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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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: [doing knee bends] The knees are the second thing to go.
Mike Lafebb: What's the first?
Ernie Mullins: I can't remember.
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Spoofs The Waltons (1971) See more »

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Dat Dere
Music by Bobby Timmons
Words by Oscar Brown Jr.
Published by UPAM Music Co.
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Reynolds "steals" this one
26 August 2010 | by stones78See all my reviews

Pardon my pun above, but if there's any reason at all to try and catch Breaking In, Burt Reynolds is the main reason. He underplays Ernie, a veteran safe cracker who goes about his business being low key and certainly not flashy at all. He winds up teaming up with a youngster named Mike, played by Casey Siemaszko, who rejuvenates Ernie and he hires him as an apprentice for odd jobs cracking safes. The first half of the forgotten film is the better half because of Reynolds' performance as the aging thief, and is both sympathetic and funny, especially the scenes he's teaching Mike the ropes. It's unfortunate Burt passed up on many good movie roles because the man can act. Anyhow, the latter half of Breaking In revolves around how flashy Mike has become with his cash rewards and his hooker/on and off girlfriend, which I thought slowed the film down a bit. I found Carrie annoying and uninteresting and rather selfish; not sure what Mike saw in her.

Watch this film mainly for Reynolds' performance, as he plays his role convincingly and develops decent chemistry with Mike. Siemaszko also plays his role well, but not quite up to par with his partner in crime.


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