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The Good Thief (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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Cast

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Nutsa Kukhianidze ...
Anne
Ouassini Embarek ...
Said
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Roger
Marc Lavoine ...
Remi
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Raoul
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Paulo
Patricia Kell ...
Yvonne
Julien Maurel ...
Philippe
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Vladimir
Roland Munter ...
Kozinski
Warren Zavatta ...
Petit Louis
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Bill
Sarah Bridges ...
Philippa
Nicolas Dromard ...
Luigi
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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.


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

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25 April 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Honest Thief  »

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$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 »

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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 »

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Bob: The problem with my game is that luck can fall both ways. Whereas, with your game, luck doesn't enter into it
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Fine Art Advisor--Ralph Fiennes See more »

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Remake of Bob le Flambeur (1956) See more »

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Minuit
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Performed by Khaled
Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing Ltd. o/b/o Prod.Ed.Mus. Charles Taier
Recording courtesy of Yearling Productions, France
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With Subtitles, Better Than Bob
14 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a re-make of the 1955 film noir, "Bob LeFlambeur," which I also own. That was black-and-white and made in France while this is 2002 movie in color with English-speaking actors.

Usually I'll take the original over the re-make but not in this case....with one major consideration. In order to like this film, I had to play the DVD with the English subtitles on because many of the accents were just too tough to decipher and if you can't understand the dialog, it gets a bit frustrating. The story is confusing enough as it is, so, if you have a similar problem as I had, play this with the subtitles.

If there is such a thing as colorful film noir, this would be it, with many splashes of the neon nightlife of France, inside and outside.

Story-wise, if you're confused you are not alone. After two viewings, I still haven't totally figured out the twist at the end. The dialog tries to be snappy mid-40s Raymond Chandler stuff and sometimes it's great, other times it's affected. Overall, however, it 's fun. Nick Nolte delivers most of the clever lines. The young girl in here, Nutsa Kukhianidze, is intriguing new face, as was the case with Isabelle Corey in "Bob."

This movie gets a lot of negative reviews from professional critics. Don't trust them; give this a look.


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