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The Good Thief (2002)

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An aging gambler on a losing streak attempts to rob a casino in Monte Carlo. But someone's already tipped off the cops before he even makes a move.


Neil Jordan


Auguste Le Breton (screenplay "Bob le flambeur"), Jean-Pierre Melville (screenplay "Bob le flambeur") | 2 more credits »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Nutsa Kukhianidze Nutsa Kukhianidze ... Anne
Ouassini Embarek Ouassini Embarek ... Said
Tchéky Karyo ... Roger
Marc Lavoine ... Remi
Nick Nolte ... Bob Montagnet
Gérard Darmon ... Raoul
Saïd Taghmaoui ... Paulo
Patricia Kell Patricia Kell ... Yvonne
Julien Maurel Julien Maurel ... Philippe
Emir Kusturica ... Vladimir
Roland Munter Roland Munter ... Kozinski
Warren Zavatta Warren Zavatta ... Petit Louis
Théo Trifard Théo Trifard ... Bill
Sarah Bridges Sarah Bridges ... Philippa
Nicolas Dromard Nicolas Dromard ... Luigi


Set against the glitzy backdrop of the French Riviera, aging gambler Bob Montagnet is about to gamble it all on the casino heist of a lifetime; a spectatcular sleight of hand--two heists, one real, one not, but which is which? Under the watchful eye of Roger, a policeman who would as soon save his longtime opponent as arrest him, Montagnet assembles a team that consists of partners Paulo and Raoul, technical mastermind Vladimer, former-drug-dealer-turned-informant Said, Anne, a young Eastern girl Montagnet rescued from prostitution, and the perfect complement to a double theft--identical twins Albert and Bertram. Written by Sujit R. Varma

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He doesn't want money. He wants what money can't buy.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexuality, drug content and some violence | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


The cast includes award winning filmmakers: the Polish brothers (Mark Polish and Michael Polish) and two-time Palme d'Or winning director Emir Kusturica. See more »


Two characters force the bank to retire by betting millions of Francs on the ante and winning. In 2002, Francs were not in circulation anymore, as the currency was the Euro, in France as well as in Monaco. See more »


Bob: The problem with my game is that luck can fall both ways. Whereas, with your game, luck doesn't enter into it
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Crazy Credits

Fine Art Advisor--Ralph Fiennes See more »


Remake of Bob le Flambeur (1956) See more »


Si, mi chiamano Mimi
from opera "La Boheme""
Written by Giacomo Puccini
Performed by Czechoslovakian Symphony Orchestra
Sung by Luba Orgonasova
Published by CASA Ricordi-BMG Ricordi S.p.A.
Recording courtesy of Naxos Recordings Ltd.
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Fair enough
10 April 2003 | by Decko_koji_obecavaSee all my reviews

There isn't much one can, or for that matter should say about Neil Jordan's "The Good Thief". Fun and stylish heist movie that drags a bit in the middle but gets back on track by the end. Along for the ride with a weathered thief/drug addict/bon vivant named Bob (Nick Nolte) is a motley crew of characters with varying degrees of fashionable zaniness. The most notable of the lot might be transsexual Philippa (Sarah Bridges) and security-systems expert Vladimir from Vladivostok (played by another raconteur European director Emir Kusturica).

Dialogue, though, sounds like it was written by a teenage comic book artist in a foreign palaver and then translated into English. The fact that most of the actors don't list the language of the British as their mother tongue isn't helping either, especially when the details of a complicated robbery are being discussed. However, this all fits comfortably enough in the overall ambiance of the movie. Choice of music is excellent, enhancing the experience greatly. It was nice to see the REAL south of France with its strong Algerian influences instead of just the usual white bred high society crowd most people associate with Monte Carlo and Nice. In addition to Algeria, we also get some Russia, Bosnia, England..

P.S.: Young actress from Georgia Nutsa Kukhanidze is another bright spot managing for her vulnerable character Anne to also come off very sexy, chic and even debonnaire. Through her confident performance she really sells us on the notion of these hardened 'old' men being infatuated with a 17-year-old crack whore from Bosnia. And they say movies sugarcoat reality... :)

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English | French | Arabic

Release Date:

25 April 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Honest Thief See more »

Filming Locations:

Hotel Regina, Nice, France See more »


Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$131,580, 6 April 2003

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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