The Good Thief

The Good Thief

DVD - 2003
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Bob is an aging American thief is living in the French city of Nice. Addicted to both heroin and gambling, Bob is in the midst of an extended personal losing streak when he rescues a new girl in town named Anne from her pimp. When the opportunity to steal a fortune in rare paintings from a Monte Carlo casino comes along, Bob hopes for a score big enough to let him retire from his life of crime. His only hindrances are Anne's man troubles and his nemesis, local police chief Roger.

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Nursebob
Dec 13, 2014

An adequate remake of Jean Pierre Melville’s 1956 classic Bob le Flambeur, Neil Jordan’s colourful heist flick follows the exploits of Bob Montagnet, a kind-hearted master thief and inveterate liar now fallen on hard times thanks to his twin appetites for heroin and gambling. Content to haunt the seedier dives along the French Riviera making small talk with his underworld pals and scoring enough dope before shuffling back to his comfortable suburban apartment, Bob’s life seems to be circling the drain, especially after he suffers a major financial loss at the racetrack. His luck takes a turn for the better however when he’s approached for one final lucrative job involving a fortune in artwork locked away in a casino vault. Gathering a crack team of fellow thieves and one computer whiz, Bob plans the heist of a lifetime but various complications soon arise in the form of a hot-tempered accomplice, a pair of conniving twins, and a painfully young Bosnian prostitute who takes a shine to the aging criminal. And then there’s Roger, the police detective with whom Bob shares an obligingly adversarial relationship. When Roger catches wind of Bob’s plans the wheels of justice are set in motion.....but who will emerge victorious? As the hulking raspy-voiced Bob, Nick Nolte puts in a convincing performance complimented admirably by an international cast of supporting actors (Emir Kusturica!?). Like a big craggy-faced teddy bear, his character may rob from the rich while fabricating elaborate stories along the way, but he is not a malicious man by nature. Fashioning himself after “the good thief” in the gospels whom Christ welcomed into Paradise, Bob tries to live a charitable life despite his chosen profession. It’s all a glitzy fairy tale of course, heightened by some gorgeous Côte d’Azur settings and an eclectic soundtrack of Cohen ballads and Arabic beats. We’re well aware that one doesn’t shake off a heroin addiction in three days then leave the house a new man, nor does a Slavic peasant with a crack habit become a refined lady after only a few lessons. Some big stretches aside, The Good Thief remains a stylish and highly polished bit of entertainment, well written and nicely acted.

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GHN
Apr 18, 2010

Forget about the "Ocean 1x" movies, this one is much better.

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