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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.

Director:

Neil Jordan

Writers:

Auguste Le Breton (screenplay "Bob le flambeur"), Jean-Pierre Melville (screenplay "Bob le flambeur") | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nutsa Kukhianidze Nutsa Kukhianidze ... Anne
Ouassini Embarek Ouassini Embarek ... Said
Tchéky Karyo ... Roger
Marc Lavoine 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
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Storyline

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

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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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Country:

France | UK | Ireland | Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Honest Thief See more »

Filming Locations:

Hotel Regina, Nice, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$131,580, 6 April 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,517,797, 20 July 2003
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Although Ralph Fiennes was not listed in the cast he did gain a credit in the technical assistance as Fine Arts Adviser. See more »

Goofs

A mic pack can be seen on Anne's backside when she and Bob are leaving Paulo's car near the end of the movie. See more »

Quotes

Croupier: [considering the odds] The house must retire.
Anne: The house sleepy?
Bob: Cash, if you please. Large denominations. And it's getting late.
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Fine Art Advisor--Ralph Fiennes See more »

Connections

Remake of Bob le Flambeur (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Tonk Game
(Marr)
Performed by Hank Marr
(c) Fort Knox Music Inc. and Lark Music Ltd.
Used by kind permission of Carlin Music Corp.
Recording courtesy of Charty Licensing Denmark
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Stylish and Satisfying
19 September 2003 | by dromascaSee all my reviews

'The Good Thief' is the best film Neil Jordan did since 'Mona Lisa' almost two decades ago. It is a classical and well written robbery story, complex enough to catch the interest, simple enough for the spectator to follow and enjoy, and with the special twist at the end that makes a good script. The main character fits Nick Nolte like life, I can imagine only Humphrey Bogart doing better in this role. There are a few other memorable characters, with the Georgian (from the other Georgia) Nutza Kukhianidze promising to become soon a star if she has enough luck to continue to work with good directors and scripts. The cinematography has a special quality, with final stills after each shot, enhancing a good digital camera work. I also liked the soundtrack, it's a mix of classic, jazz and even Leonard Cohen sounds right for a change. 8/10 on my personal scale - certainly worth seeing.


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