Good Thief

The Good Thief

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Director: Neil Jordan

Cast: Neil Jordan, Nick Nolte, Nutsa Kukhianidze, Tchéky Karyo

     
 

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Neil Jordan's highly stylized thriller The Good Thief has so much going for it, including a fine DVD, that the film may just find an audience on home video, something it couldn't do in the theaters. A 1.85:1 anamorphic image is on one side of the disc, while the full-frame alternative is housed on the flip side. The transfer is stellar in every way. Chris…  See more details below

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Neil Jordan's highly stylized thriller The Good Thief has so much going for it, including a fine DVD, that the film may just find an audience on home video, something it couldn't do in the theaters. A 1.85:1 anamorphic image is on one side of the disc, while the full-frame alternative is housed on the flip side. The transfer is stellar in every way. Chris Menges, the veteran director of photography, did an amazing job lighting the film, and it's reproduced brilliantly on this disc. Colors are vibrant and somewhat over-saturated, creating a seedy world few ever see. The 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtrack is rather standard, without any significant use of the surrounds. Dialogue is difficult to understand at times, as all the actors (other than Nick Nolte, and he's his own story) are from Europe, but that is where subtitles come in handy. The extras are nothing more than ordinary. On the plus side is a exceptional scene-specific commentary from Jordan. He's in fine form as he covers everything from this remake to working with the actors. In addition, there is a mediocre six-minute studio piece about the film with some interviews and seven deleted scenes, also with optional commentary from Jordan. As is often becoming the case with Fox titles, some of the extras are on one side, while the rest are on the other -- an annoyance, as they all could easily fit on each side. Nevertheless, this is a small complaint for an otherwise well produced DVD.

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Neil Jordan's The Good Thief is less a remake of Jean-Pierre Melville's Bob le Flambeur than an extended riff on its premise. It's a film rich in atmosphere and texture, with Jordan's camera constantly prowling the seedy underbelly of Nice where a rogues' gallery of underworld characters from places as far flung as Morocco, Russia, and America all congregate. Unlike the dapper hero of Melville's film, Nick Nolte's Bob, with his gravelly voice and sagging, wrinkled features, is an elegantly wasted scoundrel, albeit one imbued with a strong sense of discipline and honor. His affection for Anne (Nutsa Kukhianidze, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Isabelle Corey from Melville's film) is more protective than carnal, and when he decides to go for the big score in Monte Carlo, he quits drinking and handcuffs himself to his bed to kick his heroin habit. The heist itself is more elaborate than the one in the original, employing loads of high-tech gadgetry and a host of shady characters, all of whom seem to have a reason for betraying the others. Jordan also alters the ending, giving an unexpected twist to Bob's personal journey.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/19/2003
UPC:
0024543085409
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:49:00

Special Features

Full-length audio commentary by director Neil Jordan; Deleted scenes with optional director's commentary; Making-of featurette

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nick Nolte Bob
Nutsa Kukhianidze Anne
Tchéky Karyo Roger
Saïd Taghmaoui Paulo
Gérard Darmon Actor
Ralph Fiennes Art Dealer (uncredited)
Marc Lavoine Remy
Emir Kusturica Vladimir
Jason Flemyng Actor
Ouassini Embarek Actor

Technical Credits
Neil Jordan Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Thierry de Navacelle Executive Producer
Susie Figgis Casting
Elliot Goldenthal Score Composer
Kristin Harms Executive Producer
Tony Lawson Editor
Seaton McLean Producer
Chris Menges Cinematographer
John Norster Costumes/Costume Designer
Anthony Pratt Production Designer
Penny Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
Deborah Saban Asst. Director
Tracey Seaward Co-producer
Jenny Shircore Makeup
David A. Stephenson Sound/Sound Designer
John Wells Producer
Stephen Woolley Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- The Good Thief [FS]
1. Main Title [2:13]
2. Lost Souls [2:08]
3. Good Cop [1:36]
4. Saving Anne [5:43]
5. Betting It All [2:13]
6. I'm In [:44]
7. Cleaning Up [4:38]
8. Bad Cop [4:40]
9. Game Plan [1:00]
10. The Real Thing [3:07]
11. The Picasso [6:35]
12. Rounding Up the Gang [2:15]
13. Off the Scent [:15]
14. An Eyeful [4:03]
15. How Many? [6:19]
16. Twelve Steps [1:34]
17. Underground Entree [3:56]
18. Spilling the Beans [6:20]
19. On the Lam [1:50]
20. A Rip [1:32]
21. Ready, Set... [2:56]
22. Arachnophobia [4:51]
23. A Big Gamble [1:40]
24. That's Life/End Credits [2:25]
Side #2 -- The Good Thief [WS]
1. Main Title [2:13]
2. Lost Souls [2:08]
3. Good Cop [1:36]
4. Saving Anne [5:43]
5. Betting It All [2:13]
6. I'm In [:44]
7. Cleaning Up [4:38]
8. Bad Cop [4:40]
9. Game Plan [1:00]
10. The Real Thing [3:07]
11. The Picasso [6:35]
12. Rounding Up the Gang [2:15]
13. Off the Scent [:15]
14. An Eyeful [4:03]
15. How Many? [6:19]
16. Twelve Steps [1:34]
17. Underground Entree [3:56]
18. Spilling the Beans [6:20]
19. On the Lam [1:50]
20. A Rip [1:32]
21. Ready, Set... [2:56]
22. Arachnophobia [4:51]
23. A Big Gamble [1:40]
24. That's Life/End Credits [2:25]

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The Good Thief 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
worth watching as a heist movie set on the French Riviera...but the real treat is the fabulous soundtrack.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw the original 1955 movie 'Bob Le Flambeur' and this remake is so much better. This Bob, the gambler, is a much more likeable character than the serious, distant Bob in the original. He cares about the people around him. Nick looks good with the darker hair and is very much in shape for the role. Much of the original script is intact--just updated to reflect the current French riviera scene. The scenery is so beautiful you just want to go there. And the soundtrack is truly beautiful and diverse with Bono (U2), a french version of 'Black is Black' and some middle eastern rap that is extraordinary. In this version, Bob who was once a notorious thief is now a junkie gambler. After hitting bottom by losing all his money at the horse races, his buddy talks him into a heist at the Casino Riviera in Monte Carlo. Bob decides he has no other choice but to kick his habit (and THAT is a scene to remember!)so he can come up with a plan. But what is the plan for the heist that they choose--the safe or the paintings? The rest of the cast are wonderful. Anne (Nutza) is great as the 17 year old from Bosnia that Bob rescues from a life of prostitution. He likes her but decides that he is too old for her and refuses to take advantage of her. She, of course, feels differently and tries to change his mind. He eventually rescues her and teaches how to gamble at the Casino. Boy do they look good in the final scenes when they dress up to go to the casino! Paulo, Angel and Phillipa aid Bob in the heist. Remy (the pimp) and Said (the drug dealer from Algiers) try to get Anne to tell them what Bob is up to so they can turn him in to Roger (the tireless police detective who actually likes Bob and is trying to stop him from committing the heist and thus avoid yet another stint in jail). But Bob outwits Roger at every turn. The ending in this updated movie is so much better than the original (where Bob ends up going to jail but with enough winnings to pay for a good lawyer). But I will not give any more away. It is the best that Nolte has done in a long time and well worth the watch.