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Breaking In (1989)

Professional thief Ernie takes Mike on as an apprentice, but while Mike clearly has "larceny in his heart", it will take him a long time to get as good as Ernie.

Director:

Bill Forsyth

Writer:

John Sayles
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Reynolds ... Ernie Mullins
Casey Siemaszko ... Mike Lafebb
Sheila Kelley ... Carrie aka Fontaine
Lorraine Toussaint ... Delphine the Hooker
Albert Salmi ... Johnny Scot, Poker Player
Harry Carey Jr. ... Shoes, Poker Player (as Harry Carey)
Maury Chaykin ... Vincent Tucci, Attorney
Stephen Tobolowsky ... District Attorney
Richard Key Jones Richard Key Jones ... Lou, Bob's Tire & Body
Tom Lasswell Tom Lasswell ... Bud, Bob's Tire & Body
Walter Shane Walter Shane ... Bob's Tire & Body Manager
Frank A. Damiani Frank A. Damiani ... Waiter
David Frishberg David Frishberg ... Nighclub Singer
John Baldwin John Baldwin ... Sam the Apostle
Eddie Driscoll ... Paul the Apostle
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Storyline

Professional thief Ernie takes Mike on as an apprentice, but while Mike clearly has "larceny in his heart", it will take him a long time to get as good as Ernie. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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An amateur thief and a professional robber team up for an outrageous comic heist.

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Como ser um Bom Ladrão See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$679,200, 13 October 1989, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,877,618
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Albert Salmi. See more »

Quotes

Mike Lafebb: So, you're an actress?
Carrie aka Fontaine: Well, I'm an actress and a model.
Mike Lafebb: Yeah? Done any movies?
Carrie aka Fontaine: I'm not at the performance level just yet. I'm still developing my instrument.
Mike Lafebb: Oh, so you're a musician too, huh?
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Soundtracks

Dat Dere
Music by Bobby Timmons
Words by Oscar Brown Jr.
Published by UPAM Music Co.
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Crime Comedy Charmer
20 November 2004 | by tarpollenSee all my reviews

What makes this buddy crime comedy work rests essentially on it's sympathetic characters. Delivered here in traditional veteran/rookie fashion,the story paces along steadily as young and endearingly misguided Mike (Siemaszko) is given life lessons in the art of safe cracking by world-weary professional Earl (Reynolds). The chemistry between the two leads allows for cleverly-conceived comedic scenes to shine forth beautifully. From the moment of their initial accidental meet-up, you are instantly hooked. The film's best quality though is it's ironic approach to burglary, for Earl talks of "The Job" as though it were a viable career option! This is Sayles' savvy screenplay technique undoubtedly shining through. Guided by Forsyth's refined direction, this comedy never veers into slapstick, distinguishing it from the later inferior 'Safe Men'. It never strives to be what it isn't, and so it rarely disappoints. A similarly-styled, yet darker film worthy of viewing is Saul Rubinek's 'Jerry and Tom'.

Rating: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars


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