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Thick as Thieves (1999)

On loan from Chicago mafia to Detroit underworld, a thief gets double-crossed by the Detroit boss, and, after barely escaping, vows to take revenge. Aided by two of his close friends, and, ... See full summary »

Director:

Scott Sanders

Writers:

Patrick Quinn (novel), Scott Sanders (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Adair-Rios ... Waiter
Khandi Alexander ... Janet
Erich Anderson ... Tenesco
Cecil 'Shuckey Duckey' Armstrong Cecil 'Shuckey Duckey' Armstrong ... Butch
Tom Babuscio Tom Babuscio ... Ray (as Thomas Babuscio)
Alec Baldwin ... Mackin
Reginald Ballard ... Sugar Bear
Richard Beatty Richard Beatty ... Benny (as Rick Beatty)
Eric Bizot Eric Bizot ... Claude
Andre Braugher ... Dink
Lisette Bross ... Restaurant Patron
David Byrd David Byrd ... Capetti
Louis Crugnali ... Ricky
Sandra Cusimano Sandra Cusimano ... Maria
Michelle Davison Michelle Davison ... Mother
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Storyline

On loan from Chicago mafia to Detroit underworld, a thief gets double-crossed by the Detroit boss, and, after barely escaping, vows to take revenge. Aided by two of his close friends, and, pursued by a dogged detective, the thief proceeds to burn Detroit underworld to the ground.

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It's all about payback.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Rated R for language, violence and some drug use | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

9 April 1999 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Honorables delincuentes See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

When Mackin goes to the store and buys an LP: "Look To The Rainbow" with Walter Wanderley on organ and piano. See more »

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Among "Thanks to" (corporate contributors) in end titles: "Calvin Kelin", an obvious typo for Calvin Klein. See more »

Quotes

Riles: I don't want to know if you gave Williams the motel. See, if you gave up the motel, I'd probably have to whack you. Instead, what I'm gonna do is let bygones be bygones. That's the whole problem here. No one wants to let go of the past. Well, I'm letting go of the past, Ricky, 'cause guys like you and me, we have to worry about the future. Am I right?
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Malibu Pier Concert
by Charlotte Georg (as Stan Livingston)
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Unknown, Unappreciated And Unbelievably Good
25 June 2007 | by jvincent1See all my reviews

It's good to know from reading the user comments here that others are out there who've seen this film (probably on DVD) and enjoyed it as much as me. I don't recall when or where I bought this movie, or what motivated me to do so, but I'm awfully glad I did. Normally, a film's director is the major force in attracting me to buy a film on DVD. Since I had never heard of Scott Sanders, it surely must have been the presence of so many good actors which influenced me to do so. However, if this man never makes another film, he still has made a significant contribution with this one. The actors execute Sander's tight, fast-paced script superbly, as the film flies by so quickly, I was disappointed it was over. Alec Baldwin as the Mafia-connected thief, Bruce Greenwood as his sarcastic sidekick, a black guy whose name I didn't know, who plays Greenwood's foil and sidekick #2, together form a formidable trio of robbers with great chemistry, and much, much sly humor. Pit them against pseudo-sophisticated gang leader Michael Jai White, carelessly arrogant of his bigotry against the "Eyetalians," his #2, a quietly smooth Andre Braugher, and their entourage of bungling underlings, then throw in the middle, laid-back detective Rebecca De Mornay and you have a great crew to execute all the controlled anarchy which ensues. Great acting all around from these fine people. But, it doesn't stop there. There are three or four more guys and gals, again whose names I didn't know, who make vital acting contributions in sizable roles. This is not a "funny, ha ha" type film, but its serious nature is always undermined by subtle comedic touches. If there is a serious weakness in the film, I didn't see it. Director Sanders wrote a great story, recruited a team of top-notch talent, mixed it all together and came out with one great film. I've put myself on notice to see if Scott Sanders shows his face again, but so far ... This film was made in 1998. He has plenty of time, but, c'mon now.


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