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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 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:

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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

The dog featured in this movie belonged to Keith Carradine. See more »

Goofs

On the night before the law officers come to the Grapes Motor Hotel, a thunderstorm occurs. Keechie has a conversation with Mattie out in the motor hotel's courtyard, with both of them covering their heads from the rain. The next morning, when Keechie leaves her cabin and walks to the motel's office, the ground in the courtyard is dry. But when the law officers arrive a few minutes later, the ground in the courtyard is suddenly muddy and filled with puddles. See more »

Quotes

Chicamaw: I can tell he sells marijuana just by how he drives.
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A Great Altman
21 October 2004 | by PamsanalystSee all my reviews

I am not an Altman fan, but this film is superb. For those who say he ripped off Bonnie and Clyde, check out They Live By Night and see almost the same story, but here the relationship between Carradine and Duvall forces us to root for them and hope that somehow they can change their life. Was there ever a bath more haunting than Duvall's?

The robberies are shot so matter of fact. There's no pounding score in the background, no elaborate plans are set and we don't see men looking at their watches, timing things. The radio plays, people swizzle Cokes and dogs bark, while the three men pull almost casually stroll in and rob the bank.

I am struck by the similarity between the last scene here and in From Here to Eternity: the lover of the dead man traveling to another place, while painting an idealized picture of their beau. Watch it and pay attention; it's a fine work of art.


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