Uncut Gems

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Uncut Gems
Directed byJosh Safdie
Benny Safdie
Produced by
  • Oscar Boyson
  • Sebastian Bear-McClard
  • Eli Bush
  • Scott Rudin
Written by
Music byDaniel Lopatin
CinematographyDarius Khondji
Distributed by
Release date
  • December 13, 2019 (2019-12-13) (United States)
Running time
130 minutes[3]
CountryUnited States

Uncut Gems is an upcoming American crime comedy-drama, directed by Josh and Benny Safdie, from a screenplay by the Safdies and Ronald Bronstein. It stars Adam Sandler, Lakeith Stanfield, Idina Menzel, Judd Hirsch, Eric Bogosian, and Pom Klementieff.

It is scheduled to be released on December 13, 2019, by A24.


Set in the Diamond District of New York City, the film follows Howard Ratner (Sandler), a charismatic New York City jeweler always on the lookout for the next big score. When he makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime, Howard must perform a precarious high-wire act, balancing business, family, and encroaching adversaries on all sides, in his relentless pursuit of the ultimate win.



In May 2016, it was announced Josh and Benny Safdie, would direct the film, from a screenplay they wrote alongside Ronald Bronstein. The film will be executive produced by Emma Tillinger Koskoff and Martin Scorsese, with Elara Pictures and RT Features producing the film.[4] In May 2017, Jonah Hill joined the cast of the film, with Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, Sebastian Bear-McClard and Oscar Boyson joining as producers, and A24 distributing.[1]

In April 2018, Adam Sandler joined the cast of the film, replacing Hill.[5] In August 2018, Eric Bogosian and Judd Hirsch joined the cast of the film.[6][7] In September 2018, Lakeith Stanfield and Idina Menzel joined the cast of the film, with Netflix acquiring international distribution rights to the film.[8][9] In October 2018, it was revealed that The Weeknd, Trinidad James and Pom Klementieff had joined the cast of the film.[10][11] In November 2018, Kevin Garnett joined the cast. Amar’e Stoudemire and Joel Embiid were also considered for the role.[12] Principal photography began in September 2018, in New York City.[13] Production concluded on November 15, 2018.[14]


It will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2019.[15] It is scheduled to be released on December 13, 2019.[16]


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  2. ^ Barfield, Charles (September 12, 2018). "Lakeith Stanfield Joins The Safdie Brothers' 'Uncut Gems' As Netflix Signs On For International Distribution". The Playlist. Retrieved November 29, 2018.
  3. ^ "Uncut Gems". Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  4. ^ Hipes, Patrick (September 28, 2018). "Safdie Brothers' 'Uncut Gems' Scores Financing From RT Features & Scorsese's Sikelia – Cannes". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  5. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (April 3, 2018). "Adam Sandler To Star In 'Uncut Gems' For Safdie Brothers And A24". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  6. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (August 14, 2018). "Eric Bogosian To Join Adam Sandler In Safdie Brothers & A24's 'Uncut Gems'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  7. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (August 16, 2018). "Adam Sandler, A24 Pic 'Uncut Gems' Adds Hollywood Veteran Judd Hirsch". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  8. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (September 12, 2018). "Netflix Takes International Rights To A24 & Scott Rudin's Adam Sandler Pic 'Uncut Gems', Lakeith Stanfield Joins Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  9. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (September 13, 2018). "'Frozen' Star Idina Menzel Joins The Safdie Brothers' Crime Pic 'Uncut Gems'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  10. ^ Siegler, Mara (October 17, 2018). "The Weekend spotted on set of Adam Sandler flick". Page Six. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  11. ^ N’Duka, Amanda (October 26, 2018). "'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Actress Pom Klementieff Joins Adam Sandler In A24's 'Uncut Gems'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  12. ^ Kevin Garnett Joins Adam Sandler in A24’s Crime Movie ‘Uncut Gems’
  13. ^ "Tuesday, Sept. 25 Filming Locations for This Is Us, Manifest, Chicago PD & more!". On Location Vacations. September 25, 2018. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
  14. ^ "Last day of work, feeling like the last day of skool. The main difference being I wish this never had to end (and sometimes felt like it never would). #UncutGems // Fuji Acros 400 (+1)". Instagram.com. November 15, 2018. Retrieved November 15, 2018.
  15. ^ Lang, Brent (July 23, 2019). "Toronto Film Festival: 'Joker,' 'Ford v Ferrari,' 'Hustlers' Among Big Premieres". Variety. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  16. ^ "Uncut Gems". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 19, 2019.

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