The made-in-Massachusetts flick The Maiden Heist went straight to video late last month after screenings at the American Film Market in Santa Monica last November, The Hanover Theatre in March and the Edinburgh International Film Festival in June. While Heist was scheduled for widespread theatrical release on March 29, 2009, the film’s distributor–the Yari Film Group–filed for bankruptcy in December of 2008, smashing the movie’s silver screen dreams.
The comedy narrates the story of three museum security guards, each of whom is infatuated with a particular objet d’art at work. When a new curator changes the museum’s entire collection, the trio plans a daring art heist to reclaim the masterpieces that they hold near and dear. Boasting an all-star cast including Morgan Freeman, Christopher Walken, and William H. Macy under the award-winning direction of Peter Hewitt, the comedy’s short span of screenings is truly a disappointment. Nancy Sheehan of Telegram.com reports that the film “…received excellent reviews in special screenings.”
Check out the trailer below for a glimpse at the small screen spectacle.
The Maiden Heist was shot in the Greater Boston area, most prominently at the Worcester Art Museum. Many museum staffers scored roles as extras in the film; unfortunately, bankruptcy has beset their fifteen minutes of fame.