Two convicts break out of Mississippi State Penitentiary in 1936 to join a third on a long spree of bank robbing, their special talent and claim to fame. The youngest of the three falls in ... See full summary »

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James Mattingly (as Rodney Lee Jr.)
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Alvin
Joan Tewkesbury ...
Lady in Train Station (as Joan Maguire)
Eleanor Matthews ...
Mrs. Stammers
Pam Warner ...
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Two convicts break out of Mississippi State Penitentiary in 1936 to join a third on a long spree of bank robbing, their special talent and claim to fame. The youngest of the three falls in love along the way with a girl met at their hideout, the older man is a happy professional criminal with a romance of his own, the third is a fast lover and hard drinker fond of his work. The young lovers begin to move out of the sphere in which they have met, a last robbery in Yazoo City goes badly and puts paid to the gang once and for all as a profitable venture, but isn't the end of the story quite yet, as all three are wanted and notorious men with altogether different points of view on the situation they are faced with. Written by Anonymous

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Robbing 36 banks was easy. Watch what happens when they hit the 37th.

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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11 February 1974 (USA)  »

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$1,125,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

In "Robert Altman: The Oral Biography" (2009) by Mitchell Zuckoff, co-screenwriter Joan Tewkesbury said: "We couldn't get any movie financed and he had a book he needed to be adapted, 'Thieves Like Us'. I read it and adapted it in about four days for him. By this time I had been around Bob long enough. It's almost like when you find a really good dance partner you know where the next step's going to go. It's not that you anticipate it, but you can relax enough to go with it . . . The money fell out for the project about three times. It was really by the grace of George Litto and Bob [Altman] and the other producer, Jerry Bick, standing in a room and practically mortgaging their houses and saying, "Let's go ahead." It was a really good lesson in terms of not backing down." See more »

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In one of the old radio clips early in the film, the announcer talks about Seabiscuit winning the $25,000 Butler Handicap at Empire City Race Track. The actual date of Seabiscuit winning that race is July 10, 1937, which would place it after the end of the movie which concludes in the Spring of 1937. See more »

Quotes

Bowie: Miss Keechie, do you know what the Mississippi state animal is?
Keechie: What?
Bowie: You know, the state animal.
Keechie: I don't know. A deer, maybe?
Bowie: No, sir! It's a squashed dog in the road!
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Version of They Live by Night (1948) See more »

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It's Somebody's Birthday
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Written by Lewis Allan and Earl Rogers
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Altman's unique, humanist approach to gangsters in the 30s
14 August 2010 | by (US) – See all my reviews

A gentle, slow, and moving study of some none-too-bright bank robbers in the 1930s. Keith Carradine and Shelly Duvall are terrific, and their scenes together are alive and wonderful. Some of the surrounding acting and story lines are good, but not nearly as strong as the film's center. Beautiful production design, and a feeling, as with 'McCabe and Mrs. Miller', of both tremendous reality, of 'being there', while still somehow feeling Brechtian and ironic at the same time. There are moments where the radio music in the background -- used in place of score - is a bit on the nose, and a few moments feel forced or slow. But this is a unique, odd and special movie, examining thieves in the depression without any hint of glamorization on one hand, or forced empathy on the other, while still breaking our hearts.


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