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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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Taglines:

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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Details

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, 15 October 1989

Gross USA:

$1,877,618

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,877,618
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In the scene where Mike is buying the torch at the hardware store, you can see a man in the background holding a stainless steel sink. This a reference to Director Bill Forsyth's first movie, That Sinking Feeling (1979), about a bunch of kids who decide to break into a stainless steel sink factory. 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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Dull caper film ......
31 October 2012 | by merklekranzSee all my reviews

"Breaking In" is a very forgettable Burt Reynolds comedy. For a really great Reynolds chuckles film rent "The End". This one falls flat, with just one caper after another, it is very redundant. Not much can be said about the two main characters either. Both fail to elicit sympathy, and in fact Casey Siemaszko as the thief apprentice comes across as more stupid than sympathetic. The ending feels so tacked on, it is bewildering. It is also very unsatisfying, which is not a good way to end what has already been a tedious film experience. Not recommended, even for Burt Reynolds fans.................................. - MERK


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