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Lassiter (1984)

A handsome jewel thief is arrested and in order to avoid prison, must break into the heavily guarded German Embassy to steal millions in gems.

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Roger Young

Writer:

David Taylor
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Selleck ... Nick Lassiter
Jane Seymour ... Sara Wells
Lauren Hutton ... Kari Von Fursten
Bob Hoskins ... Inspector John Becker
Joe Regalbuto ... Peter Breeze
Ed Lauter ... Smoke
Warren Clarke ... Max Hofer
Edward Peel ... Sgt. Allyce
Paul Antrim Paul Antrim ... Askew
Christopher Malcolm ... Quaid
Barrie Houghton Barrie Houghton ... Eddie Lee
Peter Skellern Peter Skellern ... Pianist
Harry Towb ... Roger Boardman
Belinda Mayne Belinda Mayne ... Helen Boardman
William Morgan Sheppard ... Sweeny (as Morgan Sheppard)
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Lassiter is a handsome jewel thief operating in London in the late 1930s. One day he is arrested and told that if he wishes to avoid prison, he must break into the heavily guarded German Embassy in London and steal millions in Gems. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Tom Selleck's suave debonair gentleman thief character Nick Lassiter was written in the spirit of Cary Grant's John Robie from To Catch a Thief (1955). See more »

Quotes

Nick Lassiter: That information can only come from one source; you got a man inside!
Inspector John Becker: We 'ad a man inside.
Nick Lassiter: They killed him, right?
Inspector John Becker: If it was going to be easy, I'd get my missus to do it.
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Let's Call The Whole Thing Off
Music by George Gershwin and lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Peter Skellern
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Could have been great, still entertaining
14 March 2004 | by grendelkhanSee all my reviews

Lassiter has all the ingredients of a great film: a great caper, good leads, an interesting setting, action, and romance. What it didn't have was a budget to do the production justice, and an overabundance of tv actors.

Lassiter is basically an attempt to cash in on Tom Selleck's fame on Magnum PI, and his loss of the role of Indiana Jones. The film is set in the same time period as Raiders of the Lost Ark, with the same villains, the Nazis. Instead of a swashbuckling archaeologist, Selleck is a slick jewel thief, Nick Lassiter. Instead of being recruited by the government to recover a treasure, he is blackmailed. However, this is no ode to the Republic serials; no, this is an ode to the caper films of yesterday, with a little To Catch a Thief thrown in for good measure.

Selleck's Nick Lassiter is an American jewel thief, living and operating in London. When not stealing from high society, he enjoys the good life. Selleck looks good in his period costumes, like he belongs. He brings charm and humor to the role, the perfect blend for a gentleman thief.

Jane Seymour is his love interest, a dancer. Seymour is beautiful as always and makes the most of a limited role.

Lauren Hutton gets the juicier role of the Nazi courier and kinky assassin. Hutton plays this decadent role to the hilt, if a bit over the top.

Finally, Bob Hoskins is a London cop who concocts the frame-up that forces Lassiter to attempt to steal Nazi diamonds. This is one of Hoskins earlier film roles and he easily steals the movie. He's not a likable character, but he keeps your interest.

The rest of the cast is filled primarily with tv actors, like Joe Regalbuto and Ed Lauter. They are fine actors, but don't bring the same level to their character roles that the better film actors do. Their appearance has more to do with budget than talent.

The film was co-financed by Raymond Chow, of Golden Harvest, which explains the low budget. Had this been a bigger studio picture, with stronger supporting characters, it could have been a great hit. Instead, it is an entertaining minor film, which appears to steal from James Bond and Indiana Jones. It looks like it was made for tv, and works better on the small screen. The music is of the period, and makes a welcome change from more modern music. The end credits feature a song from Taco. For those not acquainted with 80's New Wave, Taco was an odd performer who mixed New Wave sounds with Cole Porter and other Jazz Age songs. He had the perfect voice for those songs, but the end result was more amusing than memorable.

This is a fine film to watch on a rainy Saturday afternoon, or when sick in bed. It brings a smile to your face, as long as your expectations aren't too high.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 1984 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Piccadilly, London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,027,583, 20 February 1984

Gross USA:

$17,513,452

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$17,513,452
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Mono

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.78 : 1
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