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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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 »


Two characters force the bank to retire by betting millions of Francs on the ante and winning. In 2002, Francs were not in circulation anymore, as the currency was the Euro, in France as well as in Monaco. See more »


Anne: You look pretty good for a man your age.
Bob: What age is that?
Anne: [laughs] Stone Age...
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Crazy Credits

Fine Art Advisor--Ralph Fiennes See more »


Remake of Bob le Flambeur (1956) See more »


Performed by Intense
Published by Good Looking Music Ltd. and Warner/Chappell Music Ltd.
Recording courtesy of Good Looking Records Ltd.
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a smooth, satisfying caper film
13 September 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Set on the scenic French Riviera, Neil Jordan's `The Good Thief' is a remake of 1955's `Bob Le Flambeur,' a Gallic film that enjoyed a successful re-release in this country a few years back. This new version is a stylish caper film about an aging master criminal who comes out of retirement to help lift some priceless paintings from a Monte Carlo casino.

In terms of plotting, there is little that we haven't seen in this type of film before. First, there's the idea for the heist, then the wooing of the reluctant `reformed' criminal, then the gathering of the other participants, then the intricate planning and rehearsing for the job, followed by the inevitable double dealing and double crosses, and ending with the sly turnabout ending to set our heads spinning and make us question everything we have seen heretofore. But Jordan has a knack for turning the ordinary into the extraordinary, and this he accomplishes with a complex screenplay, a strong sense of atmosphere, a host of well-developed characters, a sly sense of humor and an assortment of first-rate performances from a talented cast. Nick Nolte is superb as Bob, a shrewd, world-weary thief who is also a compulsive gambler and drug addict. Needless to say, the role seems tailor made for the star. Most of the rest of the cast is made up of French or Eastern European actors, all of whom do a fine job in their assorted roles.

Actually, the only complaint I have about the film is a direct result of that largely international cast. Much of the film's dialogue is hard to understand due in large part to the very thick accents emanating from most of the actors. Even the one native English speaker, Nolte, is difficult to comprehend at times, but that's just because Nolte is simply being Nolte and we expect to miss half of what he is saying anyway.

Apart from that, `The Good Thief,' less polished and slick than movies like "Ocean's Eleven," offers top-notch entertainment for the hardcore heist film aficionado.

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