The Good Thief: David Appleby
Alice King
August 26, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

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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