American Hustle Posters

Posted on October 07, 2013

We clapped with glee at the following posters. Good period costume design just makes us happy. Especially when it’s a period – in this case, the late ’70s – that so many costume designers seem determined to get wrong. Costume designer Michael Wilkinson got it pretty damn right, but we still have some slight quibbles.


The ladies in particular have a 21stC, Photoshop-enhanced polished perfection that simply doesn’t reflect true ’70s  style; not even the Studio 54 version of the ’70s. Even when it was all glitter and glamour, there was an underlying griminess that permeated the styles of the decade.  For instance, J Law’s dress should really be a nipple extravaganza. It’s exactly what those kinds of dresses were designed for. Her headlights should be popping out all over the place. And while they did a pretty great job on Bradley Cooper, there’s too much visible product in his hair. This is no time for the wet look. White-guy ‘fros of the ’70s were dry, flyaway affairs (See: every late-season Brady male). They really nailed it with Jeremy Renner, though. He looks like the mayor of the town in Jaws. Christian Bale’s also hilariously on-point for a late ’70s middle-aged sleazeball.


 “A fictional film set in the alluring world of one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation, American Hustle tells the story of brilliant con man Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale), who along with his equally cunning and seductive British partner Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams) is forced to work for a wild FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper). DiMaso pushes them into a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that’s as dangerous as it is enchanting. Jeremy Renner is Carmine Polito, the passionate, volatile, New Jersey political operator caught between the con-artists and Feds. Irving’s unpredictable wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) could be the one to pull the thread that brings the entire world crashing down. Like David O. Russell’s previous films, American Hustle defies genre, hinging on raw emotion, and life and death stakes.

Directed by David O. Russell and Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell.”



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  • par3182

    Michael Wilkinson is one of the nicest men alive; so happy for his success.

  • Karen Belgrad

    Jeremy Renner looks like an extra from the first season of Dallas (1978), which is a pretty damn good compliment. Actually, sans nipple protrusion, looks like something Victoria Principal would’ve been wearing!

  • understateddiva

    Gotta agree that most of them are way too polished, but so fun! Jennifer Lawrence looks like such a bombshell!

  • Jennifer Lawrence’s up do isn’t quite right, either. It would’ve been far more controlled looking, and evenly balanced, side to side.

    • formerlyAnon

      And the tendrils would not have fallen from the brow, but farther back toward the ears.

      • You’re both spot-on.

        • Darren Nesbitt

          20 years from now I will get to be spot-on about how twerking attire was in 2013.

          • formerlyAnon

            So true. I was thinking earlier that you can almost sort the demographics of the commenters by which decades they get dead-to-rights down to the little details. (The several participants here who are obviously very knowledgeable about, possibly professionally involved with, period dress/costume and makeup are excepted.)

    • Were they doing natural eyebrows then? I would have thought they should be thinner.

      • Sculpted eyebrows were still a happening thing.

      • formerlyAnon

        Two words: Brooke Shields. (ETA: I know her modeling didn’t peak till the early ’80s, but Pretty Baby came out in the late ’70s and she was almost immediately a “face.”)

        • I was thinking more Jacqueline Smith!

        • rajf

          It was a mix. I know I started to allow mine to grow in to the fuller Brooke style around 1980 or ’81 (around the same time that I was wearing lady-suits and silk bow-tied blouses to my corporate job). And now I’m reminiscing about having a choice in eyebrow style…sigh.

          • teensmom99

            I have pictures of myself from 1976 (I was 14) when I thought I had a pretty natural brow but it was so thin.

        • Constant Reader

          I think what made her “a face” (or at least part of it) was the full, natural brows. They were in total contrast with the pencil-thin tweezed brows everyone else had. She was so gorgeous and so different.

      • BrooklynBomber

        Full eyebrows were the thing.

    • MartyBellerMask

      I love you all. Where else can I get this info. Love it!!

    • BrooklynBomber

      Yep. This is way too Heather Locklear.

    • NinaBoo

      Exactly. And Amy’s hair would be frizzier. Product rarely achieved that perfect a curl back then. While my adult years started in the ’80s, I remember my cousins getting dressed up to go dancing and fighting with their curly hair. One of them had JLaw’s dress in russet and it was nipples for days in her dress.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      The makeup doesn’t quite hit it either. I think they toned her down because they didn’t want to overwhelm her or make it hard to recognize her.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    I’ll watch it for the cast and to see Christian Bale’s belly.

    • Shawn EH

      Somehow, he’s still hot.

  • So many thoughts!
    I’m so excited for this movie.
    Amy Adams is giving Nicole Kidman Days of Thunder realness!! But the dress is super 70s and I’ll take it.
    Bradley is the master of being both hot and creepy. He’s done it again.
    Jennifer, sadly, I’m not buying into her here. Yet. I always give her a chance with her performance.

    • Sarah

      Yah I really thought she was Nicole for a minute. It was confusing! Also, I feel like both of the girls need to be more shiny and sort of oily looking. I guess that’s what TLo meant by “grimy.”

      • GSMSF

        I think the overly polished look might have to do with the lighting as well. I think the lighting needs to be less soft and a little more harsh.

  • VioletFem

    Amy Adams looks fantastic in this poster (and the trailer especially) I’m kind of excited to see this film.

  • Emily Smith

    Not gonna lie I can’t wait for this movie.

  • NMMagpie

    When I saw that picture of Mr. Cooper, all I could think was: “Just let your Soul Glo!!!”

    • seelebrennt

      SEXUAL CHOCOLATE! god, i love that movie…

  • Angela_the_Librarian

    Christian Bale’s characters looks a lot like Tom Cruise’s character in Tropic Thunder…

  • formerlyAnon

    You guys are good. Very good. Lawrence’s lips should probably be shinier. With the rest of the makeup as polished as it is here, the “wet look” would have been wetter. (And oh god, the dreadful texture of the stuff used to get there . . .) And her tendrils would have been smoother and started from farther back, probably not from the brow.

    • Yes! Horrible sticky lipgloss is my earliest makeup memory.

      • formerlyAnon

        It tasted awful too. Very petrochemical.

        • Oh yes. In about 1978 my mum let me play with a Mary Quant makeup kit “for brown and green eyes” (why she had that one when everyone in our family has blue eyes is beyond me). Brown and green creme eyeshadows that creased immediately, sticky “gloss” highlighter for the brow bones and the thickest, stickiest gloopy gloss.

      • DTLAFamilies

        Bought my first ones at Woolworth’s.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      Yeah, it’s not disco enough. There should be a shinier lip, more face shimmer, more rouge. The rouge was out of control in the 70s.

      • editrixie

        THE WINGS. The wings on the sides of your face from the crazy red blush. It was totally out of control.

  • GorgeousThings

    The first thing I thought when I saw Amy Adams was, “Bernadette Peters!”

    • formerlyAnon

      Pretty darn close! Just not quite as pouty.

    • GillianHolroyd

      Nicole Kidman, Dead Calm era.

      • Shawn EH

        Yeah, but that was the late 80s, not the 70s. She’s not THAT old!

  • GorgeousThings

    And now, thanks very much (no, really) I have “In the Stone” running through my brain.

  • RebeccaKW

    I’m wondering if, in the movie, the nipple issue will be fine. Like, maybe they photoshopped them just for these images, just to keep the people who get mad about stuff like that from getting upset. Not that I think they’d shy away from controversy. Just a thought.

    • I had similar thoughts. If these score a B+/A- maybe it’s because some exec somewhere, doesn’t know their details and wanted movie star perfection over perfect period accuracy. I’m hoping the movie itself will be an A+ with the details like nipples, gloss, and tendrils. I think the grittiness we’re missing will come through on film.

  • formerlyAnon

    Looking at these I remember where my aversion to [what I see as] excessive jewelry on males came from. I don’t know which I despised more, the little tusks or the little [supposed] coke spoons.

  • The lipgloss just doesn’t look sticky enough.

  • RussellH88

    Amy Adams looks like a disco-fabulous Merida from Brave, no?

    I’m excited for this movie, Jennifer Lawrence is my everything.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I’m sure even if they wanted to have JLaw’s nips out, the general population would have freaked out.

  • looklook

    Did Christian Bale wear a fat costume or did he REALLY get fat this time?

    • andrea36608

      Since he lost all that weight for The Machinist, I would bet he gained it for this.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I’ll watch for Amy Adams’ hair alone. That shit is fabulous. Great cast too, actually. These are people I look forward to watching together.

  • acevedob

    I’m only going to watch this movie for Bradley 😉

  • veriance

    Christian Bale is bringing the Gil Gerard realness.

    • Shawn EH

      Think he’ll have some of those Buck Rogers stretch pants?

    • Imasewsure

      Gil Gerald… hilarious!!

  • MartyBellerMask

    I have NO interest in this movie. Why cast such good looking men to have them not look good. Just cast ugly guys. Too distracting thinking about how they are supposed to look. ..

  • Krysta

    Holy cow Christian Bale!!

  • gotgreyhound

    I saw the preview this weekend, and while the period sets and costumes looked great, I almost snapped my neck doing a double take at the last line of dialogue. Christian Bale says, “We’re all thieves. Didn’t you ever take a quarter from a payphone?” Boy, that broke the 70s spell in a flash—-payphone calls used to be a dime!

    • alyce1213

      Excellent call! I remember being in New Orleans in the late ’70s and the phone calls were still a nickel there, but a dime just about everywhere else.

      • teensmom99

        Actually, sometimes you’d get lots of change after a long distance call . . .

  • Donna Tabor

    I had a Halston swimsuit that was cut just like Amy Adams dress–down to there, and twisted, and the legs were back up to there. Of course I didn’t SWIM in it, are you crazy? 😉

  • AndiMarie

    Yay! Jeremy Renner and Bradley Cooper are a delightful way to start my work week. These posters are fab and what a fantastic cast!

  • crash1212

    Going on my “must see” list. In an actual theater.

  • Bexxx

    I have a really weird boner.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Well, if we’re gonna quibble, I’ll add that the straps on JLaw’s dress should be a drawstring going through the top of the bra part.

    • formerlyAnon

      Absolutely. I had a swimsuit like that, too.

    • VictoriaDiNardo

      Yep. I had that exact dress – with the drawstring halter – in mint green Qiana ( or maybe it was Nyesta..). Worn with a flower behind one ear of course. Love to love ya baby!

      • Adriana_Paula

        God I miss Qiana!

  • MilaXX

    Not quite n the nose, but pretty darn close

  • Janet B

    Maybe the best 70’s costumes I’ve seen.

  • girliecue

    Jeremy Renner just made my jaw drop. Now I’ll never be able to envision him looking any other way. Unfortunately.

    • formerlyAnon

      One dreadful plaid blazer away from Herb Tarlock realness.

      • Natalie

        I’m 25, and these WKRP references are giving me life. God, I love that show.

  • Shawn EH

    I remember 1970s hair product ads comparing the “wet look” and the dry look. The only thing the guys had in common were the wide lapels and the mustaches. I don’t remember which one was the winner.

    • Constant Reader

      IIRC, the ads were for a product called The Dry Look, so that’s what they were promoting. This was in contrast to the wet look, which was achieved with Brylcream or a similar old-fashioned hair product used by older men.

      I can remember this, but I have no idea where I put my car keys…

      • AmeliaEve

        The ads had a tagline, “The wet head is dead,” and they showed a tombstone engraved “Wet Head” in graveyard in the rain.

  • sekushinonyanko

    Did Amy Adams always look this much like Nicole Kidman (before she decided on a new face) or is it just the hair that is creating that effect?

    • Mary229

      Honestly, I think she’s always looked like Nicole Kidman. Lainey did a post on this back in like 2009 or something. But I think the more mature Adams gets the less “cute” she gets and the more “striking” she gets which makes me more noticable.

  • I think the low-cut item on Amy Adams is just too narrow. 70s wasn’t so much a boob tape era, you had your own boobs holding things in.

  • jilly_d

    I have never heard of this movie but these posters make me desperate to see it. Well done, marketing campaign.

    • Qitkat

      lol. I had the opposite reaction. But Amy Adams’ hair is stunning.

  • here for the perms.

  • BKagainwiththesweatpants

    omg, Bradley Cooper’s qiana shirt is killing me! If there’s a god, this movie will have many of them, maybe with flying motocross bikes or beach scenes on them–they were essential in the late 70s. In the remake of WKRP in Cincinnati, Jeremy Renner can be Herb Tarlek, JLaw can be Jennifer Marlowe, and Bradley Cooper can be Andy Travis. Hollywood, make it happen.

    • formerlyAnon

      Noooooo. You can’t remake that show! That was such a stunning ensemble. It was the skill of the actors that carried the show.

  • Imasewsure

    The guys are hilarious. Love and props to Jeremy Renner and Christian Bale though for embodying the awful awful styles of the 70’s… I might even see this one

  • Jackie4g

    Oh gee, another movie where people from New Jersey are gangsters and thugs? Can’t wait.

  • Inspector_Gidget

    Jeremy Renner looks like a 55 year old televangelist. I guess it’s the style that’s aging him so much. Looks like a fun time, though!

  • dashransome

    They all look really good, but I agree that the hair care in the 70s left everyone a little dryer and more flyaway. Before reading the post I was thinking that Amy Adams’ curls looked too healthy. I also feel like something about the makeup is wrong – maybe needs more eyelashes? more pink and shine on the cheeks? less natural eyes?

  • BeeBeauNYC

    Oh these are just delicious photos!

  • dashransome

    [double post]

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    I am so going to put this on my must-see list for December. I’m nominating Jeremy Renner’s hair for an Oscar already. In my professional life my office handled information requests from, among others, mob guys who were bored to death in federal prisons. Their files always made for fascinating reads.

  • MondoWasRobbed

    LOVE. Cannot wait for this movie.

  • CeeQ

    I knew you guys would love this when I saw the trailer =D
    Curious about the movie, will probably definitely see it.

  • ms_smartiepants

    My biggest quibble with these posters is that David O. Russell’s name appears three times! Seriously, dude, we get it.

  • NYCGlamourpuss

    I love every single look in this photo shoot, top to bottom. Bradley Cooper’s white guy ‘fro made me squeal with happiness (I was in middle school in the 70s – I love it so).

  • Mary229

    Amy Adams looks more like Nicole Kidman than Nicole Kidman. And I mean that as a compliment. I love when she gets to play gritty/crazy/sexy. So few directors let her do it when it’s clear that she comes alive in these “rougher” roles like she did in The Fighter. I’m excited. Jlaw looks fab but I just can’t get over her age. That role was meant to an actress in her late 30’s at least. She’s wonderful, ,of course, but the ageism in Hollywood makes me numb.

  • kimmeister

    Amy’s curls are too tamed, they should be much frizzier, right?

  • decormaven

    I’m so looking forward to this movie- the trailer with Led Zeppelin’s “Good Times, Bad Times” just really sets the tone. And the costuming is to die for! Thanks for posting these amazing pics.

  • tintashoopa

    You’ve ruined this movie for me! Even watching the trailer, all I could see was Bradley Cooper’s too much product hair.

    Also, quibbling but…weren’t phone booth’s a dime in 1978?

  • demidaemon

    My question is the following: Is Christian Bale supposed to look pregnant? Because if he is, that is a disservice to one fine looking man. If he isn’t, there is something wonky going on with that photo.

  • paginatrix

    “There was an underlying griminess that permeated the styles of the decade.”

    I was there. YES.

  • The HAIR! *scream* *lol*

  • drdirection

    Tired of Amy Adams

  • ShaoLinKitten

    So this is the third movie in two years where Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper play a couple (Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle, Serena). They must really like each other. Just waiting for the rumor that they are dating to crop up. He has always pinged my gaydar, but who knows.

    • Erica_Vuitton

      I assumed it was the same director from the first two but it’s someone completely different. Hum.

  • DTLAFamilies

    Christian Bale looks like Tom Cruise’s Les Grossman.

  • J. Preposterice

    anyone else getting bernadette peters from that amy adams poster? just me then?

  • Jacquelyn

    Jennifer Lawrence. Damn.

  • irielle

    I took one look at Jeremy Renner, and knew my Dad still had a tie just like that in his closet.

  • e jerry powell

    Something is not right about Renner’s face in that poster. I think it’s the lighting.

    It seems that the Emu got his money’s worth on that perm, though.

  • Melvis Velour

    We went to see Gravity this past weekend and saw a trailer for this hot mess of a film. I actually snorted laughing when I saw a shot of Bradley with his hair in rollers. We had no idea what the hell this film was about as it was a jumble of greasy looking shots.

  • Erica_Vuitton

    I love Christian Bale he always creates an amazing character. That gut… that combover… and still so sexy.

    • formerlyAnon

      I am trying not to examine why I somehow find him sexier with the belly . . .
      (I am, traditionally, a fan of the lean and/or bony. This is an anomaly indeed.)

  • Natalie

    Baby, if you ever wonder…wonder whatever became of me–I’m living on the air in Cincinnati. Cincinnati WKRP….

  • Constant Reader

    Am I the only one who has no idea what this film is about? The blurb says it’s “one of the most stunning scandals to rock our nation,” yet I have absolutely zero memory of it and the trailer didn’t clue me in. Granted, in the 70s I was busy with things like ballet recitals and homework, so maybe I wasn’t paying attention.

  • D. Marsh

    I guess this is a problem with doing a “historical” flick so close to the time frame — too many remember the look and feel of the era. But folks, this is a movie — not a historical re-enactment. Otherwise most historical films (e.g., Shakespeare in Love) feature actors that are much too clean.

  • ideated_eyot

    —hope the nips are poking properly hard through JL’s dress onscreen—

  • p_capet

    Oh, God, the ’70s. I’m getting hives just looking at this. But promises to be hilarious.

  • AmeliaEve

    Yes! That is the hair. And the side curls should be little corkscrews stiff with hairspray.