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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.

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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

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


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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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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Nick Nolte admitted in an interview that he took a small injection of heroin in preparation for his role. He claims that in order to play such a character he required the feeling of addiction and what it is to be a heroin junkie. See more »

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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

Bob: It's a good fake, though.
Tony Angel: Isn't that a contradiction in terms? A Good Fake? A Happy Homosexual?
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Fine Art Advisor--Ralph Fiennes See more »

Connections

Remake of Bob le Flambeur (1956) See more »

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Salou Maana
(Khaled)
Performed by Mohamed Khelifati
Published by EMI Virgin Music Ltd
Recording courtesy of Creon Music, France
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Excellent Remake
28 March 2016 | by fung0See all my reviews

Remakes are repugnant in principle, but they can occasionally be worthwhile, if the people making them actually have something new to say. That's definitely the case with The Good Thief.

Jean-Pierre Melville's 1956 Bob le Flambeur is a quirky but masterful film. It's also flawed in many ways. Its most obvious limitation is the leading man, Roger Duchesne, who clearly lacks the charisma required by the part. Melville worked on the cheap, and couldn't afford a big-name star. Neil Jordan rectifies that problem beautifully; Nick Nolte is absolutely the perfect choice to play Bob Montagné.

Bob le Flambeur also has a very peculiar loping pace, which adds to its charm, but works against its logic. Things in Melville's films seem to happen almost at random; characters often come and go, win or lose, for little obvious reason. Jordan adds several levels to Meleville's original plot, making it flow more smoothly and rationally. In the process, he turns The Good Thief into a rather different film - more of a complex heist caper, compared to Melville's simpler mood piece.

Nonetheless, The Good Thief does retain Melville's fundamental affection for the central character. In fact, we get a deeper look at Bob, who has now added a drug habit to his other vices. Jordan also does a lot more work to 'sell' the original ending. He gives us a more explicit interpretation - it's all about doing things with style. This is Jordan's personal commentary on a film he obviously admires.

Of course, despite its flaws (or perhaps because of them), Bob le Flambeur is clearly a ground-breaking masterpiece. The Good Thief is not. It's merely a very good film - likable, clever, insightful, less frustrating and far more entertaining than the original. It's not so much a remake as a reinterpretation. It deepens our appreciation of the original, but also stands alone as a fine work in its own right.

In short, I'd recommend both films very highly. See Bob le Flambeur when you're in the mood for a breakthrough art film, graced with moody black-and-white photography of 1950s Paris. See The Good Thief when you'd prefer a colorful caper film with strong characters and some real philosophical depth.


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