Thieves Like Us

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Thieves Like Us is one of the best and most elusive of Robert Altman's great films of the 1970's, but MGM and 20th Century Fox Home Video have teamed up to finally give the film the American DVD release it has long deserved. Thieves Like Us has been given a widescreen transfer to disc, letterboxed at the 1.85:1 aspect ratio on conventional televisions and enhanced for anamorphic play on 16x9 monitors. The hazy beauty and muted color schemes of Jean Bofferty's cinematography have been captured beautifully on this ...
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Thieves Like Us is one of the best and most elusive of Robert Altman's great films of the 1970's, but MGM and 20th Century Fox Home Video have teamed up to finally give the film the American DVD release it has long deserved. Thieves Like Us has been given a widescreen transfer to disc, letterboxed at the 1.85:1 aspect ratio on conventional televisions and enhanced for anamorphic play on 16x9 monitors. The hazy beauty and muted color schemes of Jean Bofferty's cinematography have been captured beautifully on this disc, and it's a pleasure to watch. The original English language audio has been mastered in two mixes, one monophonic and one stereo (both have been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo), while optional dubbed tracks in French and Spanish are in mono; the stereo mix flatters Altman's naturalistic sound mix best, but both have been transferred with care. The disc also includes optional subtitles in English and Spanish. As a bonus, this release also includes a commentary track by Robert Altman, apparently recorded in 1998 (judging from his comments, he was prepping Cookie's Fortune at the time), and while he doesn't strive to comment on every single detail on the movie, what he does say is usually interesting and enlightening. Thieves Like Us is a beautiful film ripe for rediscovery, and this release finally makes it available again in the United States in fine form; this is a must for fans of Altman's work or Seventies cinema in general.
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Special Features

Audio commentary by director Robert Altman
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mark Deming
Like the masterful McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971), Thieves Like Us finds Robert Altman taking a revisionist look at America's past; also like McCabe, it is rhythmically lyrical, visually beautiful (even when its surroundings fail to be "pretty"), and compassionate yet pitiless in its portrayal of misfits and losers on the wrong side of the law. Altman flawlessly evokes the languid pace and hazy, decaying beauty of the Deep South. While Thieves Like Us has more than a few parallels to Bonnie and Clyde and to Nicholas Ray's 1949 They Live By Night, based on the same novel, Altman finds a distinctive poetry and tragedy in the story, and its effects linger in the memory long after the film is over. In one of the least glamorous love stories in 1970s cinema, Keith Carradine and Shelley Duvall are ideal as Bowie and Keechie, and Altman makes several other inspired casting choices: John Schuck, often a comic-relief lummox, is electrifying as the violently short-tempered Chickamaw; Bert Remsen is right on target as the tragically short-sighted veteran criminal T-Dub, and future Oscar winner Louise Fletcher, in only her second film role, is superb as Mattie, both benefactor and nemesis to the thieves. Along with Nashville and McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Thieves Like Us ranks with the best of Altman's work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/17/2007
  • UPC: 027616073266
  • Original Release: 1974
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 2:03:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Keith Carradine Bowie
Shelley Duvall Keechie
John Schuck Chicamaw
Bert Remsen T-Dub
Louise Fletcher Mattie
Josephine Bennett
Walter Cooper
Lloyd Jones Sheriffs
Howard Warner Bank Hostages
Tom Skerritt Dee Mobley
Arch Hall Sr. Alvin
Ann Latham Lula
Rodney Lee Jr. James Mattingly
Suzanne Majure Coca-Cola Girl
Eleanor Matthews Mrs. Stammers
Nicholas Merriwether Alvin
John Roper Jasbo
Al Scott Capt. Stammers
Joan Tewkesbury Lady in Train Station
Mary Waits Noel
Pam Warner Woman in Accident
William Watters Alvin
Technical Credits
Robert Altman Director, Screenwriter
Jerry Bick Producer
Jean Boffety Cinematographer
Scott Bushnell Consultant/advisor
Jackson de Govia Consultant/advisor, Production Designer
George Litto Producer
Lou Lombardo Editor
Joan Tewkesbury Screenwriter
Calder Willingham Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Thieves Like Us
1. Out/Main Titles [8:56]
2. On the Run [5:42]
3. Hooking Back Up [4:04]
4. Trusting a Trustee [2:40]
5. Him or Me [3:15]
6. The 30th Bank [5:22]
7. Who's Your Fella? [2:58]
8. Holing Up [8:20]
9. Lying Low [7:40]
10. Taking a Breather [3:28]
11. The Accident [7:02]
12. Ministering Angel [:41]
13. Wherefore Art Thou? [4:40]
14. A Thousand Bushels [5:29]
15. Cabin At the Lake [:29]
16. Back Together [2:54]
17. One More Job [5:28]
18. Two Down [5:02]
19. Number Thirteen [3:50]
20. Parchman [6:49]
21. Just Luck [5:32]
22. Waiting For Bowie [:46]
23. End of the Road [4:59]
24. Anywhere/End Titles [5:15]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Thieves Like Us
   Play Movie
   Language Selection
      English Mono
      English Stereo
      French Mono
      Spanish Mono
      Commentary
      English
      Spanish
      None
   Scene Selection
   Special Feature
      Audio Commentary By Robert Altman On / Off
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