The Maiden Heist

Published August 4, 2013

The Maiden Heist

Film info

  • Title The Maiden Heist
  • Director Peter Hewitt
  • Year 2009
  • Run time 1hr 30m
  • Genres Crime, Comedy
  • Tagline They're not bad guys, just bad thieves

It was a stroke of genius, but now the perfect crime is turning into a perfect disaster. Charles (Morgan Freeman), Roger (Christopher Walken) and George (William H. Macy) are the very picture of honest security guards. But when they learn their favourite artworks are being sent to another museum, they concoct a plan to switch the real masterpieces with fakes. All goes well until a mistake forces these first-time thieves into a last-minute escapade.

Fast Facts

Title: The Heist (or The Maiden Heist) Director: Peter Hewitt Year: 2009 Run time: 1hr 30m

Background Info

I always enjoy it when we find a 99p Film of the Week on iTunes that we’re interested in watching, because that’s how this whole Film Watch thing started. We saw this one with its intriguing cast, and although we’d never heard of it and didn’t know anything about it, we got to watching it almost straight away.

Live Blog

1:11 - Pretty good cast, that should bode well… but doesn’t always translate to good films. 3:20 - Roger Barlow… like Gary but different. 5:06 - Is it me or is the painting of Amy Pond? 9:49 - “Roger, were you wearing your beret again?” 17:00 - They are all wrapped up in coats and hats, it looks like it’s Russia! 18:51 - That’s the best he could do with the model. “It’s not to scale,” etc. 23:48 - Denmark isn’t your conventional retirement choice. 30:04 - “I can only paint what I see… I’m not a Xerox machine!” 36:49 - Beast is an excellent name to call someone. You beast! 45:36 - I don’t know for sure, but you’re bound to notice a security guard carrying a seriously heavy bag shaped like a statue! 47:53 - I can’t say I understand the obsession, but it must be disconcerting to see it off the wall after so many years. 51:19 - Coming up with code names must be the most fun of dreaming up any heist plan. 59:46 - But it’s clear that you can’t have a plan with someone called Roger. 1:04:27 - Well that was almost as tense as the whole Mission Impossible thing! 1:11:41 - “Don’t panic! If you panic, I’ll panic!” 1:13:33 - Brilliant first holiday snap. 1:17:37 - I really like the wife’s accent. 1:21:51 - He got the painting at home and in Florida too!


I loved it! I wasn’t sure about the opening scene, and then it felt like it took a while to really warm up after that but as it got going, it was really good. The characters were great, if slightly crazy, and their reactions to each stage of the heist felt realistic as well as amusing. It’s one of those films where you are rooting for them to pull off the plan, even though it’s blatant thievery but I liked the tiny little twist at the end. Recommended.

**Rating: **4/5

Rating: 4 / 5

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