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TOWER HEIST (2011)

ABOUT THE STORY (SYNOPSIS)
Release Date: November 4, 2011
Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: Brett Ratner
Screenwriter: Adam Cooper, Bill Collage, Russell Gewirtz, Rawson Marshall Thurber, Ted Griffin, Leslie Dixon, Noah Baumbach, Jeff Nathanson
Starring: Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Matthew Broderick, Téa Leoni
Genre: Action, Comedy
MPAA Rating: PG-13

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WHAT THE FILM IS ABOUT

Production Information

BEN STILLER and EDDIE MURPHY lead an all-star cast in Tower Heist, an action-comedy about a staff of blue-collar workers who seek revenge on the Wall Street swindler who stiffed them. After the crew at the luxury Central Park condominium The Tower 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 Kovaks (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, The Aviator) is under house arrest after being caught stealing $2 billion from his investors. The hardest hit among those he defrauded? The Tower staffers whose pensions he was entrusted to manage.

With only days until Shaw gets away with the perfect crime, Josh’s crew turns to petty crook Slide (Murphy) to plan the nearly impossible: steal the $20 million they are sure is hidden in the heavily guarded condo where Shaw is being held by an FBI team led by Special Agent Claire Denham (TÉA LEONI, Fun With Dick and Jane).

Though amateurs, these rookie thieves—including high-strung concierge Charlie (CASEY AFFLECK, Ocean’s Eleven trilogy), broke ex-Wall Streeter Mr. Fitzhugh (MATTHEW BRODERICK, The Producers), rookie bellhop Dev’Reaux (MICHAEL PEÑA, Battle: Los Angeles) and feisty maid Odessa (GABOUREY SIDIBE, Precious)—know the building better than anyone. It turns out they’ve been casing the place for years…they just didn’t know it.

Director BRETT RATNER (Rush Hour series, X-Men: The Last Stand, RedDragon) joins Academy Award ®-winning producerBRIAN GRAZER (8 Mile, A Beautiful Mind, American Gangster) to lead a talented behind-the-scenes crew for TowerHeist. Grazer is joined in production duties on the action-comedy by Eddie Murphy and KIM ROTH (Inside Man, Insomnia). The film is from a story by ADAM COOPER (Accepted) & BILL COLLAGE (Accepted) and TED GRIFFIN (Ocean’s Eleven) and a screenplay by Ted Griffin and JEFF NATHANSON (Catch Me If You Can).

Longtime collaborators and artists new to Ratner’s team are director of photography DANTE SPINOTTI (The Insider, L.A. Confidential), editor MARK HELFRICH (X-Men: The Last Stand, Rush Hour trilogy), production designer KRISTI ZEA (Revolutionary Road, The Departed), costume designer SARAH EDWARDS (Salt, Michael Clayton) and composer CHRISTOPHE BECK (The Hangover, Red).

Tower Heist’s executive producers are BILL CARRARO (The Adjustment Bureau, The Golden Compass) and KAREN KEHELA SHERWOOD (A Beautiful Mind,Inside Man).

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Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment present—in association with Relativity Media—a Brian Grazer production of a Brett Ratner film: Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy in Tower Heist, starring Casey Affleck, Alan Alda, Matthew Broderick, Judd Hirsch, Téa Leoni, Michael Peña, Gabourey Sidibe. The action-comedy’s music is by Christophe Beck, and its costume designer is Sarah Edwards. The editor is Mark Helfrich, ACE, and the production designer is Kristi Zea. The director of photography is Dante Spinotti, ASC, AIC, and the executive producers are Bill Carraro, Karen Kehela Sherwood. Tower Heist is produced by Brian Grazer, Eddie Murphy, Kim Roth. The film is from a story by Adam Cooper & Bill Collage and Ted Griffin and a screenplay by Ted Griffin and Jeff Nathanson. Tower Heist is directed by Brett Ratner. © 2011 Universal Studios. www.towerheist.net

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