The Good Thief (I) (2002)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  25 April 2003 (USA)
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An aging gambler on a losing streak attempts to rob a casino in Monte Carlo. But someone's already tipped off the cops before he even makes a move.



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Set against the glitzy backdrop of the French Riviera, aging gambler Bob Montagnet is about to gamble it all on the casino heist of a lifetime; a spectatcular sleight of hand--two heists, one real, one not, but which is which? Under the watchful eye of Roger, a policeman who would as soon save his longtime opponent as arrest him, Montagnet assembles a team that consists of partners Paulo and Raoul, technical mastermind Vladimer, former-drug-dealer-turned-informant Said, Anne, a young Eastern girl Montagnet rescued from prostitution, and the perfect complement to a double theft--identical twins Albert and Bertram. Written by Sujit R. Varma

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He doesn't want money. He wants what money can't buy.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexuality, drug content and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 April 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Honest Thief  »

Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$131,580 (USA) (4 April 2003)


$3,517,797 (USA) (18 July 2003)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although Ralph Fiennes was not listed in the cast he did gain a credit in the technical assistance as Fine Arts Adviser. See more »


French police do not have jurisdiction in Monaco, which is an independent state (principality) so police from Nice would not be guarding the casino nor the villa. See more »


Bob: It's a good fake, though.
Tony Angel: Isn't that a contradiction in terms? A Good Fake? A Happy Homosexual?
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Crazy Credits

Fine Art Advisor--Ralph Fiennes See more »


Remake of Bob le Flambeur (1956) See more »


Noir C'est Noir
Written by Michelle Grainger, Tony Hayes, Steve Wadey
Performed by Johnny Hallyday
Published by EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Recording courtesy of Mercury France/Universal Music
Licensed by kind permission from the Universal Film & TV Licensing Division
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Stylish and Satisfying
19 September 2003 | by (Herzlya, Israel) – See all my reviews

'The Good Thief' is the best film Neil Jordan did since 'Mona Lisa' almost two decades ago. It is a classical and well written robbery story, complex enough to catch the interest, simple enough for the spectator to follow and enjoy, and with the special twist at the end that makes a good script. The main character fits Nick Nolte like life, I can imagine only Humphrey Bogart doing better in this role. There are a few other memorable characters, with the Georgian (from the other Georgia) Nutza Kukhianidze promising to become soon a star if she has enough luck to continue to work with good directors and scripts. The cinematography has a special quality, with final stills after each shot, enhancing a good digital camera work. I also liked the soundtrack, it's a mix of classic, jazz and even Leonard Cohen sounds right for a change. 8/10 on my personal scale - certainly worth seeing.

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