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The Maiden Heist
The Maiden Heist
Actors: Christopher Walken, Joseph McKenna, Wynn Everett, Patricia B. Till, Marcia Gay Harden
Director: Peter Hewitt
Genres: Comedy, Mystery & Suspense
PG-13     2009     1hr 30min

Their plan wasn't exactly a work of art. It was a stroke of genius. But now the perfect crime is turning into a perfect disaster in this madcap comedy featuring Academy Award winners Morgan Freeman, Christopher Walken, Mar...  more »

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Actors: Christopher Walken, Joseph McKenna, Wynn Everett, Patricia B. Till, Marcia Gay Harden
Director: Peter Hewitt
Creators: Morgan Freeman, Bob Yari, David Glasser, Jonathan McCoy, Kim H. Winther, Lori McCreary, Michael LeSieur
Genres: Comedy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 11/24/2009
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 4
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Reviewed on 9/14/2021...
Strong start but only to fizzle. There are a few well known actors you know in this but I was disappointed.
Michel D. (michelann) from WALNUT GROVE, MO
Reviewed on 7/29/2016...
Great casting of some top quality performers who know how to make me laugh for sure! I'd watch this one over and over because there is so much going on! Especially love the understated William H Macy!
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Peter Q. (Petequig)
Reviewed on 7/12/2010...
Good fun from a stellar cast.
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
James B. (wandersoul73) from LINDALE, TX
Reviewed on 4/11/2010...
Well, my brother and sister are both painters so I rented this to watch with them both. Sadly, it wasn't too great, although, it was not awful either. I guess it was 'middle-of-the-road good - ok for a single viewing. Plus, one of the artworks featured was painted by Jeremy Lipking, it's called 'The Lonely Maiden'. He's a really cool painter if you are into those things.
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

A Charming Film
D. A Wend | Buffalo Grove, IL USA | 11/09/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The prior reviews of The Maiden Heist have given a good idea of the story of this film. To those I have some non-spoiler comments.

The Maiden Heist, to judge from the clapboards, was originally titled The Maiden Lady from the painting that Christopher Walken is obsessed with. This film answers the question if museum guards actually like the art they protect. The three guards of the story - Christopher Walken, Morgan Freeman and William H. Macey - are all obsessed with different pieces of art. They feel very protective about their art so when they learn that the entire exhibit will be moved to a museum in Denmark and replaced by some avant-guard art, they decide to save their favorites.

Morgan Freeman plays a soft-spoken affable man who enjoys drawing and painting; William H. Macey's character claims he was a Marine but changes his combat stories and Christopher Walken is a quiet homebody who daydreams about protecting his Maiden Lady from ant harm. Marcia Gay Harden has a marvelous supporting role as Christopher Walken's wife who-must-be-obeyed.

The fun of the film is that the three guards fumble their way through the heist. There are many funny scenes in the film but also some that stretch the imagination. The conclusion of the film is one of real charm and understanding. The DVD comes with bonus features that include a making of the film, deleted scenes and bloopers. The many scenes that were deleted struck me as wise decisions. The performances are what make this film and are excellent even when the material is lacking.

Low-key heist film with another perfect Marcia performance
Steve Kuehl | Ben Lomond, CA | 10/26/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Even though Marcia Gay Harden has a supporting role here as Christopher Walken's retro-laden wife, she plays pitch perfect the supplemental but powerful wife. Otherwise, the only other stand-out surprise would be William H Macy's bold outing as a bronze statue obsessed museum guard (right down to the several nude scenes where he shows off his impressive 59-year old muscular tone).

The story follows three museum guards as they decide to pull off a heist of their favorite artwork after the museum sells the pieces off. Each of these guys have their own weird little nuances that make them the perfect trio of dysfunctional museum guards, but most of their backgrounds are never really delved into. Most of what we get are three old guys trying to be something more than they ever have been - but in a low-key semi-realistic kind of way. Morgan Freeman plays the affable "sexually questionable" (from the making-of) character which just did not feel right, and Christopher Walken really only gets to be himself in the opening sequence (a great shoot-out dream sequence - loved it). The supplements are decent and include:

* 17:45 minute making-of. It is a little too heavy towards being reliant on film clips but the remaining half of the documentary gives some average background on what the four A-listers thought about their characters. Gives some good insight into why Marcia Gay Harden is so retro in this film.
* 12:19 minutes of deleted scenes. Glad they were cut - especially the corny museum guard supporting cast trying to be funny.
* 3 minutes of bloopers. Funny once or twice.
* Commentary by the main crew. Unless you really need to know how great it is to work with the main four actors then just stick with the making of.

Have to admit I love the writing at the end of the film with regards to Marcia Gay Harden's character - she is a beauty. 3.5 for the film and .5 for the extras. Not an action film or an outright comedy, but just a light take on some old guys trying to make their masterpieces stay in their lives."
Another elderly buddy movie
Nobody | 10/26/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"It went straight to video, apparently because of trouble with the company that owned the distribution rights, but if "Wild Hogs" made money, this shouldn't have had any trouble.

The plot involves two museum security guards who've fallen in love with two paintings, and a third guard who has . . . some other relationship with a statue, destined to be sold to another museum and replaced by suitable horrific modern art repellent to the guys, namely Christopher Walken, Morgan Freeman and William Macy. By the title you can tell what their solution is, so I need say no more about that.

The tone is light, comedic, but there are no real out-loud laughs, despite best efforts. Obviously the acting is very good, the chemistry works, but there are very large holes in reason and common sense. That shouldn't bother you if you don't expect too much out of the movie, but it might be rather annoying at times to some. Still, overall it worked reasonably well, too bad it didn't get a chance at the mall."