|Directed by||Bill Forsyth|
|Produced by||Harry Gittes|
|Written by||John Sayles|
|Music by||Michael Gibbs|
|Edited by||Michael Ellis|
|Distributed by||The Samuel Goldwyn Company|
|October 13, 1989|
|Box office||$1,877,618 (US)|
Breaking In is a 1989 American crime comedy film directed by Bill Forsyth, and written by John Sayles. It stars Burt Reynolds, Casey Siemaszko and Lorraine Toussaint. It is a movie about how professional small-time criminals live and practice their trades.
Ernie Mullins (Burt Reynolds) is an old-pro safecracker from New York who is operating now in Portland, Oregon. Mike (Casey Siemaszko), is the "nosy, amiable kid" that Ernie takes on as his lookout and apprentice. Ernie is content to live in a tract home on the fringe of the city but the kid can't resist flashing his new wealth. Casey Siemaszko gives Mike a wide-eyed furtiveness; he resembles Michael J. Pollard in Bonnie and Clyde."
Ernie maintains a steady, paying relationship with a prostitute, Delphine (Lorraine Toussaint), who fixes Mike up with her apprentice, Carrie (Sheila Kelley). The film also features a pair of retired crooks, Ernie's card-playing pals, Johnny (Albert Salmi) and Shoes (Harry Carey), and a pair of adversarial lawyers (Maury Chaykin and Stephen Tobolowsky).
- Burt Reynolds as Ernie Mullins
- Casey Siemaszko as Mike Lafeve
- Lorraine Toussaint as Delphine the Hooker
- Sheila Kelley as Carrie aka Fontaine
- Albert Salmi as Johnny Scot, Poker Player
- Harry Carey as Shoes, Poker Player
- Maury Chaykin as Vincent Tucci, Attorney
- Stephen Tobolowsky as District Attorney
- Eddie Driscoll as Paul the Apostle
Release and reception
- The film opened in 400 theaters at #12 in its opening weekend (10/13–15) with $679,200.
- The film's final gross was $1,877,618.
- Breaking In (1989) – Box office/business
- Breaking In (1989) – Box Office Mojo
- Gerry Molyneaux, "John Sayles, Renaissance Books, 2000 p 182
- Pauline Kael. Movie Love: Complete Reviews 1988–1991. p.191–192. ISBN 0-7145-2953-2.
- Breaking In (1989) – Weekend Box Office – Box Office Mojo
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