Oscar-nominated dramedy "American Hustle" was released on DVD, Blu-ray, digital download and VOD on March 18, 2014. Two days after the movie's release on home video, "American Hustle" became a Top 10 search topic on Google. Most of the Internet buzz has to do with a deleted scene featuring Jennifer Lawrence (as frustrated housewife Rosalyn Rosenfeld) vacuuming her living room while dancing and lip syncing to Santana's 1969 song "Evil Ways." The New York Daily News website published photo stills from the scene.
Lawrence did another "singing" scene that did make it into the final movie: As Rosalyn Rosenfeld, she angrily dances around and sings to Paul McCartney and Wings' 1973 hit "Live and Let Die" as she thinks about her cheating con artist husband, Irving Rosenfeld (played by Christian Bale), and how she wants to get revenge.
Columbia Pictures' "American Hustle" is inspired by the real-life ABSCAM political scandal in the 1970s, when several politicians were arrested for taking bribes. The movie also stars Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner. Lawrence, Bale, Adams and Cooper were all nominated for Oscars for their performances in the movie.
"American Hustle" (directed and co-written by David O. Russell) was nominated for 10 Oscars but did not win any. However, the movie won numerous other awards in 2014, including three Golden Globes, two BATFAs, one Screen Actors Guild Awards and four Critics' Choice Awards. "American Hustle" and "The Wolf of Wall Street" are tied for the most nominations (eight each) at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards.
The movie has also been a big hit with audiences. According to Box Office Mojo, "American Hustle" had $149.5 million in ticket sales in the U.S. and Canada. Early tracking numbers from Rentrak show that "American Hustle" is also a big hit on home video.
At the "American Hustle" press conference that I attended in December 2013 in New York City, Lawrence had this to say about her manic "Live and Let Die" scene in the movie: "We were going to go over the script before we started shooting and [David] said he had a vision of Rosalyn wearing yellow cleaning gloves and running through the entire house singing, 'Live and Let Die.' I said, 'That sounds incredible. How’s it going to make sense?'
"I’m so stupid with these [things] and like, 'I’ll dance, I’ll sing, whatever,' but she’s so angry and she’s at this point where she’s been lied to for so long and left out of everything, and she’s getting to this point in this marriage that she’s been fighting for so long, that she’s been imprisoning this man for so many years in this marriage and she’s finally ready to let it die. So, I think that was this great, crazy moment. I threw my neck out, actually."