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|Tower Heist (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)|
|Soundtrack album and film score by |
|Released||November 1, 2011|
|Christophe Beck film scores chronology|
The film s soundtrack album and musical score was composed by Christophe Beck and produced by Jake Monaco and was released on November 1, 2011, by Varèse Sarabande, Back Lot Music and Colosseum Records. It consists of 22 tracks with a runtime of 40 minutes.
All tracks are written by Christophe Beck.
|1.||Theme From Tower Heist||3:30|
|5.||Lester s Loss||0:58|
|6.||My Little Bitch||1:28|
|7.||Macy s Day||2:45|
|8.||The Marshall Swindle||1:09|
|9.||Right at Rikers||0:44|
|10.||Fifty Dollar Thrift Lift||1:55|
|11.||The Charlie Deception||0:55|
|12.||We Go On Snoopy||3:00|
|14.||Grand Theft Auto||3:22|
|15.||Gonna Call Ralph||1:06|
|16.||Strong Box Situation||0:58|
|18.||Odessa s Cake||1:39|
The world premiere of Tower Heist took place on October 24, 2011, at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York City. The film was theatrically released on November 4, 2011, in the United States by Universal Pictures and Relativity Media.
Video on demand boycott
On October 5, 2011, Universal Pictures announced that Tower Heist would be made available for home viewing via parent company Comcast s video on demand system three weeks after its theatrical debut at the rental cost of $59.99. The move was announced as a test case, to be conducted only in Atlanta and Portland. The move met with criticism from cinema chains over concern that the test and any further future implementation would impact ticket sales. The following day, Cinemark Theatres – the third largest cinema chain in the United States – threatened to not show the film at all if Universal proceeded with the test. On October 11, 2011, several independent theater chains, including Galaxy Theatres, Regency Theatres and Emagine Theatres, and small cinema houses representing approximately 50 screens across the country, also threatened not to play Tower Heist. The following day the chains were joined by 950-screen National Amusements theater chain. In response, Universal Pictures released a statement saying that they would no longer pursue the proposed test.
Tower Heist earned $78 million in the United States and Canada, and $74.9 million in other territories, for a worldwide gross of $152.9 million. Pre-release audience tracking in the United States indicated that the film had strong awareness among males of all ages, followed by older women. Universal Pictures projected opening takings of $25–30 million during the opening weekend – aiming below expectations due to a slow marketplace – with rival studios claiming that the film would need to make at least $30 million to be a success. In the United States and Canada, Tower Heist opened in 3,367 theaters. The film took $85,000 from midnight screenings and a total of $8.5 million opening Friday, becoming the number one grossing film for the day. Although the film had been expected to be the number one film for the weekend, it took $10.5 million on the opening Saturday, falling behind the animated film Puss in Boots ($15.3 million). Tower Heist became the number two film for the weekend with $24 million, behind Puss in Boots ($34 million), with 70% of the audience being over the age of 25—the largest segment, 27%, being over 50—and 56% male. The opening audience was ethnically diverse consisting of 48% Caucasian, 21% African American, and 21% Hispanic. Tower Heist was released on November 2, 2011, in the United Kingdom and opened in a total of 23 countries, including Germany, Spain, Hong Kong, and India, by November 4, 2011, at a total of 1,948 theaters. The opening weekend saw the film gross $9.5 million – an average of $5,000 per theater – with the largest earnings coming from the United Kingdom ($2.3 million at 416 theaters) where it was the number three film for the weekend, and Spain ($1.6 million at 300 theaters) where it was the number two film.
Tower Heist was released on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in the United States on February 21, 2012. The DVD and Blu-ray disc versions contain two alternate endings to the film, deleted and alternate scenes, a gag reel of mistakes made during filming, commentary on the film by Ratner, Griffin, Nathanson, and editor Mark Helfrich, and a behind the scenes film that details the development process of the film. The Blu-ray edition additionally contains film storyboards, three videos about the filmmaking process led by Ratner, and musical tracks from the film.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 68% based on reviews from 200 critics, with an average rating of 6.20/10. The site s critics consensus reads: Tower Heist is a true Brett Ratner joint: little brains to this caper, but it s fun fluff, exciting to watch, and showcases a welcome return to form for Eddie Murphy. Metacritic gave the film a weighted average score of 59 out of 100, based on reviews from 39 critics, indicating mixed or average reviews . Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of B on an A+ to F scale.
Tim Robey of The Daily Telegraph called the film a tolerably enjoyable Brett Ratner movie , labeling it brash, forgettable fun . He criticized Ratner for having the mostly white characters require the aid of a black character for the heist, saying it s a little embarrassing that they can t conceive of doing this without bailing a black criminal out of jail but cultural sensitivity has never been Ratner s strong suit. The Hollywood Reporter s Todd McCarthy said that the film is snappy, well cast and streetwise but felt that it ignored the contemporary economic issues at its core . McCarthy said that Murphy s performance was a return to form as the rude, confrontational, wiseass Murphy audiences have nearly forgotten after all the silly kid comedies and heavy-makeup outings of recent years , and said that with his introduction the film s energy and amusement level kick up a few notches , but that the enjoyment ebbs during the actual break-in, in which Murphy becomes neutered ... and the logistics of the heist become too far-fetched and laborious.
New York s David Edelstein called it a shameless but exuberantly well-done caper comedy , and praised the performances of Stiller, Murphy and Leoni, saying Ben Stiller ... and Eddie Murphy ... show off two of the best fastballs in comedy, and Téa Leoni s best scene as an FBI agent – drunk, both sloppy and blunt – makes you wish she had more. Emanuel Levy called Tower Heist a formulaic, haphazardly plotted action comedy ... whose best asset is its strong ensemble. Levy said What makes the picture ... work is not its plot, which is overly familiar and utterly implausible, but the socio-psychological dynamics that prevail among the. Levy singled out Stiller as well cast and Sidibe as having some of the picture s best lines , but gave individual praise to Murphy, saying that he dominates the second half of the picture , rendering a joyous performance that recalls his witty, charming, streetwise roles of the 1980s .
Empire s Nick de Semlyen awarded the film three out of five stars, calling it fun if uneven stuff from Ratner , with a fairly dull opening act. Semlyen said it was a welcome return to form for Eddie Murphy , but was critical that he is sorely underused . Semlyen praised Alda, saying that it is his smarm offensive that turns out to be the primary pleasure . The Village Voice s Nick Pinkteron said that the film deserves credit as a clean, well-turned job, fleet and funny and inconsequential , and appreciated the cast, praising Leoni as the best thing going , and Murphy s inspired contributions. Pinkerton was critical of the script, describing it as amateur as its crooks: the audience isn t even fully aware of who s in on the job when it kicks off, while other threads are left dangling.
Roger Ebert awarded the film 2.5 out of 4, saying This isn t a great heist movie for a lot of reasons, beginning with the stupidity of its heist plan and the impossibility of these characters ever being successful at anything more complex than standing in line , but appreciated that the comedy did not go heavy on the excremental, the masturbatory and symphonies of four-letter words , calling it funny in an innocent screwball kind of way . Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly called the film overblinged, eye-catching, and essentially tacky , and praised Murphy, saying when Murphy is on screen, his comedic vigor ... gooses the movie s energy level ... but whenever Murphy wanders off, the movie s pulse rate drops. Tower Heist is in effect two movies: One belongs to Murphy, the other to the rest of the cast. Time Out London s Trevor Johnston said that though it s hard to get excited by this amiable potboiler, Tower Heist is so at home with its limitations it s equally hard to dislike , but criticized the finale which might have been a bit more tense had we been able to take it remotely seriously . Time Out New York s David Fear gave it 2 out of 5 stars, saying one nail-biting moment and some much-missed Murphy mouthiness won t keep you from feeling like you re the one being ripped off.
The New Yorker s Anthony Lane criticized the plot, saying toss everything you can find, starting with roughly diced plots, into the blender: such appears to be the method behind Tower Heist. Lane called the characters unlikable people but offered praise to Broderick, saying he underplays so well . Lane lamented that the notion of a theft from the thieves – from those who are lapped in lofty, screw you wealth – is a tempting one right now, but Tower Heist passes the buck. Variety s Peter Debruge was also critical, saying the film goes wonky on the way to the bank, due to its lackluster pacing and shortage of the qualities that typically earn stars Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy their paychecks – namely, laughs. Debruge felt that the opening 40 minutes were a dull blue-collar drama populated entirely by stereotypes , and while the film picks up some much-needed momentum with the actual heist, the resolution feels rushed . Debruge echoed praise for Murphy, calling his performance a welcome return to the comic s irreverent, 80s-era persona , and lamenting his limited screen-time.
Tower Heist received two NAACP Image Award nominations, for Outstanding Motion Picture and Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture for Eddie Murphy.
|2012||Movies for Grownups Award||Best Comedy||Tower Heist||Nominated|
|NAACP Image Award||Outstanding Motion Picture||Nominated|
|Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture||Eddie Murphy||Nominated|
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Universal Pictures, Imagine Entertainment, Relativity Media
English, Spanish, Chinese
Tower Heist is a 2011 American heist comedy film directed by Brett Ratner, written by Ted Griffin and Jeff Nathanson, based on a story by Bill Collage, Adam Cooper and Griffin and starring Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Casey Affleck, Alan Alda, Matthew Broderick, Judd Hirsch, Téa Leoni, Michael Peña, and Gabourey Sidibe. The plot follows employees of an exclusive apartment building who lose their pensions in the Ponzi scheme of a Wall Street businessman and enlist the aid of a criminal, a bankrupt businessman, and an immigrant maid to break into his apartment and steal back their money while avoiding the FBI agents in charge of his case.
Tower Heist began development as early as 2005, based on an idea by Murphy that would star him and an all-black cast of comedians as a heist group who rob Trump International Hotel and Tower. As the script developed and changed into an Ocean s Eleven–style caper, Murphy left the project. Ratner continued to develop the idea into what would eventually become Tower Heist, with Murphy later rejoining the production. Filming took place entirely in New York City on a budget of $75 million (after tax rebates), with several buildings provided by Donald Trump used to represent the eponymous tower. The film s soundtrack album and musical score was composed by Christophe Beck and produced by Jake Monaco and was released on November 1, 2011, by Varèse Sarabande, Back Lot Music and Colosseum Records.
The film received mixed reviews from critics, with praise going to the cast, including Broderick, Leoni, and Stiller. Murphy s performance was repeatedly singled out, with critics feeling that he displayed a welcome return to the comedic style of his early career. Much of the criticism was focused on the plot, which was considered formulaic , rushed , dull and laborious . The film was theatrically released on November 4, 2011, in the United States by Universal Pictures where it earned $152.9 million worldwide on a budget of $75–85 million.
Prior to release, the film was involved in a controversy over plans by Universal Pictures to release it for home viewing on video on demand to 500,000 Comcast customers, only three weeks after its theatrical debut. Concern over the implementation s harming ticket sales and inspiring further films to follow suit resulted in several theater chains refusal to show the film at all if the plan went ahead, forcing Universal to abandon the idea.
This was one of Heavy D s final roles before he died.
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