Writer and Director Bob Rafelson has stated that this is the final part of an informal trilogy he started with Five Easy Pieces (1970) and continued with The King of Marvin Gardens (1972). In the three, Nicholson has now played son, brother, and father. In this one, Nicholson is a wealthy wine dealer who has distanced himself from his wife with his philandering, and from his son with his negligence. After he steals a diamond necklace with the help of a safecracker partner, Victor, things start coming apart. His wife sets out to interrupt what she thinks is another one of his weekend dalliances, but is really his trip to pawn the jewels.Written by
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This movie tries to be a modern day film noir and just quite doesn't work. This was directed by Bob Rafelson, who also directed Nicholson in his first great starring role in Five Easy Pieces. This movie has a great cast that has Nicholson, Michael Caine, Judy Davis, Jennifer Lopez and Stephen Dorff. Nicholson owns a wine cellar but is having some money troubles and hatches a plan with Michael Caine to steal a million dollar necklace while some rich clients are on vacation. Lopez plays their maid who is going to help them but is fired right before the robbery and can't help them. Once they actually steal the necklace, everything starts to go wrong and everybody turns on everyone. This movie just doesn't work as a film noir and is just a major disappointment
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