American Hustle is an American crime drama movie directed by David O. Russell. It is based on the FBI ABSCAM operation of the late 1970s and early 1980s in Camden, New Jersey. It stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, Jennifer Lawrence, Louis C.K., Michael Peña, and Robert De Niro. It was composed by Danny Elfman. It was released on December 18, 2013.