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Thick as Thieves (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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicky / Victor (as Rade Sherbedgia)
Gerrit Vooren ...
Transit Cop #1 (as Chucky Venn)
Atanas Srebrev ...
Transit Cop #2
Darrell Las Quevas ...
Transit Cop #3
Ivan Petrushinov ...
Émigré #1
Victor Boichev ...
Émigré #2 (as Victor Boytchev)
Nickolay Hadjiminev ...
Émigré #3
Madame Irina (as Mariana Stanisheva)
Stefan Shterev ...


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Never trust a thief.


Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

9 January 2009 (Taiwan)  »

Also Known As:

The Code  »

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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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 »


(at around 1h 5 mins) When Keith and Gabriel are trying to "crack the code" to the inner vault, on the last digit, Keith tells Gabriel to type "1", and the number reads 827145369, Gabriel stops to think and just as Gabriel type "9", the number now reads 827145396. See more »


Keith Ripley: What the fuck are you doing?
Gabriel Martin: Improvising.
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Not Gonna Get Us
Written by Ivan Shapovalov (as Ivan Nikolaevich Shapovalov), Valerij Polienko, Elena Kiper (as Elena Vladimirovna Kiper), Sergej Galoyan, Trevor Horn
Performed by t.A.T.u.
Published by EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI), Unforgettable Songs Ltd / SPZ Music Inc. (BMI),
Universal Music - MGB Songs (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Interscope Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Given the parts the whole is wholly disappointing
15 February 2009 | by (the big screen) – See all my reviews

With a great cast this should have been fun, sexy, bad, and exciting - none of these words apply here. While not 100% boring it is just not original enough to fly right.

It looks like it was shot for TV - or at the end of the Eighties - with a horrible plot and a horrible heist. Lighting and scenery are off and the shots are prosaic.

I'm giving it three rather than one as the chemistry between Morgan Freedman and Antonio Banderas is passable.

Huge disappointment given the potential, the main fault lies in the heist itself - it's all been done better before.

If you love heist movies you won't this....

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