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


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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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Raoul: Do you remember the 80's?
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The Bad Guy with a Heart
9 March 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A heist movie that oozes style, particularly in the form of Nick Nolte, gangster, part-time heroin addict (he handcuffs himself to the bed to go cold turkey before a job) and good guy. He befriends a gorgeous young waif (Nino Kukhanidze) with only altruistic motives (when she could potentially become his Achilles Heel) and proceeds to mastermind a complex heist, playing a chummy cat and mouse with the chief of police. Far classier than your average thriller, and mercifully lacking (with the occasional plot-based exception) in explosions and fast car chases.

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