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The Big Heist (2001)





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Based on a book by Ernest Volkman and John Cummings, the made-for-cable The Big Heist endeavors to put a human face on the events surrounding a real-life robbery which occurred at JFK International Airport's Lufthansa terminal in 1978. Donald Sutherland stars as Jimmy "the Gent" Burke, a low-echelon Mafia gangster who yearns to make at least one big score before he dies. To this end, he gathers together a motley group of henchmen and masterminds the theft of eight million dollars right from under the noses of the JFK authorities. Amazingly, the robbery goes off without a hitch, and Jimmy exults in the possibility that he has at last attained the Criminal Hall of Fame. But things quickly begin to unravel when one of Jimmy's cohorts is whacked by the Mafia higher-ups because of an unrelated indiscretion. Before long, Jimmy's entire gang has been decimated, and it looks as if his own son will be next on the hit list. As a result, Jimmy is actually relieved when diligent detective Richard Woods (John Heard) finally catches up with him...but the "hero" is still not out of the woods by any stretch of the imagination. The Big Heist was broadcast by the A&E cable network on June 10, 2001. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Donald Sutherland
as Jimmy Burke
Jamie Harris
as Frankie Burke
John Heard
as Richard Woods
Nick Sandow
as Henry Hill
Michael P. Moran
as Louis the Whale
Joe Pingue
as Marty Krugman
Bo Rucker
as Stax Edwards
Rocco Sisto
as Tommy DeSimone
Robert Morelli
as Angelo Sepe
Joe Maruzzo
as Paolo Falcone
Gino Marrocco
as Paulie Vario
Sam Coppola
as Paul Castellano
Steven Randazzo
as John Gotti
Craig Eldridge
as Agent Billings
Ian Alden
as Junkie
Boyana Balta
as Heroin Chic Hooker
Elizabeth Brown
as Mrs. Werner
Hamish McEwan
as Agent Ruleman
Rory O'Shea
as News Anchor
Scott Wickware
as Al the Guard
Philip Williams
as Louis Werner
Karen Woolridge
as Woman Driver
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All Critics (2) | Top Critics (2)

Sutherland manages to make the lead character likable, catching the right semi-comic tone without sacrificing basic believability.

October 18, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Far from the worst of the many films not worth watching; see this one for Sutherland.

February 6, 2018 | Full Review…

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