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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.

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Johnny Scot, Poker Player
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Shoes, Poker Player (as Harry Carey)
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Vincent Tucci, Attorney
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District Attorney
Richard Key Jones ...
Lou, Bob's Tire & Body
Tom Lasswell ...
Bud, Bob's Tire & Body
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Bob's Tire & Body Manager
Frank A. Damiani ...
Waiter
David Frishberg ...
Nighclub Singer
John Baldwin ...
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Paul the Apostle
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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.

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Adventure | Comedy

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R | See all certifications »
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13 October 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Como Ser um Bom Ladrão  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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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

Ernie Mullins: [while robbing the safe] Hey, where'd you get that apple?
Mike Lafebb: Out there.
Ernie Mullins: Next time you want an apple, you buy it!
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Hobgoblins (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

He Included Me
Music by Hampton H. Sewell
Words by Johnson Oatman Jr.
Published by Musical Ministries
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i worked on this film
16 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

I was the music editor on "Breaking In" the experience of working with Bill Forsyth was one of the highlights of my long career. I just wish everyone could see the Director's cut. It was head-and-shoulders above the release edit. It was a very strange hybrid...John Sayles and Bill Forsyth - produced by Sam Goldwyn Jr. I'll never forget the day when Bill got yet another huge list of changes Goldwyn wanted - at the end of the list he asked Bill to respond to the changes he wanted - and also asked Bill(who is a Scot) to recommend a single malt whiskey for a party he was having. Bill sent a case of whiskey to Goldwyn with a note saying "This should answer both of your questions" The name of the whiskey was "KNOCKANDHU" !


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