The Good Thief (film)
|The Good Thief|
|Directed by||Neil Jordan|
|Produced by||Seaton McLean
|Written by||Neil Jordan|
|Based on||Bob le flambeur
by Jean-Pierre Melville
Auguste Le Breton
with a Special Appearance by Ralph Fiennes
|Music by||Elliot Goldenthal|
|Edited by||Tony Lawson|
|Distributed by||Fox Searchlight Pictures|
The Good Thief is a 2002 French-British crime drama film starring Nick Nolte, Emir Kusturica, and Nutsa Kukhianidze, and directed by Neil Jordan. It is a remake of the 1955 French film Bob le flambeur by Jean-Pierre Melville. The film, shot in both Monaco and Nice, France, follows a heroin addict and retired thief through the setup and completion of one last job.
An aging gambler on a losing streak attempts to rob a casino in Monte Carlo. But someone's already tipped off the cops before he even makes a move.
- Nick Nolte as Bob Montagnet
- Emir Kusturica as Vladimir
- Nutsa Kukhianidze as Anne
- Tchéky Karyo as Roger
- Saïd Taghmaoui as Paulo
- Patricia Kell as Yvonne
- Gérard Darmon as Raoul
- Julien Maurel as Philippe
An uncredited Ralph Fiennes appears as Tony Angel
The film received mostly positive reviews. Critic Roger Ebert notes of Nolte: "it is clear that he was born to play Bob. It is one of those performances that flows unhindered from an actor's deepest instincts."
Reviewer Pam Grady, writing for Reel.com, also praised the film: "The Good Thief has many virtues, beginning with the sheer wit of Jordan's screenplay and Chris Menges's neon-saturated cinematography that renders Nice both beautiful and sinister, trapping the characters in the glare of its lights. The heist itself is a complicated affair — Jordan took Melville's original idea and added a distinctly 21st-century twist — and all the more satisfying for it."
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