The Best Thief in the World

The Best Thief in the World


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The Best Thief in the World

For his first filmmaking effort without brother Josh Kornbluth by his side, Jacob Kornbluth followed up the duo's Haiku Tunnel by writing and directing this offbeat drama about a family struggling to cope with unexpected strife and the pitfalls of adolescence. The Best Thief in the World stars Mary-Louise Parker (Boys on the Side, Angels in America) as the family matriarch, a public-school English teacher whose husband has recently suffered a stroke, leaving her the household's lone breadwinner. Meanwhile, her oldest son Izzy is rebelliously acting out in response to the tumult at home and his own growing pains by breaking into apartments and rearranging the furniture. The Best Thief in the World screened in competition at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/28/2005
UPC: 0758445115222
Original Release: 2004
Rating: R
Source: Showtime Ent.
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:33:00
Sales rank: 85,029

Special Features

Closed Caption; Photo gallery; Filmographies; Previews

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mary-Louise Parker Sue
Michael Silverman Izzy
David Warshofsky Paul
Audra McDonald Ruth
Lois Smith Helen
Margo Martindale Ms. Mason
Jelani Jeffries Robbie

Technical Credits
Jacob Kornbluth Director,Screenwriter
Mary Clay Boland Casting
Katharine Effmann Casting
Katharina Eggman Casting
Paul Epstein Asst. Director
Anthony Gasparro Production Designer
Howard Gertler Co-producer
Michael Hill Musical Direction/Supervision
Scott Koenig Co-producer
William Kozy Sound/Sound Designer
Ben Kutchins Cinematographer
Donald Newkirk Score Composer
Jerry Offsay Executive Producer
Prince Paul Score Composer
Prince Paul Score Composer
Tim Perell Producer
Chuck Renaud Art Director
Stephanie Sterner Editor
Nicola Usborne Producer
Amy Westcott Associate Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Close Call [10:46]
2. Welcome Home [11:02]
3. Bathing Dad [15:48]
4. Daredevils [7:16]
5. Busted [11:51]
6. Izzy's Had Enough [16:51]
7. I'm the Man [9:07]
8. End Credits [5:58]

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The Best Thief in the World 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dealing with incredibly complex and intricate emotional terrain and showcasing subtle performances that are as truthful as they come, this film is completely obsorbing and challenging. Just what indie films should be and seldom are. Izzy, the 11yr old protagonist, breaks in to people's apartments in his neighborhood to... hide? destroy? Play? I'm not sure he knows, but the film's treatment of how an imaginative kid can be as destructive to his disfunctional family as his family can be to him is beautiful. There are no cookie cutter answers, but you do see some of the enormous complexity of how people in a family affect eachother. Mary Louise Parker is amazing as his explative spewing mom, as loving and messed up as any 'real' mom I've ever seen. Simply a masterpiece of indie filmmaking.