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The good thief

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He doesn't want money. He wants what money can buy.

Bob Montagnet (Nick Nolte) is an American gambler and thief, who has ended up in the south of France, out of luck and out of money. But he is also a heroin addict, his habit fed by Saïd (Ouassini Embarek), a young Algerian. As the film opens, Bob is gambling in an illegal joint run by Remi (Marc Lavoine), a local pimp. He is losing, as he has been for months. In his heroin-induced haze, he meets Anne (Nutsa Kukhianidze), a young Eastern European girl 'trapped' by Remi. Bob is taken by her beauty, and in particular her lucky eyes.

When the place is raided by the police, Bob saves the life of Roger (Tchéky Karyo), the detective. We soon realise the two men are oddly united by a special bond stretching back years. Bob saves Anne from Remi's clutches and leaves her in his young friend Paulo's (Saïd Taghmaoui) safe hands. When Bob hits rock bottom after losing the last of his cash at the races, his other henchman Raoul (Gérard Darmon) suggests he join them in their plans for one last, spectacular heist in Monte Carlo. After shaking off his junkie habit, Bob reforms the old gang. With the help of security genius Vladimir (Emir Kustarica), they plan to rob not the safe of the Riviera Casino, but the vault, which contains priceless works of art.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film crime gambler thief money addict drug France

Persons of interest

  • Nick Nolte .... Bob Montagnet
  • Tchéky Karyo .... Roger
  • Saïd Taghmaoui .... Paulo
  • Gérard Darmon .... Raoul
  • Emir Kusturica .... Vladimir
  • Marc Lavoine .... Remi
  • Mark Polish .... Albert
  • Michael Polish .... Bertram
  • Nino Kukhanidze .... Anne
  • Ralph Fiennes .... Tony Angel
  • Ouassini Embarek .... Saïd
  • James Quattrochi .... Jamie
  • Neil Jordan .... Screenwriter
  • Neil Jordan .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report


Security censorship classification

MA 15+ (Drug use)

Surveillance time

111 minutes (1:51 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 17 July 2003

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