The Good Thief (film)

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The Good Thief
The Good Thief (film).jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Neil Jordan
Produced by Seaton McLean
John Wells
Stephen Woolley
Neil Jordan
Written by Neil Jordan
Based on Bob le flambeur 
by Jean-Pierre Melville
Auguste Le Breton
Starring Nick Nolte
with a Special Appearance by Ralph Fiennes
Music by Elliot Goldenthal
Cinematography Chris Menges
Edited by Tony Lawson
Production
company
Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures
Release dates
  • 6 September 2002 (2002-09-06) (Toronto)
  • 28 February 2003 (2003-02-28) (Ireland)
  • 7 March 2003 (2003-03-07) (United Kingdom)
  • 4 April 2003 (2003-04-04) (United States)
  • 11 April 2003 (2003-04-11) (Canada)
Running time
108 minutes
Country United Kingdom
France
Language English
French
Budget $25 million
Box office $3,517,797

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.

Synopsis[edit]

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.

Cast[edit]

An uncredited Ralph Fiennes appears as Tony Angel

Reaction[edit]

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."[1]

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."[2]

The film holds a 77% 'fresh' rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with the consensus "Bolstered by Nolte's strong performance, The Good Thief brims with seductive style."[3]

Soundtrack[edit]

The film's score was composed by Elliot Goldenthal.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Good Thief :: rogerebert.com :: Reviews". Rogerebert.suntimes.com. Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ The Good Thief at Rotten Tomatoes

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