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The Good Thief (I) (2002)

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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

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


Crime | Drama | Thriller

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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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The cast includes award winning filmmakers: the Polish brothers (Mark Polish and Michael Polish) and two-time Palme d'Or winning director Emir Kusturica. See more »


A mic pack can be seen on Anne's backside when she and Bob are leaving Paulo's car near the end of the movie. See more »


Bob: We give you Elvis, we give you Dylan, we give you Hendrix, what do you give us? Johnny Hallyday!
Roger: Don't get me started about Johnny Hallyday...
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Remake of Bob le Flambeur (1956) See more »


(Tourlic/Barakat/El Atrache)
Performed by Rachid Taha
Published by Voice of the Lebanon
Recording courtesy of Barclay/Universal Music
Licensed by kind permission from Universal Film & TV Licensing Division
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Classy, gritty, multi-accented heist flick
20 April 2003 | by (Queens, NY) – See all my reviews

"The Good Thief " is a classier one-last-great-heist film than "Ocean's 11," in a more exotic Riviera locale with grittier repartee and well-worn actors with many different accents.

The long-time camaraderie among crooks and cops is comfortably reflected, though much back story has to be stretched to explain why American Nick Nolte fits in.

Based on a 1955 French film I haven't seen, "Bob le flambeur," I don't know how much Neil Jordan changed from the original. It has the kind of twists and turns that has strangers in the audience turning to each other at the end to compare notes.

Really odd that Ralph Fiennes's cameo is uncredited, as he's terrific, and much more effective here as a leonine cynic than as a romantic in "Maid in Manhattan."

Most creative transsexual character since "Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert" and neat use of the Polish brothers.

Jordan resists another male fantasy until the end when Nolte finally pairs up with the seductive teen-ager who conveniently announces she has just turned 18 so he can't add statutory rape to his rap sheet. Oh, so then we're supposed to feel happy ever after.

Very nice world-weary multi-lingual soundtrack, including Serge Gainsburg and Leonard Cohen.

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