In "American Hustle," Christian Bale portrays 1970s con man Irving Rosenfeld, who, along with lover Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is quite successful at his trade. He is not careful enough however as ambitious FBI Agent Richie DiMaso catches the pair and forces them to work undercover for him in an effort to catch corruption at the highest levels of government as part of the AMSCAM operation, specifically Camden, New Jersey, Mayor Carmine Polito (Jeremy Renner).
As Irving and Sydney get closer to Carmine, Irving's wife, Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence), threatens to blow up the entire operation with her headstrong ways. This puts Irving and Sydney in a tough spot where they are forced to decide which side they are on, Richie's, Carmine's or their own.
"American Hustle" is sure to get some awards show love come 2014 but will have to compete with others in theaters at the same time such as "Saving Mr. Banks," "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," "Dallas Buyers Club," "Inside Llewyn Davis," "Out of the Furnace," "The Last Days on Mars," "12 Years a Slave," "Frozen," "Oldboy," "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," "Delivery Man," "Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas," "Ender's Game, "The Counselor," "Captain Phillips," "Gravity," "Don Jon," "Rush, and "Prisoners".
Treat People the Way You Want to Be Treated
Irving Rosenfeld: "I believe that you should treat people the way that you want to be treated. Didn't Jesus say that?"
Carmine Polito: "Yeah, right"
Irving Rosenfeld: "Also, always take a favor over money. I think Jesus said that as well."
Carmine Polito: "I don't know if he said the second one. He might have said the first one."
Now Who's the Master
Irving Rosenfeld: "I want to show you something. This Rembrandt here, people come from all over the world to see this."
Richie DiMaso: "He's good, yeah."
Irving Rosenfeld: "It's a fake."
Richie DiMaso: "What are you talking about? That's impossible."
Irving Rosenfeld: "People believe what they want to believe because the guy who made this was so good that it's real to everybody. Now who's the master, the painter or the forger?"
The Best We've Ever Done
Sydney Prosser: "We gotta get over on all these guys. That's what we need to be thinking about right now. We gotta get over on all these guys."
Irving Rosenfeld: "It's gotta be the best we've ever done."
Sydney pushes Irving to make a move to throw everyone off. They can't work for someone else, they have to do things for themselves and they have to do it well.
Find a Way to Survive
Irving Rosenfeld: "Did you ever have to find a way to survive and you knew your choices were bad but you had to survive?"
Irving describes the tough situation he's found himself in. He knows all of his options pretty much suck but he's going to have to choose one if he wants to survive.