- Cast: Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy, Matthew Broderick, Casey Affleck, Téa Leoni, Gabourey Sidibe, Michael Peña, Alan Alda, Judd Hirsch, Marcia Jean Kurtz, Danielle McKee, Nina Arianda, Stephen Henderson, Jeff Grossman, Stephane Nicoli, Rock Kohli, Clem Cheung, Peter Van Wagner, Mike D. Anderson, Kenzie Kyle, Judianny Compres, Aja McKenzie
- Director: Brett Ratner
- Writers: Noah Baumbach, Bill Collage, Adam Cooper, Leslie Dixon, Russell Gewirtz, Ted Griffin, Jeff Nathanson, Rawson Marshall Thurber
- Producers: Brian Grazer, Eddie Murphy
- Executive Producers: Bill Carraro, Karen Kehela, Kim Roth
- Art Direction: Nicholas Lundy
- Casting: Kathleen Chopin
- Costume Design: Sarah Edwards
- D.O.P.: Dante Spinotti
- Editor: Mark Helfrich
- Makeup: Evelyne Noraz
- Music: Christophe Beck
- Production Design: Kristi Zea
- Set Decoration: Diane Lederman
Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy lead an all-star cast in "Tower Heist," a comedy caper about working stiffs who seek revenge on the Wall Street swindler who stiffed them. After the workers at a luxury Central Park condominium discover the penthouse billionaire has stolen their retirement, they plot the ultimate revenge: a heist to reclaim what he took from them.
Queens native Josh Kovacs (Stiller) has managed one of the most luxurious and well-secured residences in New York City for more than a decade. Under his watchful eye, nothing goes undetected. In the swankiest unit atop Josh's building, Wall Street titan Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda) is under house arrest after being caught stealing two billion from his investors. The hardest hit among those he defrauded? The tower staffers whose pensions he was entrusted to manage.
With only days before Arthur gets away with the perfect crime, Josh's crew turns to petty crook Slide (Murphy) to plan the nearly impossible...to steal what they are sure is hidden in Arthur's guarded condo. Though amateurs, these rookie thieves know the building better than anyone. Turns out they've been casing the place for years, they just didn't know it.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: New York City, USA
- MPAA Warning: Language and sexual content
- Production Budget: $85 million
- Production Companies: Imagine Entertainment, Rat Entertainment
- Production Schedule: 30 October 2010 - 28 February 2011
2011 Guide Analysis: "Starting out life as "Trump Heist", a "black 'Ocean's Eleven'" according to insiders, this caper movie had a cast that included Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle and Chris Tucker as a bunch of employees of New York’s Trump Tower who conspire to rip off the building’s residents. Then, like many scripts in Hollywood, it was re-conceived and became something a little different.
Murphy left the project, Ben Stiller signed on to star and Brett Ratner came onboard to direct, neither a winning move or a disaster. One smart idea was to have "The Squid and the Whale" director Noah Baumbach come in and re-write the script. He removed all the Trump references, while injecting new angle tying things into the recent global financial crisis. Now, instead of ripping off rich people, the group would swindle a Bernie Madoff-like figure (Alan Alda) who himself defrauded them - making the stakes more personal.
A decent cast quickly came together including Téa Leoni, Casey Affleck, Matthew Broderick, Michael Peña, Gabourey Sidibe and Judd Hirsch. Eddie Murphy, who had dropped out, came back onboard as well. All can handle the material if done right and a Baumbach script is usually a good sign. Despite the fanboys hatred of him for "X-Men: The Last Stand", this light action comedy formula is something that Ratner can do in his sleep so it should be fine on that front."