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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, 13 October 1989, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,877,618
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Albert Salmi. See more »

Quotes

[Ernie Mullins notices that the two kids are on the skates]
Ernie Mullins: Hey. What are you kids doing here? The rink is closed.
Teenage Boy on Skates: We've got locked in.
Ernie Mullins: Sure you did. There's a fire going over there by the lockers and those are on their way out... Vamoose.
Teenage Boy on Skates: What?
Ernie Mullins: [yells] Get out!
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Soundtracks

Yankee Doodle Boy
Music by George M. Cohan
Published by George M. Cohan Music Publishing Co.
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an assuming film that flew too low beneath our collective radar
8 November 2010 | by mjneu59See all my reviews

Burt Reynolds broke out of his leading man pigeonhole to attempt, for once, a more believable role, playing a middle-aged, low-rent burglar who enlists the help of a dumb but loyal grease monkey and then proceeds to give him lessons in both larceny and life. There are a few heists along the way, but this is more a character study than a caper film, and it works in large part because of the rapport and timing between Reynolds and his blue collar sidekick Casey Siemaszko. Both characters are losers, and it might be argued that losers make more engaging heroes, perhaps because they're easier to identify with. In the spirit of earlier Bill Forsythe films it's a slim but disarming comedy, with an extra measure of depth in the canny screenplay by John Sayles, as always the working man's champion, who along the way makes some minor but interesting points about the haves and the have-nots.


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