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Thick as Thieves (1999)

R | | Crime, Drama | 9 April 1999 (Italy)
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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Runtime:

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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[last lines]
Mackin, 'The Thief': You are one ugly dog.
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Connections

References The Waltons (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Tongue Tied
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Good crime story with a warped sense of humor
29 September 2000 | by FlickJunkie-2See all my reviews

This film has a good story, but you have to have a certain appreciation for warped humor to appreciate it. The characters range from mildly unusual to downright peculiar. Pointy (Michael Jai White) is a black crime boss who is trying desperately to be a yuppie, playing golf at the country club, owning a French restaurant and lecturing on culture to anyone who will listen. All this is highly incongruous with the drug dealing, cap-busting realities of his crime syndicate, which makes him a droll and entertaining character. Mackin (Alec Baldwin) is a meticulous thief, who does occasional heists for the Mafia. He is an obsessive collector of vinyl jazz albums and takes his dog on capers because he wants to spend quality time with him.

When Mackin does a food stamp heist for Pointy, Pointy double-crosses him. This sets up Mackin's revenge, which encompasses most of the film. The vendetta keeps escalating and the Mafia starts losing patience with both antagonists, introducing a third element into the conflict. The plot has a number of interesting twists and the climax is quite unexpected.

First time director Scott Sanders' direction was solid but nothing special. The music, especially the jazz, was excellent. His work with the cast was nicely done, adding a sardonic tone to the entire movie, although I thought at times he got carried away with the disjointed humor.

The acting was generally very good. Alec Baldwin's quirky portrayal of this painstaking thief was delightful. Rebecca De Mornay played a very different character than we are used to seeing from her. She was terrific as the tough and impassive cop with an understated and sarcastic wit. However, the best performances were given by Michael Jai White and Andre Braugher. White stole the show with his oh-so-refined mob boss impression. Braugher was great as his cool and calculating lieutenant, with nerves of steel and a brilliant criminal mind.

Overall, this was a good crime story that meandered a bit too much from the main plot. I rated it a 7/10. Add a point if you like wry incongruous humor because this film has plenty.


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