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THE GOOD THIEF

 
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At Theaters: 4/25/2003 On Video: 8/19/2003
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 49 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 399999
Studio: Fox Searchlight
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Bob Montagnet lives in the twilight zone of the Nice underworld - a seedy universe blurred by drugs and gambling binges. A casino heist might be his only chance to double down.
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Drama - This is a dark and gritty drama showing the seedy side of a life of crime and drugs. The plot has some unexpected twists that are entertaining.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Nick Nolte SIMPATICO, BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS, NIGHTWATCH
Tcheky Karyo KISS OF THE DRAGON
Nutsa Kukhianidze 27 MISSING KISSES
Director: Neil Jordan THE END OF THE AFFAIR, IN DREAMS
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Production Notes Heading
Not provided by studio.
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 37 F-words, 2 S-words Just a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: Some shots of topless women. Not sexual.
VIOLENCE: Only a few scenes, not graphic.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: One man shoots drugs and smokes dope.
ACTION: Very little action. Very mild.
COMEDY: Only a few mildly funny comments.
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James Berardinelli, Internet Critic  Full Review
Above Average "The Good Thief probably has a greater capacity to disappoint than to pleasantly surprise, and it is a decidedly mixed bag. Those who enjoy the usual rhythms of a well-plotted caper movie will be depressed by this movie's inability to tie everything together. On the other hand, lovers of drama featuring quirky characters will find things to appreciate. ... it's certainly watchable.''

Roger Ebert  Full Review
Very Good "The plot I will not breathe a word about, since it is so elegantly ironic in the way Bob outflanks the cops, his partners, the casino, and ourselves. It leads up to a deeply satisfying conclusion, but along the way what we enjoy is the portrait of this man who is engaged in some kind of lifelong showdown between his goodness and his weakness.''

TV Guide Online  Full Review
Above Average "Propelled by a soundtrack as diverse as its international gallery of thieves, Jordan's cheerfully scruffy neo-noir caprice even lays on the religious imagery with a palette knife and sweetens Melville's ending without seeming terminally sappy.''

Newsday  Full Review
Very Good "
There’s a zest and brilliance in Neil Jordan’s racy heist thriller The Good Thief that makes it almost intoxicating to watch, even when Jordan seems to be overplaying his hand and recklessly upping the ante."

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 55 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
20-29Yg Adults (M)
1
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
2
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
25
Very High
88%
30+Adults (F)
27
Fairly Low
74%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

It appears most moviegoers felt the same as I did about The Good Thief, its decent but certainly not great. There were very few opinions of "Fantastic" or "Excellent" and they are critical to a highly enjoyed movie. When you have this many opinions of "Good" and lower it's certainly not good. When there are a decent number of "Very Good" opinions, like there are from the males, it shows that some did find it to be a slightly above average movie.

However, chances aren't too good that you will truly enjoy The Good Thief. On these I recommend waiting for it to hit video before taking a chance on it, or at least catch it at a matinee and save a few bucks in case your opinion falls towards the low end rather than the high end.

Cinema Review Prediction: (before moviegoer opinions are collected)
I thought The Good Thief was decent, but to be honest, it's really not my kind of movie. It's a little too dark for my taste. I just don't think watching a bunch of seedy, drug addicted thieves planning a robbery is especially entertaining. The robbery itself and some plot twists helped it quite a bit, but I still wouldn't have wanted to pay to see it. Now, if your taste in movies runs close to that of critics then you may enjoy it very much since several critics gave it good reviews.


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Bob Montagnet, the film's hero draws his inspiration from the man he regards as the greatest thief and copycat of all...Picassso. Under the watchful eye of Roger (Tcheky Karyo), a policeman who would as soon save his longtime opponent as arrest him. Montagnet assembles a team that consists of partners Paulo (Said Taghmaoui) and Raoul (Grard Darmon), technical mastermind Vladimer (Emir Kusturica), former-drug-dealer-turned-informant Said (Ouassini Embarkek), Anne (Nutsa Kukhianidze), a young Eastern European girl Montagnet rescued from prostitution, and the perfect complement to a double theft - identical twins Albert and Bertram (Mark and Mike Polish).
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