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Thieves Like Us (1974)

When two men break out of prison, they join up with another and restart their criminal ways, robbing banks across the South.

Director:

Robert Altman

Writers:

Calder Willingham (screenplay), Joan Tewkesbury (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keith Carradine ... Bowie
Shelley Duvall ... Keechie
John Schuck ... Chicamaw
Bert Remsen ... T-Dub
Louise Fletcher ... Mattie
Ann Latham ... Lula
Tom Skerritt ... Dee Mobley
Al Scott Al Scott ... Capt. Stammers
John Roper John Roper ... Jasbo
Mary Waits Mary Waits ... Noel Joy
Rodney Lee Rodney Lee ... James Mattingly (as Rodney Lee Jr.)
Arch Hall Sr. Arch Hall Sr. ... Alvin (as William Watters)
Joan Tewkesbury Joan Tewkesbury ... Lady in Train Station (as Joan Maguire)
Eleanor Matthews Eleanor Matthews ... Mrs. Stammers
Pam Warner Pam Warner ... Woman in Accident
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Storyline

Two convicts break out of Mississippi State Penitentiary in 1936 to join a third on a long spree of bank robbing, their special talent and claim to fame. The youngest of the three falls in love along the way with a girl met at their hideout, the older man is a happy professional criminal with a romance of his own, the third is a fast lover and hard drinker fond of his work. The young lovers begin to move out of the sphere in which they have met, a last robbery in Yazoo City goes badly and puts paid to the gang once and for all as a profitable venture, but isn't the end of the story quite yet, as all three are wanted and notorious men with altogether different points of view on the situation they are faced with. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 June 1974 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Bizim gibi hirsizlar See more »

Filming Locations:

Canton, Mississippi, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,125,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

First major cinema movie role of actress Louise Fletcher. See more »

Goofs

In one of the old radio clips early in the film, the announcer talks about Seabiscuit winning the $25,000 Butler Handicap at Empire City Race Track. The actual date of Seabiscuit winning that race is July 10, 1937, which would place it after the end of the movie which concludes in the Spring of 1937. (Also, later in the film, we hear a radio broadcast of Franklin D. Roosevelt's second inaugural address, which occurred on January 20, 1937. Although the Seabiscuit race took place six months *after* Roosevelt's second inauguration, the film places the race broadcast *before* the inauguration speech.) See more »

Quotes

Chicamaw: I can tell he sells marijuana just by how he drives.
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Wonderful
14 March 2006 | by amosduncan_2000See all my reviews

As an Altman fan I have seen "Theives" many times over the years; it was to me the sort of film one admires rather than loves; it has a slower pace than Altman's big atmospheric classics like "McCabe and Mrs. Miller" and "Calfornia Split."

Since I caught up with the novel last fall I sat down with the movie last night; and I have to say for the first time I really agreed with the lavish praise heaped on the film by Pauline Kael, it may just be a masterpiece.

It is a film about how the ordinary were for a time drawn into the exceptional world of crime. The gallows laughter of the three killers is nervous and frightened; they know they are having a good old time while they can; dodging prisons where men cut there own limbs off to avoid being worked to death. Kitchee's specialness is a kind we would never notice in life; and in the film's lovely coda (diferent from the book) she melts back into the crowd, probably never to be touched by something transcendent again; and the cruel pop Christianity of the day drones on.

As the movie is unshakably shadowed by Bonnie and Clyde, the novel was partly inspired by the real life couple. Bowie's ability to break Chickama out of jail is better explained in the novel.

The film was not shot in Panivision so the video probably doesn't lose too much. Give this one a chance.


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