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The Good Thief

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Nick Nolte, The Good Thief
The Good Thief: David Appleby

The Good Thief

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
R
runtime:
109 minutes
Limited Release Date:
04/02/03
performer:
Nick Nolte, Ralph Fiennes, Emir Kusturica, Mark Polish, Michael Polish, Said Taghmaoui, Tcheky Karyo
director:
Neil Jordan
Producer:
John Wells
distributor:
Fox Searchlight Pictures
author:
Neil Jordan
genre:
Mystery and Thriller, Comedy

We gave it a B

Nick Nolte is tailor-made to play a rumpled mess of a thief — a heroin-addicted king of the French Riviera’s criminal demimonde — who’s lured from retirement for one last job. The Good Thief director Neil Jordan creates a flashy but not-quite-there update of the 1955 gem ”Bob le Flambeur” with a passel of likable characters, including a saucy 17-year-old prostitute-in-training (Nutsa Kukhianidze), devoted to their unreconstructed leader. The heist itself is almost beside the point — which is a good thing, considering its logistics are near impossible to follow. EXTRAS A making-of featurette is no more than a long trailer, but Jordan’s commentary is thoughtful, and deleted scenes involving heroin use are chilling.

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