Good Thief

Directed By: Neil Jordan Starring: Tcheky Karyo Nick Nolte

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Bob mantagnet is a wise and weary thief who gambles it all on the casino heist of a lifetime in the decadent french riviera.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 40224589
UPC 024543085409
UPC 14 00024543085409
Format DVD
Release Date 8/2/2006
Rating Rating
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Editors Note
Note Irish director Neil Jordan (THE CRYING GAME, MICHAEL COLLINS) and veteran actor Nick Nolte combine their talents for this breezy heist picture. Bob (Nolte) is a retired master thief and gambler living as an expatriot in France. His past robberies are the stuff of underworld legend, but he's given it all up, and fallen into a twilight life of heroin addiction and seedy gambling dens. Then a chance encounter with an attractive young runaway (Nutsa Kukhianidze) inspires him to clean up his act and take one last big job; an elaborate modern art heist at a swanky Riviera casino. Standing in his way is a cagey police inspector (Tchéky Karyo) who is determined to bring him down, even though the two are longtime friends.^The twisty caper plotting compliments a fun cast (including Emir Kusturica and Gérard Darmon as two of Bob's brothers in crime), clever dialogue, stylish direction, and pretty Riviera scenery. Loosely modeled on Jean Pierre Melville's BOB LE FLAMBEUR, this is something of a pet project for Jordan and it's obvious he's invested himself into every detail of the production. The result is both elegant and warmly quirky. As for Nolte, he seems to be having a terrific time; the charming old rascal role fits him perfectly, and Kukhianidze proves his match with an aplomb beyond her years. Ralph Fiennes has a small role as a disreputable art dealer.
Total Film "...THE GOOD THIEF is exuberant, sexy, and ultimately life-affirming drama..." 03/01/2003 p.105
New York Times "...It's a triumph of flourish, all weathered, movie-star-size gesture....The movie is the ultimate caper, a work of brazen ebullience..." 04/02/2003 p.E3
USA Today "...THE GOOD THIEF offers a couple of good benefits. One is the pleasing sight of Nick Nolte in fairly robust form....There's also an appealing turn by Tcheky Karyo..." 04/02/2003 p.3D
Rolling Stone "...Nolte brings a raspy authority to the role, and director Neil Jordan surrounds him with colorful characters..." 05/01/2003 p.64
Chicago Sun-Times "...[Nolte gives] one of those performances that flows unhindered from an actor's deepest instincts..." 04/06/2003 p.28
Movieline's Hollywood Life "...An ingenious thriller....One of the best things about THE GOOD THIEF is the vividly grungy atmosphere that Jordan and master cinematographer Chris Menges evoke..." 05/01/2003 p.114-15
Neil Jordan
Tcheky Karyo
Nick Nolte
Cast & Crew
Marc Lavoine - Actor
Nick Nolte - Actor
Nutsa Kukhianidze - Actor
Ouassini Embarek - Actor
Patricia Kell - Actor
Chris Menges - Cinematographer
Neil Jordan - Director
Tony Lawson - Editor
Neil Jordan - Executive Producer
Elliot Goldenthal - Musical Score
Seaton McLean - Producer
Anthony Pratt - Production Designer
Auguste Le Breton - Screenplay
Neil Jordan - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2003
Catalog ID 2008540
UPC 00024543085409
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 109 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, Spanish Dubbed
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The Good Thief, directed by Neil Jordan (Mona Lisa, The Crying Game) is a remake of a famous 1955 French film named Bob Le Flambeur, by Jean-Pierre Melville. The Good Thief is drawn to the affectionate study of a character who is admirable in every way except that he cannot bring himself to stop breaking the law. But it is juicier, jazzier, with a more charismatic hero.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review Neil Jordan's The Good Thief works significantly better as a character piece than as a heist film. The movie, which is overplotted yet underwritten, cares more for its protagonist than for the circumstances he finds himself in. Unlike most caper films, The Good Thief expends little time and effort delving into the "nuts and bolts" details of the heist. We get some broad details, but, in the end, even attentive viewers will find themselves befuddled by what happens. This will undoubtedly cause some audience members to depart the theater in a state of frustration
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
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Video Format DVD
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Nolte brings a raspy authority to the role...
Jeffrey Anderson, San Francisco Examiner a potent atmosphere and another all-time great performance... by Nick Nolte.

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