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Thick as Thieves (2009)

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A veteran thief recruits a younger crook to help him pull off one final job in order to repay his debt to the Russian mob.


Mimi Leder


Ted Humphrey





Cast overview, first billed only:
Rade Serbedzija ... Nicky / Victor (as Rade Sherbedgia)
Morgan Freeman ... Ripley
Robert Forster ... Lt. Weber
Corey Johnson ... Voutiritsas
Antonio Banderas ... Gabriel
Gerrit Vooren Gerrit Vooren ... Bakker
Charles Venn ... Transit Cop #1 (as Chucky Venn)
Atanas Srebrev ... Transit Cop #2
Darrell Las Quevas Darrell Las Quevas ... Transit Cop #3
Tom Hardy ... Michaels
Ivan Petrushinov Ivan Petrushinov ... Émigré #1
Victor Boichev Victor Boichev ... Émigré #2 (as Victor Boytchev)
Nickolay Hadjiminev Nickolay Hadjiminev ... Émigré #3
Marianne Stanicheva ... Madame Irina (as Mariana Stanisheva)
Stefan Shterev Stefan Shterev ... Giorgi


In New York, the experienced art thief, Keith Ripley, invites the bold thief from Miami, Gabriel Martin, to team up with him. He plans the heist of two valuable mysterious antique Faberge eggs, located in a safe, of the well protected Russian jewelry Romanov. Each egg is worth twenty million dollars on the black market, and Ripley needs his cut to free himself from his debt to a powerful mobster, known as Nicky. The reluctant Gabriel agrees to participate, after having a one night stand with Ripley's goddaughter Alexandra Karolin. Meanwhile, the persistent Lieutenant Weber, who has unsuccessfully tried to put Ripley in jail for twenty years, figures out how to anticipate the movements of the criminal in order to catch him. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Never trust a thief.


Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality, language and some nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]


USA | Germany


English | Russian | Dutch

Release Date:

9 January 2009 (Taiwan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Code See more »

Filming Locations:

Sofia, Bulgaria See more »


Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


During the scene when Antonio Banderas is talking to Radha Mitchell at the Russian night club at around 26 minutes, there is a techno remix of the traditional Russian folk song, "Korobeiniki". "Korobeiniki" is also the theme song for the Nintendo classic puzzle video game, "Tetris". See more »


(at around 1h 5 mins) When Keith and Gabriel are trying to "crack the code" to the inner vault, on the last digit, Keith tells Gabriel to type "1", and the number reads 827145369, Gabriel stops to think and just as Gabriel type "9", the number now reads 827145396. See more »


[last lines]
Gabriel Martin: I want to know, was it all lies?
Alexandra Korolenko: Not the part that matters.
Gabriel Martin: It was true.
Alexandra Korolenko: [giggles]
Gabriel Martin: That was real. That was real, finally.
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A mix of the decent and not-so-decent
7 July 2009 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

While I can understand why talented actor Robert Forster (who looks somewhat ghastly here, like he's coming off a major illness) is appearing in a direct-to-video movie (at least in North America), I don't understand why Morgan Freeman and Antonio Banderas are doing in a direct-to-video movie. Surely they are still getting calls from major studios? Did they really need the money? Anyway, they bring their natural charisma to this movie... but not much more. Freeman doesn't seem to be trying very hard in his performance, and Banderas doesn't watch his accent, making some of the words he says hard to figure out.

The production values are mostly very decent, a trademark of direct-to-video kings Millennium/Nu Image Films. Although this set-in-New-York film was partially filmed in Bulgaria, it doesn't show. The only flaw in the production values was the CGI used in the subway sequences. It looks pretty cheesy.

The heist central to this movie has some tension, but I found it hard to get involved. For one thing, many of the steps the Freeman and Banderas characters use to foil the various security measures are never fully explained to the audience. Even worse is that it's implied that this heist was planned in JUST A FEW DAYS! Seeming all these security measures they have to conquer, it would really take weeks, even months to plan! The movie is never really boring, but in the first half of the movie you can kind of guess what will happen in the next scene. There are twists towards the end, but they are expected, as in other caper movies like this one. Such twists happening are no longer a surprise. Plus, as they start to unfold, you will start to guess just what new twists will happen.

Wait until it comes on cable... on a rainy day... when there's absolutely nothing else to do or watch.

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