The Good Thief

Synopsis: Set against the glitzy backdrop of the French Riviera, aging gambler Bob Montagnet is about to gamble it all on the casino heist of a lifetime; a spectatcular sleight of hand--two heists, one real, one not, but which is which? Under the watchful eye of Roger, a policeman who would as soon save his longtime opponent as arrest him, Montagnet assembles a team that consists of partners Paulo and Raoul, technical mastermind Vladimer, former-drug-dealer-turned-informant Said, Anne, a young Eastern girl Montagnet rescued from prostitution, and the perfect complement to a double theft--identical twins Albert and Bertram.
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Neil Jordan
Production: Fox Searchlight Pictures
  1 win & 1 nomination.
 
IMDB:
6.6
Metacritic:
68
Rotten Tomatoes:
77%
R
Year:
2002
109 min
$3,416,785
Website
11 Views

What's up

- I come to sit in.

You gonna help me

with my losing streak?

- It's not possible, Bob.

- Maybe not, but you could

give me the illusion.

The illusion.

I've got plenty of that.

So how much does

illusion cost?

- The usual.

- Got a prime here, Said. Should I stick with it?

- What's a prime?

- Special number. Divisible by itself and one.

- You're a mathematician, Bob?

- Yeah. Chaos theory.

- How much? I don't know.

- Two hundred?

- Want to gamble?

- You'd only lose.

- You spyin' on me, kid?

- No.

- I work here.

- Since when?

- Since last week.

- You're too young to work here.

- That's not what Remi says.

- Oh, I'm sure it's not.

Besides, you're too old

to do that.

You're right.

We're both lost souls.

- What age are you, kid?

- Seventeen.

Seventeen?

Well, what do you know? A prime.

What's a prime?

Special number, divisible

by one and itself.

Strange thing about primes is,

the further you get from ze--

- Hey, kid. Hey. Hey.

- Hmm?

Will you shut that door

for me, please?

- Lesson over?

- For now.

He said he's taking you with him.

If he lets you book him...

they'll deport him

to Algeria.

And he'd last two days.

He might as well die here as there.

He's gonna count to three.

If they don't drop those guns...

- he's gonna blow your head off.

He said,

"One. Two. Three.!"

You know, I swore

I'd never share a needle.

- Why'd you do it?

- I thought you'd put a word in for him.

- Keep him in France. What would he get?

- Possession with intent.

- Five years.

- And for murdering a police officer?

- Throw away the key.

- There you go. That's why.

- You didn't do it for me, then, huh?

- You? F*ck you.

You're my worst nightmare. My bad angel.

How many times have you booked me?

I forget. But once more

and they throw away your key.

- Don't let it happen.

- Thanks for the lesson, schoolteacher.

I'm clean.

You try a new scam, Bob, it won't be me.

The whole system will flatten you.

I've retired. I'm a junkie gambler now.

A big loser. That's all.

- Name the best thief that ever lived.

- Bob?

No. Pablo Picasso.

The cat stole from everybody: Rubens,

Delacroix, Czanne, Van Gogh, Matisse.

- Never got caught. I met him once.

- I'm impressed.

A bullfight.

I bet on the bull, he bet on the matador.

The matador got 26 stitches.

I got a painting.

- Still have it.

- Then you're flush!

No, no, no. I'm broke.

That never sells.

"Portrait of Jacqueline."

Looked like her.

Just in from Moscow, huh?

Why don't you arrest her now?

Get it over with.

- Get what over with?

- The whole dreary cycle.

She'll work the streets.

For her troubles, she'll end up in the river

with a needle in her arm.

- Go on, be a good cop.

- All I see is a girl on a motorbike.

Frisk them.

You'll find a passport.

- There's a thing called the law.

I don't see it being broken.

- Use your imagination.

You're looking for

a replacement for Lydia?

- Stick to your cards, Bob.

- Who's Lydia?

Lydia's in the hospital.

She's been there quite a while.

- I said, stick to your game, okay?

- Yes, my game.

Problem with my game is

luck can fall both ways.

Whereas, with your game,

luck doesn't enter into it.

What's his game,

Monsieur Bob?

It's as old as mine,

but he plays with girls from the sticks...

and the odds are

all his his favor.

- I haven't had a hand like that since...

- What? Since when?

- You f*cking loser.

- Bosnia.

- I don't need a guardian.

- No?

- Maybe you do.

So, is that

just bad makeup?

Oh, you got a thing

about eyes.

Only when they're lucky.

So you protect the honor

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Auguste Le Breton

Auguste Le Breton (born Auguste Monfort 18 February 1913 – 31 May 1999) was a French novelist who wrote primarily about the criminal underworld. His novels were adapted into several notable films of the 1950s, such as Rififi, Razzia sur la chnouf, Le rouge est mis and Le clan des siciliens. He wrote the dialogue for the noir film Bob le flambeur. more…

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