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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jimg2000
Dec 12, 2017

A fun adult fantasy caper masterminded by a heroin addicted thief who found his lady luck, played by the Russian Nutsa Kukhianidze. Other eye candy was the film locations of Le Bar-sur-Loup, Monte Carlo and Nice. Incidentally the French rocker Johnny Hallayday (Jun 15, 1943 -- Dec 6, 2017) sang his version of "Black is Black" in the film. Crisp witty dialogue and featured a nice original soundtrack that included Leonard Cohen's "A Thousand Kisses Deep." Again a fun watch.

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Reading_Right
Sep 25, 2017

Le Stink! Le Pew!

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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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jimg2000
Dec 12, 2017

Lyrics from "A Thousand Kisses Deep" by Leonard Cohen fits Bob to the T:
The ponies run, the girls are young
The odds are there to beat
You win a while, and then it's done
Your little winning streak
And summoned now to deal
With your invincible defeat
You live your life as if it's real
A thousand kisses deep

I'm turning tricks, I'm getting fixed
I'm back on boogie street
You lose your grip, and then you slip
Into the masterpiece
And maybe I had miles to drive
And promises to keep
You ditch it all to stay alive
A thousand kisses deep

Confined to sex, we pressed against
The limits of the sea
I saw there were no oceans left
For scavengers like me
...

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jimg2000
Dec 12, 2017

Hey, you won, you lunatic.
-It's not about winning, Roger. It's about attitude. Win or lose, you gotta do 'em both with grace.
You learn that in recovery?
- Change the things you can. Accept the things you can't. And learn the wisdom to know the difference.
Ah, so, what's the difference between a run of luck and a casino heist?
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He was a circus strong man. He used to hang my mother from a high wire,
suspended from his teeth. Then one day his teeth broke.
- And?
She got two false legs, and he got two false teeth.
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Do you know what Einstein said about roulette Anne? It can only be beaten by a gambler with infinite capital. playing in a game without limits for eternity.

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jimg2000
Dec 12, 2017

The owner of my hotel has ridiculous principles. She always wants paying.
-The people you owe money to have always got ridiculous principles.
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She was washing her sheets in the rocks below... when a parachute fell out of the sky. It carried Vincent Montana, United States Marine Corps, my father. She thought he was an angel, delivered from heaven.
-Oh, this was a sentimental journey.
At our age, Roger, we have behind us a growing past... and face a diminishing future.
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Get my... money back by Monday... what I do to both your faces will definitely be cubist. Call it the new aesthetic.
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Paulo, love means never having to say you're sorry.
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You look good for a man of your age.
- What age is that?
You know, Stone Age? Kinky, as well.

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jimg2000
Dec 12, 2017

Why are the French so god-awfully bad at rock 'n' roll?
- What do you mean?
I mean, look at it. We give you Elvis Presley, Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan. And you give us Johnny Hallyday.
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You try a new scam, Bob, it won't be me. The whole system will flatten you.
-I've retired. I'm a junkie gambler now. A big loser. That's all.
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Name the best thief that ever lived.
- Bob?
No. Pablo Picasso. The cat stole from everybody: Rubens, Delacroix, Czanne, Van Gogh, Matisse. Never got caught.

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