The Art of the Steal

Synopsis: Crunch Calhoun (Kurt Russell), a third rate motorcycle daredevil and semi-reformed art thief, agrees to get back into the con game and pull off one final lucrative art theft with his untrustworthy brother, Nicky (Matt Dillon). Reassembling the old team, Crunch comes up with a plan to steal a priceless historical book, but the successful heist leads to another far riskier plan devised by Nicky. They fail to realize each other's separate agendas when their plan goes awry in this con movie about honor, revenge and the bonds of brotherhood.
Director(s): Jonathan Sobol
Production: Radius-TWC
  5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min



So naturally I tell the Turkish prostitute,

"I'll take two."



So are any of you guys


No? OK then.

Ah, f*ck!


She's a genuine Gauguin, boys.


I don't believe this.

There's millions of dollars of

paintings and we're doing nothing.

- Leave it, lad.

- [NICKY] This is Poland!

We can do whatever

the f*ck we want.

Nicky, boy, the Gauguin's worth more than

five rooms of paintings in this place

and they're all alarmed.

Are you kidding me?

There's no alarms.


There's alarms.




Boys, let's all split up!

Train to Berlin. Ten AM.

Bright and early like!


[NICKY] Shit!

Go! Here. What are you...

what are you...?! Wrong way!


[CRUNCH] That crash

was a stroke of luck.

And the cops showed up before

Stash could kill him.


Did I tell you the one

about the, uh,

three prostitutes

and the bruised melon?


We only want painting back.

One painting, one arrest.

It could be you or someone else.

You have record in Europe,

so that's 20 years sentence.

We make deal, huh?

The painting and a fall guy.

[CRUNCH] For Nicky, I figure

it was just basic math.

He's facing 20 years

and I got a clean sheet.

I can't blame him for that.

But I can hate him for it.


Oh, boy.



[CRUNCH] So I went home.

And I couldn't go back

to the life.

The trust was gone.

Crew was gone.

And everybody went

their separate ways.

And I met a girl.

Someone I could bank on.

And even if I couldn't, buddy,

I'll tell you,

she wasn't the worst person

I shared a bunk with lately.

But I could bank on Francie.

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Jonathan Sobol

Jonathan Sobol is a Canadian film director and screenwriter. His credits include the films Citizen Duane, A Beginner's Guide to Endings and The Art of the Steal.Originally from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Sobol is currently based in Toronto. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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