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Breaking In (1989)

Professional thief Ernie takes Mike on as an apprentice, but while Mike clearly has "larceny in his heart", it will take him a long time to get as good as Ernie.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Scot, Poker Player
Shoes, Poker Player (as Harry Carey)
Vincent Tucci, Attorney
District Attorney
Richard Key Jones ...
Lou, Bob's Tire & Body
Tom Lasswell ...
Bud, Bob's Tire & Body
Walter Shane ...
Bob's Tire & Body Manager
Frank A. Damiani ...
David Frishberg ...
Nighclub Singer
John Baldwin ...
Paul the Apostle


Professional thief Ernie takes Mike on as an apprentice, but while Mike clearly has "larceny in his heart", it will take him a long time to get as good as Ernie. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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An amateur thief and a professional robber team up for an outrageous comic heist.


Adventure | Comedy


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Release Date:

13 October 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Como Ser um Bom Ladrão  »


Box Office


$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$679,200, 13 October 1989, Limited Release

Gross USA:

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1.85 : 1
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Final film of Albert Salmi. See more »


Mike Lafebb: So, you're an actress?
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Mike Lafebb: Yeah? Done any movies?
Carrie aka Fontaine: I'm not at the performance level just yet. I'm still developing my instrument.
Mike Lafebb: Oh, so you're a musician too, huh?
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Reynolds "steals" this one
26 August 2010 | by See all my reviews

Pardon my pun above, but if there's any reason at all to try and catch Breaking In, Burt Reynolds is the main reason. He underplays Ernie, a veteran safe cracker who goes about his business being low key and certainly not flashy at all. He winds up teaming up with a youngster named Mike, played by Casey Siemaszko, who rejuvenates Ernie and he hires him as an apprentice for odd jobs cracking safes. The first half of the forgotten film is the better half because of Reynolds' performance as the aging thief, and is both sympathetic and funny, especially the scenes he's teaching Mike the ropes. It's unfortunate Burt passed up on many good movie roles because the man can act. Anyhow, the latter half of Breaking In revolves around how flashy Mike has become with his cash rewards and his hooker/on and off girlfriend, which I thought slowed the film down a bit. I found Carrie annoying and uninteresting and rather selfish; not sure what Mike saw in her.

Watch this film mainly for Reynolds' performance, as he plays his role convincingly and develops decent chemistry with Mike. Siemaszko also plays his role well, but not quite up to par with his partner in crime.

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