WHO’S IN IT?

Christian Bale (The Dark Knight), Bradley Cooper (The Hangover), Amy Adams (Enchanted), Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker), Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games), Robert De Niro (Raging Bull), Louis C.K. (Blue Jasmine), Michael Peña (Crash), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Elisabeth Röhm (Law & Order), Erica McDermott (The Fighter)

WHO’S BEHIND THE CAMERA?

David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook), director, writer; Eric Singer (The International), writer; Megan Ellison (Zero Dark Thirty), Jonathan Gordon (Hotel for Dogs), Charles Roven (Batman Begins) and Richard Suckle (Scooby-Doo), producers; Danny Elfman (The Nightmare Before Christmas), composer; Linus Sandgren (Promised Land), cinematographer; Alan Baumgarten (Zombieland), Jay Cassidy (Brothers) and Crispin Struthers (Looking for Buddha), editors

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

70s con man Irving Rosenfeld (Bale) and his partner-in-crime/mistress Sydney Prosser (Adams) are recruited by wild and manic FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Cooper) who forces them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia connections and into the peripheral vision of Mayor Carmine Polito (Renner) who is linked between the two. But when Irving’s frustrated wife Rosalyn (Lawrence) threatens to pull the strings, all hell breaks loose…

IN ONE SENTENCE, WHY SHOULD YOU BE EXCITED?

On a career high after critical and commercial praise for The Fighter and Silver Linings Playbook, director David O. Russell’s newest caper American Hustle combines the casts of both films and brings a cool and hip sense of swagger to a groovy, impossibly-real true story.

WHEN’S IT OUT?

WEDNESDAY 1ST JANUARY 2014