Nick Nolte is tailor-made to play a rumpled mess of a thief – a heroin-addicted king of the French Riviera’s criminal demimonde – who’s lured from retirement for one last job. The Good Thief director Neil Jordan creates a flashy but not-quite-there update of the 1955 gem ”Bob le Flambeur” with a passel of likable characters, including a saucy 17-year-old prostitute-in-training (Nutsa Kukhianidze), devoted to their unreconstructed leader. The heist itself is almost beside the point – which is a good thing, considering its logistics are near impossible to follow. EXTRAS A making-of featurette is no more than a long trailer, but Jordan’s commentary is thoughtful, and deleted scenes involving heroin use are chilling.
(The Good Thief: David Appleby)
Genre: Mystery and Thriller, Comedy; Starring: Nick Nolte, Ralph Fiennes, Emir Kusturica, Mark Polish, Michael Polish, Said Taghmaoui, Tcheky Karyo; Director: Neil Jordan; Author: Neil Jordan; Producer (person): John Wells; Runtime (in minutes): 109; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Posted August 26 2003 — 12:00 AM EDT
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