Tells the real life story of an 80 year old international jewel thief. Features interviews with Doris Payne, her daughter and son, her childhood best friend and law enforcement officers. ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Eunetta T. Boone Eunetta T. Boone ... Self - Screenwriter: Who Is Doris Payne?
Jean Herbert Jean Herbert ... Self - Doris' Longtime Friend
Thomas Jacques Thomas Jacques ... Self - San Diego Police Detective (as Detective Thomas Jacques)
Alfredo J. Molina Alfredo J. Molina ... Self - Owner: Black, Starr & Frost (as Alfred Molina)
Doris Payne Doris Payne ... Self - Jewel Thief
Ronnie Payne Ronnie Payne ... Self - Doris' Son
Donna Swayne Donna Swayne ... Self - Doris' Daughter (as Donna S.)
Lupe Valencia Lupe Valencia ... Self
Gretchen von Helms Gretchen von Helms ... Self - Doris' Attorney
Richard Yarborough Richard Yarborough ... Self - UCLA English Professor
Daniella Flanagan Daniella Flanagan ... 1970s Doris (recreation)
Izabella St. James ... Patient (recreation)
Brehanna Maxwell Brehanna Maxwell ... Young Doris (recreation)
Marshanna Maxwell Marshanna Maxwell ... Friend (recreation)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank A. Brown Frank A. Brown ... Self - Judge


Tells the real life story of an 80 year old international jewel thief. Features interviews with Doris Payne, her daughter and son, her childhood best friend and law enforcement officers. Doris tells stories that include a daring escape, how she used "sleight of hand", and the first time she "took" a piece of jewelry at the age of 10. As the movie begins we see Doris dealing with her most current charges and the possibility of facing a term in prison. From there the film goes back and forth between the past and the present until we finally learn what her destiny will be after over 50 years as an international jewel thief. Written by Tena Williamson-lilburn

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Funny, interesting, definitely worth the watch
12 December 2013 | by senechsSee all my reviews

I had the pleasure of watching this film and Toronto's HotDocs festival, and I can say that there are few documentary films out there that can compete with this. We get a glimpse into the life of Doris Payne, a senior citizen with a past (and present) career as a jewel thief. She is one of the most infamous thieves out there, and her very presence in a shop will set off security staff. You may have even seen her in the news.

We follow Doris as she prepares to go on trial. We hear from friends and members of her family. We also watch drama unfold in front of the camera, as Doris' lies begin to catch up on her. A strong point of the film is when we get to hear anecdotes from the past. This lady has an interesting story to tell! It's no surprise that a narrative film about her is in the works.

What makes this film so fantastic is that while the filmmakers present us with many aspects of Doris' character which may contribute to our understanding of her actions, the audience is left to consider the root of her motives on their own. The viewer is challenged but not guided by preconceived notions.

It should also be noted that Doris Payne loves the camera, and is very entertaining to watch!

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11 August 2015 (USA) See more »

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The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne See more »

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