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The Good Thief (2002)

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An aging gambler on a losing streak attempts to rob a casino in Monte Carlo. But someone's already tipped off the cops before he even makes a move.


Neil Jordan


Auguste Le Breton (screenplay "Bob le flambeur"), Jean-Pierre Melville (screenplay "Bob le flambeur") | 2 more credits »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Nutsa Kukhianidze Nutsa Kukhianidze ... Anne
Ouassini Embarek Ouassini Embarek ... Said
Tchéky Karyo ... Roger
Marc Lavoine ... Remi
Nick Nolte ... Bob Montagnet
Gérard Darmon ... Raoul
Saïd Taghmaoui ... Paulo
Patricia Kell Patricia Kell ... Yvonne
Julien Maurel Julien Maurel ... Philippe
Emir Kusturica ... Vladimir
Roland Munter Roland Munter ... Kozinski
Warren Zavatta Warren Zavatta ... Petit Louis
Théo Trifard Théo Trifard ... Bill
Sarah Bridges Sarah Bridges ... Philippa
Nicolas Dromard Nicolas Dromard ... Luigi


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. Written by Sujit R. Varma

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, sexuality, drug content and some violence | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Neil Jordan had originally intended to name the film "Double Down" but changed his mind when he learned that there were other films being released with the same and/or similar titled. See more »


A mic pack can be seen on Anne's backside when she and Bob are leaving Paulo's car near the end of the movie. See more »


[applying hair gel]
Paulo: Gel is essential when things get complicated.
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Crazy Credits

Fine Art Advisor--Ralph Fiennes See more »


Remake of Bob le Flambeur (1956) See more »


Written by Dan Duncan (as Duncan), Simon Vispi (as Vispi) and Beau Thomas (as Thomas)
Performed by Intense
Published by Good Looking Music Ltd. and Warner/Chappell Music Ltd.
Recording courtesy of Good Looking Records Ltd.
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Bob le Flambeur this is not!
10 May 2003 | by jotix100See all my reviews

I have seen every film directed by Neil Jordan. Being a big fan of his, I didn't want to miss this one. Well, it was the big disappointment of my life. This remake of Bob le Flambeur is horribly directed and acted. The last sequence is just about the best thing of this film, but as for the rest, it was just mediocre, at best.

The idea of putting together these many characters in the Riviera was probably a great thought, but then, the many actors of different nationalities and backgrounds prove to be a hindrance to the story. If one can get over the accent problem, then there is the sound track of this film, which was so hard to hear at all, at least in the theater where I saw it, that you have a double hurdle to get over.

Nick Nolte with his hair dyed a carrot hue looks hideous; he probably was going through a bad period when he made this movie. His take on Bob is fitting with the character's spiral descent into hell because of his drug problem, no doubt. But he is also hard to understand since he whispers and mumbles most of the time. A little more clarity would have helped.

The last moments of the film are very well executed, but as caper films go, this picture doesn't contribute anything to the genre.

Sorry Mr. Jordan, better luck next time out. Maybe leave remakes to mediocre directors. You could not improve in the original one, so why even bother?

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English | French | Arabic

Release Date:

25 April 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Honest Thief See more »

Filming Locations:

Hotel Regina, Nice, France See more »


Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$131,580, 6 April 2003

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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