The Maiden Heist

July 8th, 2010


The Maiden Heist

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A comedy centered on three museum security guards who devise a plan to steal back the artworks to which they have become attached after they are transferred to another museum.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 6.1/10 (5,702 voted)

Director: Peter Hewitt

Stars: Christopher Walken, Joseph McKenna, Wynn Everett

Three middle-age guards learn that their museum has sold a wing of art to a Danish museum. Each has a favorite in that collection, and none can imagine life without the peace and completion it brings. Though mere acquaintances, they plot a theft of the three pieces between the time they are packed and the time they're loaded onto a plane. First each must obtain a forgery; then, they have to smuggle the forgeries into the museum and find a way to make the switches. The heist is complicated by Roger's intrusive wife - he's promised her a trip to Florida for their anniversary - and George's proclivity for taking his clothes off when standing in front of the warrior statue he loves.

Christopher Walken - Roger Barlow
Joseph McKenna - Lead Villain
Wynn Everett - Docent
Patricia B. Till - Rude Museum Patron
Marcia Gay Harden - Rose Barlow
Bhavesh Patel - Donnie (as Bhavesh R. Patel)
Todd Weeks - Curator
Philip Dorn Hebert - Needlebaum
Morgan Freeman - Charles Peterson
William H. Macy - George McLendon
Jim Chiros - Sculptor
Breckin Meyer - Starving Artist
Stephen Stapinski - Bob
Bates Wilder - Warehouse Foreman
Anthony Cascio - Tony Bargello (as Anthony M. Cascio)

Taglines: They're not bad guys. Just bad thieves.

Release Date: 8 July 2010

Filming Locations: Boston Common, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $20,000,000 (estimated)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The ladies playing the museum visitors were not told that Christopher Walken was going to interrupt the docent's explanation of "The Lonely Maiden". Therefore, their reactions to Roger's expertise were genuine.

Continuity: During the end beach scene at the end of the movie Rose's hand position changes between camera angles. Her hand is by her face, then elsewhere, then by her face again.

[first lines]
Lead Villain: I sincerely apologize for disturbing your afternoon. If you relax, and stay calm, you will all be here alive. We have come only for the girl.

User Review

Good actors & a predictable storyline ... an innocent satirical comedy.

Rating: 7/10

This film has less to do with art than some might suggest. Rather, this great satire is centred on the ridicule of the modern man. Having rid himself of any history, cultural belief and, ultimately, of his identity, in the name of liberty, equality and multiculturalism while the superficial industrial regimes imposed their utilitarian philosophy during the last couple centuries, the meaninglessness of the modern man's life is ever so flagrant.

Peter Hewitt casts great actors to play the role of museum security guards who have spent the better part of their lives standing still. Each of these guards becomes attached to and finds meaning for his life in one of the pieces of art of the museum. However unexciting the main storyline might be, Hewitt uses the script to build this satire on so much realism that it makes for a good comedy.

If you are looking for a light and innocent comedy, can look past a couple stereotypes and predictable twists, than you might enjoy this movie.


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