Tower Heist (2011)

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Tower Heist Release Date
November 4, 2011
Tower Heist Synopsis
Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy lead an all-star cast in Tower Heist, a comedy caper about working stiffs who seek revenge on the Wall Street swindler who stiffed them. After the workers at a luxury Central Park condominium discover the penthouse billionaire has stolen their retirement, they plot the ultimate revenge: a heist to reclaim what he took from them. Queens native Josh Kovacs (Stiller) has managed one of the most luxurious and well-secured residences in New York City for more than a decade. Under his watchful eye, nothing goes undetected. In the swankiest unit atop Josh’s building, Wall Street titan Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda) is under house arrest after being caught stealing two billion from his investors. The hardest hit among those he defrauded? The tower staffers whose pensions he was entrusted to manage. With only days before Arthur gets away with the perfect crime, Josh’s crew turns to petty crook Slide (Murphy) to plan the nearly impossible…to steal what they are sure is hidden in Arthur’s guarded condo. Though amateurs, these rookie thieves know the building better than anyone. Turns out they’ve been casing the place for years, they just didn’t know it.
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Starring: Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Matthew Broderick, Tea Leoni, Gabourey Sidibe, Casey Affleck, Stephen Henderson, Judd Hirsch, Michael Pena, Alan Alda, Dave Chappelle
Directed by: Brett Ratner
Produced by: Brian Grazer, Eddie Murphy
Length: 104 min
MPAA Rating: [ PG-13 ]
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Release Date:  November 4, 2011
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Exclusive Tower Heist Blu-Ray Clip: Ben Stiller Takes A Dive On The Street Exclusive Tower Heist Blu-Ray Clip: Ben Stiller Takes A Dive On The Street
While shooting on location in New York sounds great in theory, it's incredibly hard to pull off in practice, and you can get a glimpse of that challenge in this exclusive clip from the Tower Heist Blu-Ray, which goes onsale today. Ben Stiller's character Josh gets collared by Tea Leoni's character Agent Denham, But to make that happen on a crowded city sidewalk
by Katey Rich February 21, 2012 discussion comments
Tower Heist Covertly Plans February Blu-Ray Release Tower Heist Covertly Plans February Blu-Ray Release
The likeable story about a wealthy swindler who gets his comeuppance when he messes with the wrong crew’s money will hit Blu-Ray, DVD, digital download and On Demand on February 21. Though the film is lacking in the 3D department, it will come with Universal Homes Studios now-predominant Second Screen Blu-Ray technology, which lets audiences interact with the film via a connected device, such as a computer or tablet.
by Jessica Grabert January 3, 2012 discussion comments
Eddie Murphy And Brett Ratner Might Reunite For Another Movie Eddie Murphy And Brett Ratner Might Reunite For Another Movie
As much as I didn't really like Tower Heist, and I"m not sad to see it flounder at the box office, I wouldn't mind Murphy working with Ratner as opposed to some other yes-man director who won't at least get a funny performance out of him. No, his role in Tower Heist isn't a return to the glory days-- but it's a start
by Katey Rich November 7, 2011 discussion comments
Weekend Box Office - Puss In Boots Stomps Thieves And Stoners Weekend Box Office - Puss In Boots Stomps Thieves And Stoners
Call it the curse of Eddie Murphy. This weekend the first Shrek related movie that didn't feature Murphy was relatively successful while the new movie featuring Murphy got only a mediocre reception.
by Scott Gwin November 6, 2011 discussion comments
Friday Box Office Predicts Puss In Boots Beating Out Tower Heist For The Weekend Friday Box Office Predicts Puss In Boots Beating Out Tower Heist For The Weekend
The other new release of the weekend, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, also performed worse than expected, making $5.4 million on Friday and estimated for a $14 million weekend. But while Tower Heist is only pretending to be cheap, Harold & Kumar-- like all of the previous movies-- is the real deal
by Katey Rich November 5, 2011 discussion comments
Eddie Murphy Greatness And Other Reasons To See Tower Heist Eddie Murphy Greatness And Other Reasons To See Tower Heist
I’m not here to argue logic and reason don’t matter. I could write five thousand words on all the ways this film could have been improved, but I don’t want to. Like the rest of the audience, all I want to talk about are the moments that really worked.
by Mack Rawden November 5, 2011 discussion comments
The Weight Of Gold And Other Tower Heist Logic Fails The Weight Of Gold And Other Tower Heist Logic Fails
For as much fun as Tower Heist is, it has a problem. A really big problem. Brett Ratner is good at a lot of things, but one of the things he’s worst at is paying attention to the little details. Tower Heist is a mess of ridiculous logic gaps. Here’s a few of the worst ones we spotted.
by Josh Tyler November 5, 2011 discussion comments
At Tower Heist Press Conference, Millionaires Awkwardly Speak For The 99% At Tower Heist Press Conference, Millionaires Awkwardly Speak For The 99%
"We did not plan Occupy Wall Street." Believe it or not, Brett Ratner felt compelled to explain that at the press conference for Tower Heist, held high above Columbus Circle at the swank Mandarin Oriental Hotel. An enterprising but naive reporter asked Ratner and his Tower Heist cohorts
by Katey Rich November 4, 2011 discussion comments
10 Sort-Of Nice Things We Can Say About Brett Ratner 10 Sort-Of Nice Things We Can Say About Brett Ratner
What I’m trying to say is that there are more deserving targets of movie fandom’s collective anger than Ratner, who’d just like to go on making his formulaic crowd-pleasers without the laser-focused criticism of select audience members who mistakenly believe he’s capable of delivering more
by Sean O'Connell November 2, 2011 discussion comments
Eddie Murphy Writing An Alien-Abduction, All-Black Ensemble Comedy Eddie Murphy Writing An Alien-Abduction, All-Black Ensemble Comedy
“I have this idea called ‘Jamal and Tyrell and Omar and Brick and Michael’s Wack-Ass Weekend’ about this group of guys who get abducted by aliens on the way to the fights. I’m writing that now,” Murphy tells Rolling Stone. Which sounds like it has a ton of potential, particularly if, as Murphy has indicated
by Sean O'Connell October 31, 2011 discussion comments
This Rotten Week: Predicting A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas and Tower Heist Reviews This Rotten Week: Predicting A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas and Tower Heist Reviews
Fear not loyalists, the Rotten Watch is back (albeit a day late) to kneed your doughy, movie-ravaged brains with predictions aplenty. This week Stiller and company get all caper-y and our favorite bong hitting duo returns for some holiday cheer
by Doug Norrie October 31, 2011 discussion comments
Eddie Murphy Says Beverly Hills Cop 4 Isn't Happening Eddie Murphy Says Beverly Hills Cop 4 Isn't Happening
"They're not doing it," he says. "What I'm trying to do now is produce a TV show starring Axel Foley's son, and Axel is the chief of police now in Detroit. I'd do the pilot, show up here and there. None of the movie scripts were right; it was trying to force the premise. If you have to force something, you shouldn't be doing it. It was always a rehash of the old thing. It was always wrong."
by Sean O'Connell October 26, 2011 discussion comments
Eddie Murphy Jokes That He'll Be The Worst Oscar Host Ever Eddie Murphy Jokes That He'll Be The Worst Oscar Host Ever
Even though he's interrupting Ben Stiller constantly in this video, it's still funny-- even if he doesn't do anything as insane when he hosts as wearing a powder blue tuxedo and urinating on himself, I still like that his mind is going somewhere that weird
by Katey Rich October 24, 2011 discussion comments
Ben Stiller Is The Mastermind In Six New Tower Heist Character Posters Ben Stiller Is The Mastermind In Six New Tower Heist Character Posters
It may have marks against it because it's a movie by Brett Ratner, but the truth is that Tower Heist actually has a pretty stellar cast. From Ben Stiller to Eddie Murphy to Tea Leoni to Matthew Broderick, the entire ensemble has enough talent to inspire curiosity about the movie.
by Eric Eisenberg October 18, 2011 discussion comments
Theaters Win: Universal Backs Off On Tower Heist Early Video On Demand Release Theaters Win: Universal Backs Off On Tower Heist Early Video On Demand Release
Those Comcast digital subscribers in Portland and Atlanta who were hoping to spend Thanksgiving weekend gathered around the TV, watching Tower Heist with the family will be disappointed to learn that Universal has cancelled their plans for the limited Video On Demand release.
by Kelly West October 12, 2011 discussion comments
Brett Ratner And Brian Grazer Talk Cast Chemistry And Underdogs Behind The Scenes Of Tower Heist Brett Ratner And Brian Grazer Talk Cast Chemistry And Underdogs Behind The Scenes Of Tower Heist
The cast is probably one of Tower Heist’s biggest selling points. With Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Matthew Broderick, and Dave Chappelle set to star, among others, it’ll be very interesting to see the kind of chemistry these actors have when the comedy hits theaters next month. Chemistry is one of the things Brett Ratner and Brian Grazer talk about in this behind-the-scenes video for the film.
by Kelly West October 11, 2011 discussion comments
Tower Heist Threatened With Boycott Unless Universal Backs Down On VOD Plan Tower Heist Threatened With Boycott Unless Universal Backs Down On VOD Plan
As part of the ongoing attempt to shorten the window between theatrical and VOD release, Universal plans to make Tower Heist available via "premium on demand" a mere three weeks after it bows in theaters this November 4th. While that might be good news for harried parents or other would-be moviegoers who can't make it to the theater, there's one segment of the population who isn't pleased with this news at all: theater owners
by David Wharton October 11, 2011 discussion comments
Second Trailer For Brett Ratner's Tower Heist Starring Ben Stiller And Eddie Murphy Second Trailer For Brett Ratner's Tower Heist Starring Ben Stiller And Eddie Murphy
It was announced yesterday that folks in Atlanta, Georgia and Portland, Oregon will be given the opportunity to watch Brett Ratner's Tower Heist On Demand a mere three weeks after the film has been released in theaters. The catch is that in order to see it, audiences will have to pay the hefty sum of $59.99.
by Eric Eisenberg October 6, 2011 discussion comments
Brett Ratner's Tower Heist To Be On-Demand Three Weeks After Theatrical Release Brett Ratner's Tower Heist To Be On-Demand Three Weeks After Theatrical Release
Believe it or not, there's a very good reason why movie theaters make you pay an arm and a leg for soda and popcorn: it's because they really don't make that much from ticket sales. In the opening week of release for a film, studios take almost all of the money from tickets and in each subsequent week the studio lowers their percentage take, and the cinema takes more.
by Eric Eisenberg October 5, 2011 discussion comments
The Tower Heist Team Looking Bored On A Crooked Building In Two International Posters The Tower Heist Team Looking Bored On A Crooked Building In Two International Posters
When the trailer for Tower Heist appeared in July, it gave everyone here at CinemaBlend a small bit of hope that the movie, which very obviously pulls from about a dozen other heist movies, may actually be something worth watching. Most shocking of all is that we may willingly sit down and see a movie that Brett Ratner directed. Insane!
by Will LeBlanc September 6, 2011 discussion comments
Eddie Murphy Voicing Hong Kong Phooey In Live-Action/Animation Film Eddie Murphy Voicing Hong Kong Phooey In Live-Action/Animation Film
The comedian will voice Hong Kong Phooey for Alcon Entertainment’s upcoming production, a live-action/animation hybrid (much like The Smurfs or Garfield) that will take its cues from the Saturday morning cartoon of our childhoods.
by Sean O'Connell August 10, 2011 discussion comments
Tower Heist Trailer Suggests Eddie Murphy's Return To Serious Comedy Tower Heist Trailer Suggests Eddie Murphy's Return To Serious Comedy
The Tower Heist trailer that was just posted online makes it look like a terrifically entertaining overmatched-underdogs-against-overprivileged-billionaires comedy that should make a fortune at the box office. And yes, I realize it’s a Brett Ratner film, but Noah Baumbach’s a credited writer and the trailer lobs a number of softballs at some very funny people.
by Sean O'Connell July 28, 2011 discussion comments
Tea Leoni Joins The Cast Of Tower Heist Tea Leoni Joins The Cast Of Tower Heist
Back in August, I reported that Tower Heist, a comedy starring Ben Stiller and directed by Brett Ratner, was to begin filming in November. While reading about the movie, I noticed something strange - the idea behind the film sounded almost identical to the 2005 Jim Carrey-Tea Leoni movie
by Eric Eisenberg October 21, 2010 discussion comments
Gabourey Sidibe And Michael Pena Join The Cast Of Tower Heist Gabourey Sidibe And Michael Pena Join The Cast Of Tower Heist
After starting her career in Lee Daniels' heavy drama Precious, it appears that Gabourey Sidibe is trying to make a career in comedy. First she signed on to the Showtime series The Big C with Laura Linney
by Eric Eisenberg October 19, 2010 discussion comments
Eddie Murphy Joins Ben Stiller In Brett Ratner's Tower Heist Eddie Murphy Joins Ben Stiller In Brett Ratner's Tower Heist
I'll be blunt: Eddie Murphy's career is in the toilet. While he almost turned things around in 2006 with Dreamgirls, everything since as been either Shrek sequels or garbage (which is to
by Eric Eisenberg October 13, 2010 discussion comments
Alan Alda Joins The Cast Of Wanderlust And Tower Heist Alan Alda Joins The Cast Of Wanderlust And Tower Heist
Though he's only made five films in the last ten years, and zero in the last two, Alan Alda is ready to get back into gear. The former star of M.A.S.H. has booked two new film gigs, Wanderlust
by Eric Eisenberg October 5, 2010 discussion comments
Ben Stiller's Tower Heist To Start Filming In November Ben Stiller's Tower Heist To Start Filming In November
Back in 2005, Jim Carrey and Téa Leoni starred in the largely forgettable film Fun With Dick and Jane. In the movie, the two actors play a couple that is financially ruined by a high-powered CEO
by Eric Eisenberg August 23, 2010 discussion comments
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