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The Rainbow Thief (1990)

A petty crook, in search of the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, hopes to cash in by befriending the heir to a huge fortune.

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Cast

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Prince Meleagre
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Dima
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Uncle Rudolf
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jude Alderson ...
Hortensia
Brigitte Barclay ...
Rainbow Girl
David Boyce ...
Clown
Jane Chaplin ...
Brian Conway ...
Ambulance Attendant
Carolyn Cortez ...
Rainbow Girl
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Winter
Joanna Dickens ...
Ambrosia
Berta Domínguez D. ...
Tiger Lily
Edward Donovan ...
Rolf
Linzi Drew ...
Madame Rainbow
Ian Dury ...
Bartender
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A petty crook, in search of the proverbial pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, hopes to cash in by befriending the heir to a huge fortune.

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You can just live. Or you can live it up.

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Fantasy | Drama

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Rated R for some nudity

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19 January 1994 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A szivárványtolvaj  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Actors Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif were good friends. They have previously appeared together in Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and The Night of the Generals (1967). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Dima: [talking to a rat] Oh no. Much to good a fish for you. You're not going to believe this, but I'm even hungrier than you are.
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Crazy Credits

The cast list during the end credits is listed in alphabetical order. However, Ian Dury is listed before Linzi Drew instead of the other way around. See more »

Connections

Referenced in La constellation Jodorowsky (1994) See more »

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Non, je ne regrette rien
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Written by Charles Dumont and Michel Vaucaire
Performed by Édith Piaf
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Omar Sharif is outstanding
30 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

Being a fan of both Peter O'Toole and Omar Sharif, I had seen the film before, but I never much liked it. Maybe it has something to do with the general unlikability of all the characters. The only really fun part is Christopher Lee's big scene early on. That's worth seeing at least once for the sheer craziness of it.

When I re-watched the film recently, I still couldn't much like it as a whole, and I couldn't shake off the feeling that Peter O'Toole was in it solely because he had signed a contract and couldn't get out of it. He plays his part, but his heart doesn't seem to be in it. I can't say that I blame him. His part is a rotten one. For his fans, this film is likely to be a disappointment.

But I was struck by Sharif's performance. He owns the film! Right from the beginning his acting is amazing - some of it is almost the stuff of pantomime. What a strange part this is for him, and how wonderful he is in it. And what a great actor he was when he got a chance to show it. A pity that he didn't get parts like this earlier on in his career instead of the playboys and infatuated lovers he played in so many big budget productions.

No, it's not a great film. Not one of Jodorowsky's better ones. But it may be worth watching for the delightful performance of Omar Sharif. If you don't go into it with high expectations, and you don't expect a plot that makes sense (there is none), you might actually enjoy it.


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