ABSCAM Proof Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction

The film is already attracting Oscar buzz, described as “a world of Jersey powerbrokers and mafia that's as dangerous as it is enchanting ... hinging on raw emotion, and life and death stakes ...”

Directed by David O. Russell, “American Hustle” stars Christian Bale as a fast-talking con man being squeezed as an informer, and Bradley Cooper as the FBI agent who uses him.

But while names have been changed, and many of its characters transformed or wholly invented by the screenwriters, it is no secret that the highly awaited film, which opens later this month, is based on the infamous Abscam case.

The real story of Abscam, the sweeping and still controversial federal corruption investigation that played out from Jersey to Florida in the late 1970s and early 1980s, turned out to be far more bizarre and outrageous than anything Hollywood could ever imagine.

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