American Hustle script
Synopsis: American Hustle is a 2013 American black comedy crime film directed by David O. Russell. It was written by Eric Warren Singer and Russell, inspired by the FBI ABSCAM operation of the late 1970s and early 1980s. It stars Christian Bale and Amy Adams as two con artists who are forced by an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) to set up an elaborate sting operation on corrupt politicians, including the mayor of Camden, New Jersey (Jeremy Renner). Jennifer Lawrence plays the unpredictable wife of Bale's character. Principal photography on the film began on March 8, 2013, in Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts, and New York City.

TITLE CARD:
SOME OF THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED

OVER BLACK:
APRIL 26, 1978, PLAZA HOTEL, NEW YORK

1 FADE IN:
1

2 INT. PLAZA HOTEL WINDOW NYC - DAY 2

IRVING ROSENFELD, not a small man, gets dressed andmeticulously constructs his combover. Camera WRAPS AROUND,

see his hands with rings adjust his dark velvet suit, up tohis face, serious, concentrated, intense, he is composinghimself before a performance.

Irving is now dressed, ready, and walks down the hall toanother room.

3 SECOND PLAZA HOTEL ROOM -- Irving composes himself -- looksinto cramped surveillance closet, there are FBI Agents -- weonly see their hands and arms -- he looks at monitors -- seesa BLACK AND WHITE IMAGE OF ANOTHER ROOM ON MONITOR: MAYOR

CARMINE POLITO, swath of salt and pepper hair, cream suit,

pinky ring, Rotary Club pin -- ALONG WITH CARL ELWAY, preppieshady businessman.

He exhales pressure, turns as CAMERA PANS TO: SYDNEY PROSSER(who will also be known for some time as EDITH GREENSLY),

stylish crafty smart. They stare at each other intensely --

they have a deep and emotional relationship. A DOOR BANGS

OPEN, and in walks RICHIE DIMASO, Bronx-born. He stands

there.

3

RICHIE DIMASO:

What are you doing, going behind myback? Telling people I'm screwingup this operation? I got you asuite at the fuckin' Plaza Hotel!

IRVING ROSENFELD

The shittiest suite at the Plaza

Hotel.

RICHIE DIMASO:

What?!

IRV ROSENFELD:

The shittiest fuckin' suite.

RICHIE DIMASO:

Based on what--?

2.

IRVING ROSENFELD

And the food is wrong, and--What is

this? You, like, went in my closet

or something?

EDITH GREENSLY:

No

IRVING ROSENFELD

Are you dressing him like you’re

dressing me now?

EDITH GREENSLY:

(shakes her head)

No, what are you thinking? This

isn't all about you, you know that.

RICHIE DIMASO:

What, did you try to dress me so I

would look like him?

EDITH GREENSLY:

No, you're not dressed like him,

all right?

RICHIE DIMASO:

But I do, I look like him.

EDITH GREENSLY:

No, he's in like, velvet. Come on.

IRVING ROSENFELD

You asked me to show you how this

was done, you wanna fuck it up be

my guest.

EDITH GREENSLY:

What is your problem?

RICHIE DIMASO:

Hey, look, I never laid a hand on

her, all right? Is that what this

is about?

EDITH GREENSLY:

(British accent)

Well technically, that’s not true.

RICHIE DIMASO:

Look, we never had sex ok? I just -

3.

RICHIE DIMASO (CONT’D)

What'd I do? I put my hand like

this -

Richie reaches out and puts his hand on Irving’s face very

carefully, not forcefully.

Irving swipes it away violently the second it touches his

face.

IRVING ROSENFELD

Don’t you fucking touch me. That

bothers me -

RICHIE DIMASO:

Oh it does?

IRVING ROSENFELD

Oh yeah.

RICHIE DIMASO:

That bothers you?

IRVING ROSENFELD

Yes.

RICHIE DIMASO:

You know, a lot of shit bothers me

too, but I was trying to help you.

If I wanted to bother you, if I

really wanted to fucking bother

you, this is what I’d do.

Richie takes his hand and destroys the combover Irving spent

so much time creating. Irving just stands there, hair ruined,

staring at Richie.

IRVING ROSENFELD

You shouldn’t have done that.

Irving just stands there staring at Richie, hair all wild and

messed up looking very angry.

RICHIE DIMASO:

How’s that? You bothered now? (no

answer) Alright, don’t make a thing

of it.

EDITH GREENSLY:

You shouldn’t touch him. He doesn’t

like that.

4.

RICHIE DIMASO:

Oh my god, fix his hair. Don’t makea thing of it.

EDITH GREENSLY:

It takes some time, ok.

Edith walks over to Irving who is still standing there insilence with his hair all over the place. She carefullystarts helping him put it back together.

RICHIE DIMASO:

Big fucking deal. We got to get inthe other room, come on. The

mayor’s in there.

EDITH GREENSLY:

Yes I know that.

RICHIE DIMASO:

Should we go to the beauty parlor?

Is that what we should do?

Richie walks over and opens up a briefcase that’s sitting onthe dresser. Inside are stacks of cash.

Edith is still helping Irving put his hair back together.

IRVING ROSENFELD

How’s it look.

EDITH GREENSLY:

You look fine.

Richie slams the briefcase shut looking very nervous andintense.

Let’s go.

RICHIE DIMASO:

CUT TO:

4 STEELY DAN’S “DIRTY WORK” STARTS ON THE SOUNDTRACK AS THEY

WALK DOWN THE HALLWAY THREE ACROSS: IRVING, EDITH, RICHIE.

RICHIE WITH BRIEFCASE IN HAND.

4

5 INT. PLAZA HOTEL SUITE FOYER - DAY 5

SLOW MOTION -- DOUBLE DOORS PUSH OPEN AND Edith ENTERS THE

SUITE -- THEY WALK INTO --

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