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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Mike Lafebb
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Carrie aka Fontaine
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Delphine the Hooker
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Johnny Scot, Poker Player
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Shoes, Poker Player (as Harry Carey)
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Vincent Tucci, Attorney
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Richard Key Jones ...
Lou, Bob's Tire & Body
Tom Lasswell ...
Bud, Bob's Tire & Body
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Bob's Tire & Body Manager
Frank A. Damiani ...
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David Frishberg ...
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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.

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13 October 1989 (USA)  »

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Como Ser um Bom LadrĂ£o  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,877,618 (USA)
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Final film of Albert Salmi. See more »

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Ernie Mullins: [while robbing the safe] Hey, where'd you get that apple?
Mike Lafebb: Out there.
Ernie Mullins: Next time you want an apple, you buy it!
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Hobgoblins (1998) See more »

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He Included Me
Music by Hampton H. Sewell
Words by Johnson Oatman Jr.
Published by Musical Ministries
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Reynolds "steals" this one
26 August 2010 | by (United States) – 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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