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The Good Thief [DVD]

Nick Nolte , Nutsa Kukhianidze , Neil Jordan    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Nick Nolte, Nutsa Kukhianidze, Tchéky Karyo, Said Taghmaoui, Gerard Darmon
  • Directors: Neil Jordan
  • Producers: Seaton McLean, John Wells, Stephen Woolley
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Oct 2003
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AZVEL
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,942 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



When Neil Jordan is really on his game, as he is with The Good Thief, his directorial skill is a marvel to behold. In the character-driven mode of Jordan's Mona Lisa and The Crying Game, this smooth, underrated caper provides an abundance of cinematic riches, not the least being Jordan's peerless knack for dialogue and a tailor-made role for Nick Nolte. For better or worse, Nolte's off-screen drug abuse served him well in portraying Bob Montagnet, ace thief, recovering heroin addict, and beloved denizen of the French Riviera, where his luck is about to take some very clever turns.

The elegant plot is yours to discover; in loosely remaking the French classic Bob le Flambeur, Jordan crafts what one reviewer aptly called "the underbelly of Ocean's Eleven", involving an impenetrable vault full of priceless art, a rescued Russian prostitute, an eccentric band of accomplices and high-stakes poker in Monte Carlo. Nolte is right at home in this rich-and-risky milieu and the combined talents of Jordan and ace cinematographer Chris Menges make The Good Thief a pleasure from start to finish. --Jeff Shannon

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Neil Jordan's heist movie (loosely based on Jean-Pierre Melville's 1955 film 'Bob le Flambeur') tells the tale of American ex-pat Bob Montagnet (Nick Nolte) - thief, gambler, and heroin addict - now living on the French Riviera, who seizes the chance to make a fortune and get out of his run of bad-luck. The heist: stealing several rare paintings from a casino in Monte Carlo. The problems: an over-zealous police-chief (Tcheky Karyo); a rogue's gallery of underworld characters; and a prostitute's (Nutsa Kukhianidze) man troubles. What could go wrong?

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Zip, Verve, Polish and Challenge 11 Sep 2003
Neil Jordan has done it again! THE GOOD THIEF is another one of those truly excellent films that for some reason didn't make it in the theaters. Perhaps it takes too much concentration from an audience ready for a blowup blaster heist of a story. That is here, but it it is delivered in so sophisticated a manner that the actual casino caper is secondary to the quality of the story, and characters who populate it. Set on the Riviera, Nick Nolte stars as a 'has been' con man who apparently decides to have one last fling - but to do so he has to shake his herion addiction and clean up his past a bit. This done, he encounters an assembled cast of characters that are each interesting and well acted, from a beautiful newcomer who plays the sole love interest to an arachnophobic body builder undergoing a sex change. The police are for once treated as interesting individuals instead of chumps, the plans for the heist are laid out in a spellbinding way, and the whole planned caper is photographed in stylish camerawork which includes mesmerizing freeze frames that keep you guessing and on the edge of your seat.
If you can figure out the ending before it happens then you will be among the few! Jordan paces this excellent film so well that it packs a wallop and all along the way he offers little asides that make you laugh and make you identify with the incredible assortment of people he has created and directed,
PS: Turn on the subtitles (English) before you start this film as there are so many varying accents in this melting pot on the Riviera that you may miss some great lines if you depend on your ears!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bob Le Flambeur 15 Jan 2009
Format:VHS Tape
I rented this movie 5 years ago, and i did not enjoy it. Having watched it again last year when i had the flu, i am glad i came down with flu !! After watching this little gem with said flu I realised i did not really appreciate it first time round.

It is a brilliant little heist movie with great cinematography by the famous Chris Menges, and a fine ost by Elliot Goldenthal (M.Mann's- Heat) - The director is using the same team as with 'Michael Collins'. However, the cast lets this movie down. Neil Jordan made a mistake by casting little known actors (apart from Nick Nolte and The English Patient's R.Fiennes); some of them struggle with the English language. Jordan shot this movie in the South of France. Had he located the movie to Las Vegas it would have been a hit. Based in France, with a cast of unkowns it never managed to make it into the Cinemas and went straight onto video. Shame.

The plot is far more intricate than the famous pretty-boy heist movie Oceans 11. This is director Neil Jordan at his great best.

PS. Be sure to switch the sub titles on. The "good thief" is, as Bob tells Roger, his antagonist the policeman, "the man hanging on the cross next to Jesus who repented just before his death."
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nick Nolte. 19 Jun 2013
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As a Nick Nolte Fan, I found this film enjoyable, being set in France was a refreshing change with so many films made only in Hollywood, the different back ground added to the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Film the Good Thief 3 Dec 2012
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top acting...
Recomend to people that like serious acting.
It would be nice with more films like this.

Thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Style and Story 16 May 2014
By mmoore
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Did not expect this to be as good as it was and Nick Nolte was perfect for it. Plot told with great Style. Will make you look for more films from Neil Jordan and Nick Nolte
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4.0 out of 5 stars For Neil Jordan fans 16 Mar 2014
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I liked this movie but it is so long I almost just watched half of it. The film is original in the way Neil Jordan's films are original and the music is interesting, Leonard Cohen, Johnny Halliday and U2. One of the heist team changes gender and develops a fear of spiders. I was disappointed with the ending. The good thief was the one who died on the cross with Jesus and also Picasso is referred to as a good thief "because he steals styles from other artists".
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3.0 out of 5 stars I lost the plot. 8 Jan 2014
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The story is about a heist of sorts. In truth the film did not stay in my mind longer than five minutes. I found the plot convoluted and rather slow witted without much joy or subtlety. Nick Nulty acts as Nick Nulty always does - as he is good value for money I give it 3 stars.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing re-make 24 May 2013
This is a largely disappointing re-make of a much better film. [ASIN:B000HEZ7JI Bob Le Flambeur [DVD]]] is a far superior film in almost every way -- better pace; better acting; better story (with a much superior ending) and, not least, much better sound-recording

I have to say that I found much of the photography in Jordan's version gimmicky and intrusive to the flow of the story. The desire for close group head-shots (presumably to emphasise conspiracy) is paricularly claustrophobic and contrived -- as are the juddering scene-completions. The characters lack the integrity and the sense of natural effortless style that characterised the original; instead Jordan's characters have to evidently work hard to establish some sense of personality. Even so several characters are mere ciphers (Philippe/Philippa for one) the "arachnophobic trans-sexual body-builder") and occupy positions of very little of value in the story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Bobby Montagnet: Drug Addict and Thief. Swell fella though and it's so...
The Good Thief is written and directed by Neil Jordan. A remake of French film Bob le flambeur, it stars Nick Nolte, Emir Kusturica, Nutsa Kukhianidze, Tcheky Karyo and Said... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Spike Owen
4.0 out of 5 stars Classy little Heist movie
While just falling short of a classic label The Good Thief is still a nice little film with Nolte on top form as the junkie gambler Bob. Read more
Published on 9 Sep 2011 by ekb
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
The ending is a bit of a let down and there could have been a better twist, so the films ends without a satisfying conclusion, very gritty a lot of hard drug use as well, but nick... Read more
Published on 22 Aug 2011 by Mr. N. P. Hayward
4.0 out of 5 stars Stylish.
Liked the way the movie is shot with good acting from Nick Nolte suffice to say if you like him you'll like this as he murmurs throughout the film in his own way,good music... Read more
Published on 12 July 2011 by the 12th man
3.0 out of 5 stars This Film Left Me with a Bad Taste
"The Good Thief," (2003), is acclaimed Irish director Neil Jordan's English-speaking remake of Jean-Pierre Melville's French crime drama classic,Bob Le Flambeur [DVD]. Read more
Published on 1 July 2011 by Stephanie De Pue
5.0 out of 5 stars Endlessly watchable Neil Jordan movie
I rented this movie 5 years ago, and i did not enjoy it. Having watched it again last year when i had the flu, i am glad i came down with flu !! Read more
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