Thieves Like Us

Synopsis: Two convicts break out of Mississippi State Penitentiary in 1936 to join a third on a long spree of bank robbing, their special talent and claim to fame. The youngest of the three falls in love along the way with a girl met at their hideout, the older man is a happy professional criminal with a romance of his own, the third is a fast lover and hard drinker fond of his work. The young lovers begin to move out of the sphere in which they have met, a last robbery in Yazoo City goes badly and puts paid to the gang once and for all as a profitable venture, but isn't the end of the story quite yet, as all three are wanted and notorious men with altogether different points of view on the situation they are faced with.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Robert Altman
Production: United Artists
  1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
123 min

Well, praise the Lord for that.

I can hear him saying, "Get out the guns

- "and the hounds and the .30-30s...

- Yeah.

"... and you shoot them

sons of bitches down. "


Did you hear

any baseball scores, Jasbo?

No, sir, I sure haven't.

Well, don't the radio work?

No, sir. It don't.

It never has worked when it's raining.

Hey, Jasbo, why don't you sing us a song?

I don't know no songs.

What do you mean,

you don't know no songs?

The radio don't work.

You be the radio. You sing us a song.

Well, there is a song

we used to sing in high school.

Oh, that's okay, boys.

Sing the high school song.




Thataway, Jasbo!

Yeah, Jasbo!

Just another what?

Just another accident.



Hey, Jasbo!


Jasbo, I could

shoot you for this.

Bowie, get that spare tire.

That ain't my fault.

That tire's a brand new tire.

His spare's flatter than a sailcat.

Gentlemen, this wins the purloin bathtub.

Come on, let's walk it.

You go ahead, Bowie.

I'll take care of Jasbo right now.

- Take care of me?

- Come on, in the car, in the car.

- Yes, sir.

- Move it, move it, move!

Yes, sir.

Now, you know what to do,

don't you, Jasbo?

- Or am I gonna have to tie you up?

- No, sir, you don't have to tie me up.

- I know what to do.

- That's a good boy.

- Now, you bump your head on that wheel.

- Yes, sir.

And you close your eyes and you keep

your eyes closed, you hear me?

Yes, sir.

You keep those eyes closed

for the next two hours, hey?

- Yes, sir.

- Three hours,

'cause I'm gonna come back and check

every once in a while. You got me?

Yes, sir.


Rate this script:(0.00 / 0 votes)

Calder Willingham

Calder Baynard Willingham, Jr. (December 23, 1922 – February 19, 1995) was an American novelist and screenwriter. Before the age of thirty, after just three novels and a collection of short stories, The New Yorker was already describing Willingham as having “fathered modern black comedy,” his signature a dry, straight-faced humor, made funnier by its concealed comic intent. His work matured over six more novels, including Eternal Fire (1963), which Newsweek said “deserves a place among the dozen or so novels that must be mentioned if one is to speak of greatness in American fiction.” He had a significant career in cinema, too, with screenplay credits that include Paths of Glory (1957), The Graduate (1967) and Little Big Man (1970). more…

All Calder Willingham scripts | Calder Willingham Scripts

FAVORITE (0 fans)

Submitted on August 05, 2018

Discuss this script with the community:



    Translate and read this script in other languages:

    Select another language:

    • - Select -
    • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
    • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
    • Español (Spanish)
    • Esperanto (Esperanto)
    • 日本語 (Japanese)
    • Português (Portuguese)
    • Deutsch (German)
    • العربية (Arabic)
    • Français (French)
    • Русский (Russian)
    • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
    • 한국어 (Korean)
    • עברית (Hebrew)
    • Gaeilge (Irish)
    • Українська (Ukrainian)
    • اردو (Urdu)
    • Magyar (Hungarian)
    • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
    • Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Italiano (Italian)
    • தமிழ் (Tamil)
    • Türkçe (Turkish)
    • తెలుగు (Telugu)
    • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
    • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
    • Čeština (Czech)
    • Polski (Polish)
    • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Românește (Romanian)
    • Nederlands (Dutch)
    • Ελληνικά (Greek)
    • Latinum (Latin)
    • Svenska (Swedish)
    • Dansk (Danish)
    • Suomi (Finnish)
    • فارسی (Persian)
    • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
    • հայերեն (Armenian)
    • Norsk (Norwegian)
    • English (English)


    Use the citation below to add this screenplay to your bibliography:


    "Thieves Like Us" STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 26 Feb. 2021. <>.

    We need you!

    Help us build the largest writers community and scripts collection on the web!

    Watch the movie trailer

    Thieves Like Us

    The Marketplace:

    Sell your Script !

    Get listed in the most prominent screenplays collection on the web!

    The Studio:

    ScreenWriting Tool

    Write your screenplay and focus on the story with many helpful features.

    Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.