The Good Thief (film)

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The Good Thief
The Good Thief (film).jpg
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
Emir Kusturica
Nutsa Kukhianidze
Music by Elliot Goldenthal
Cinematography Chris Menges
Edited by Tony Lawson
Distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures
Release date
  • 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
Language English
Budget $30 million[1]
Box office $5,756,945[1]

The Good Thief is a 2002 British-French-Irish crime thriller 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 addicted retired thief through the setup and completion of one last job.



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."[2]

Reviewer Pam Grady, writing for, 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."[3]

The film holds a 77% 'fresh' rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[4]


The film's score was composed by Elliot Goldenthal.


  1. ^ a b The Good Thief at Box Office Mojo
  2. ^ "The Good Thief :: :: Reviews". Retrieved 2010-12-31. 
  3. ^ "The Good Thief (2002)". 9 May 2005. Retrieved 8 October 2017. 
  4. ^ The Good Thief at Rotten Tomatoes

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