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Thick as Thieves (I) (2009)

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A veteran thief recruits a younger crook to help him pull off one final job in order to repay his debt to the Russian mob.



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In New York, the experienced art thief, Keith Ripley, invites the bold thief from Miami, Gabriel Martin, to team up with him. He plans the heist of two valuable mysterious antique Faberge eggs, located in a safe, of the well protected Russian jewelry Romanov. Each egg is worth twenty million dollars on the black market, and Ripley needs his cut to free himself from his debt to a powerful mobster, known as Nicky. The reluctant Gabriel agrees to participate, after having a one night stand with Ripley's goddaughter Alexandra Karolin. Meanwhile, the persistent Lieutenant Weber, who has unsuccessfully tried to put Ripley in jail for twenty years, figures out how to anticipate the movements of the criminal in order to catch him. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Never trust a thief.


Action | Crime | Thriller

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Rated R for sexuality, language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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9 January 2009 (Taiwan)  »

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The Code  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

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Did You Know?


During the scene when Antonio Banderas is talking to Radha Mitchell at the Russian night club at around 26 minutes the mark, there is a techno remix of the traditional Russian folk song, "Korobeiniki". "Korobeiniki" is also the theme song for the Nintendo classic puzzle video game, "Tetris" See more »


When Ripley (Morgan Freeman) and Gabriel (Antonio Banderas) are talking on the rooftop you can easily see in Gabriel's sunglasses the microphone and the cameras. See more »


Lt. Weber: Where the hell's my man?
Keith Ripley: Lieutenant... your personal life, none of my business.
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References Topkapi (1964) See more »


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4 March 2009 | by (every where) – See all my reviews

What a big letdown. First off, I wasn't really expecting much out of this, the trailer wasn't really something but it has Freeman and Banderas in it, both I am a big fan of. As it turned out, it was all a big, fat failure of a heist movie. I always welcome recycled plot lines just as long as the execution brings something new to the table but in Thick as Thieves, there wasn't. We've all seen it before and the twist at the end, although you never see it coming within the movie, the shock factor was poorly executed.

I love all of Freeman's works but this one is at the end of the line. The chemistry between Banderas and Mitchell was off, there was no spark none whatsoever. Skip it, rent it but don't buy it. It's a waste of money.

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