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Lassiter (1984)

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Lassiter is a handsome jewel thief operating in London in the late 1930s. One day he is arrested and told that if he wishes to avoid prison, he must break into the heavily guarded German Embassy in London and steal millions in Gems. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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17 February 1984 (USA)  »

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Tom Selleck's suave debonair gentleman thief character Nick Lassiter was written in the spirit of Cary Grant's John Robie from To Catch a Thief (1955). See more »

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Nick Lassiter: You going shooting?
Kari Von Fursten: It's not shooting, it's killing. The birds are driven; there is no sport.
Nick Lassiter: Why shoot them?
Kari Von Fursten: I like to kill them. Don't you?
Nick Lassiter: Yes, but with a club while someone holds them down.
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Vesti la giubba
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'The Best things in Life… are stolen'
23 February 2013 | by (the Mad Hatter's tea party.) – See all my reviews

Tom Selleck; best known for the 1980s cop TV show "Magnum P.I." and of course for his signature mo. But in the middle of that series he starred in a classy, old-fashion crime caper which sees him as jewel thief Nick Lassiter working in London in the 1930s, but one day he's arrested by Scotland Yard and blackmailed into stealing a large quantity of diamonds that's kept in the heavily guarded Germany embassy and is looked after by Hitler's cruel, but seductive secret agent Kari Von Fursten.

What made the film for me were the performances. Selleck is fitting in the main role as Lassiter; suave, but dogged. Who really stood out though were the ladies; Jane Seymour and especially Lauren Hutton. A hypnotic Seymour brought a sweet innocence to her role as Lassiter's dancer girlfriend, while the very seductively edgy Hutton was the opposite in her kinky femme fatal part. In support there were solid character actors; Joe Regalbuto, Bob Hoskins, Ed Lauter and a burly Warren Clarke as a German bodyguard. Watching how the breezy story unfolds is predictable (although clever in its schemes and throwbacks), but the engrossing script (Whom playing whom), character interactions and planned-out scenarios (numerous instances of caught between a rock and a hard place) are enjoyably digestible and humorously sharp. The direction is trim, but fashionably tailored with good locations and period details. Catchy theme song during the end credits too.


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