derek A. Schwebel, Leonard Suwalski, Chris Terhune
Music: Artashes Andreasyan, Alim Zairov, Roman Vishnevsky, Aliaune « AKON » Thiam
Production Designer: James A. Gelarden

Executive Producer: Adrien Brody, Hayden Christensen, JoJo Ryder, George Castrounis, Michael Wexler, Arcadiy Golubovich, Jack Nasser, Joseph Nasser, Aliaune « AKON » Thiam
Producer: Tove Christensen, Sarik Andreasyan, Gevond Andreasyan, Georgy Malkov, Vladimir Poliakov
Production Company: Glacier Films

Contact Information
US Sales Agent: Paradigm
International Sales Agent: Voltage Pictures

2014 | 39th TIFF – Toronto Intl Film Festival, Canada | Sept 4 – 14
* Selection – Special Presentations
* Premiere Status: World Premiere
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