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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

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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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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 ...
Waiter
David Frishberg ...
Nighclub Singer
John Baldwin ...
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Paul the Apostle
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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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Adventure | Comedy

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R | See all certifications »
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13 October 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Como Ser um Bom Ladrão  »

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Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$679,200, 13 October 1989, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,877,618
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1.85 : 1
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In the scene where Mike is buying the torch at the hardware store, you can see a man in the background holding a stainless steel sink. This a reference to Director Bill Forsyth's first movie, That Sinking Feeling (1979), about a bunch of kids who decide to break into a stainless steel sink factory. See more »

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Carrie aka Fontaine: What would I do with your balls, were they mine? Would I hang them by their shorthairs from my long painted nails? And crack a grin as they dropped, splat splat, on the floor? No, I wouldn't do that with your balls, were they mine. But I'd put them instead in some sort of shrine. I'd fondle them daily, and keep them in line, and give them a licking from time to time. Yes, that's what I'd do with your balls, were they mine.
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Soundtracks

He Included Me
Music by Hampton H. Sewell
Words by Johnson Oatman Jr.
Published by Musical Ministries
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A delight
7 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

I remember seeing this little film in the theater. It was a second run theater and this was the second part of a double feature with "The Abyss" which I had actually gone to see. I stuck around for this, not expecting much as Burt reynolds didn't have much a career going at this point. Boy, was I surprised! This film is a gem. A low-key comedy, where the humor doesn't come from gross-out belly laughs but from characters we can relate to. It was such a treat to see Reynolds shelve his tough-guy, trans-am persona and tackle a character role, showing warmth and depth akin to his work in Boogie Nights. I admit to a fondness for "caper" movies, and while this one fits the bill, it's not quite as clever in that department as some others, but this movie isn't about being clever, it's about people and how they relate to each other, even in the realm of burglars. If you haven't seen this, it's well worth renting.


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