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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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Credited cast:
Prince Meleagre
Uncle Rudolf
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jude Alderson ...
Brigitte Barclay ...
Rainbow Girl
David Boyce ...
Jane Chaplin ...
Brian Conway ...
Ambulance Attendant
Carolyn Cortez ...
Rainbow Girl
Joanna Dickens ...
Berta Domínguez D. ...
Tiger Lily
Edward Donovan ...
Linzi Drew ...
Madame Rainbow
Ian Dury ...


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.


Fantasy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some nudity

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Release Date:

19 January 1994 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A szivárványtolvaj  »

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Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


[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 »


Referenced in The Jodorowsky Constellation (1994) See more »


Non, je ne regrette rien
Written by Charles Dumont and Michel Vaucaire
Performed by Édith Piaf
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rainbows over Europe
30 June 2006 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

This is a film which has immediate respect as a Europena art house film. Often this hides flaws which can be disastrous. This is not the case here. Peter O Toole is in it. Even at his worst laziest over the top performances he is still watchable. Some may call Alexandro Jodorowsky's piece sentimental and self indulgent. Indeed in its attempt to fulfill magical realism there are some oddities parading through this. The use of a circus as a parable for Christ's compassion and attempt to help an insane world is used for an excuse for indigence and longueurs. The rainbow girls are all very pretty models and I already knew about them from painting of Kirsten Imrie, Rachel Garley an Bridgette Barclay by th e actor Stephen Armourae who promoted this film because of its abstract arty script and the use of Tarot,as he is also a psychic. Alexandro Jodorowsky attempts here again to use imagery and animals to convey a message, this makes it memorable if somewhat obscure. The trouble is the people who need to receive his message are not going to have the patience for a Europena art house film with all its obliqueness.

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