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)

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


Patricia B. Till

Rude Museum Patron

Marcia Gay Harden

Rose Barlow

Bhavesh Patel


(as Bhavesh R. Patel)

Todd Weeks


Philip Dorn Hebert


Morgan Freeman

Charles Peterson

William H. Macy

George McLendon

Jim Chiros


Breckin Meyer

Starving Artist

Stephen Stapinski


Bates Wilder

Warehouse Foreman

Anthony Cascio

Tony Bargello

(as Anthony M. Cascio)

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


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.


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