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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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 ...
Sam 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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13 October 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Como Ser um Bom Ladrão  »

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$6,000,000 (estimated)

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$1,877,618 (USA)
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Young Woman Apostle: Do you have a family?
Mike Lafebb: No, not really. Just a mother, and a father, and a sister.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Hobgoblins (1998) See more »

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Dat Dere
Music by Bobby Timmons
Words by Oscar Brown Jr.
Published by UPAM Music Co.
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16 February 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I was the music editor on "Breaking In" the experience of working with Bill Forsyth was one of the highlights of my long career. I just wish everyone could see the Director's cut. It was head-and-shoulders above the release edit. It was a very strange hybrid...John Sayles and Bill Forsyth - produced by Sam Goldwyn Jr. I'll never forget the day when Bill got yet another huge list of changes Goldwyn wanted - at the end of the list he asked Bill to respond to the changes he wanted - and also asked Bill(who is a Scot) to recommend a single malt whiskey for a party he was having. Bill sent a case of whiskey to Goldwyn with a note saying "This should answer both of your questions" The name of the whiskey was "KNOCKANDHU" !


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