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Thieves Like Us (1974)

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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Dee Mobley
Al Scott ...
Capt. Stammers
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Noel Joy
Rodney Lee ...
James Mattingly (as Rodney Lee Jr.)
William Watters ...
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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3 June 1974 (Denmark)  »

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Bizim gibi hirsizlar  »

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$1,125,000 (estimated)
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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 »

Goofs

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

Dee Mobley: You think life's free, don't you, Elmo? I ain't never had my name in the papers like you fellas.
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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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14 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As an Altman fan I have seen "Theives" many times over the years; it was to me the sort of film one admires rather than loves; it has a slower pace than Altman's big atmospheric classics like "McCabe and Mrs. Miller" and "Calfornia Split."

Since I caught up with the novel last fall I sat down with the movie last night; and I have to say for the first time I really agreed with the lavish praise heaped on the film by Pauline Kael, it may just be a masterpiece.

It is a film about how the ordinary were for a time drawn into the exceptional world of crime. The gallows laughter of the three killers is nervous and frightened; they know they are having a good old time while they can; dodging prisons where men cut there own limbs off to avoid being worked to death. Kitchee's specialness is a kind we would never notice in life; and in the film's lovely coda (diferent from the book) she melts back into the crowd, probably never to be touched by something transcendent again; and the cruel pop Christianity of the day drones on.

As the movie is unshakably shadowed by Bonnie and Clyde, the novel was partly inspired by the real life couple. Bowie's ability to break Chickama out of jail is better explained in the novel.

The film was not shot in Panivision so the video probably doesn't lose too much. Give this one a chance.


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