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Thieves Like Us

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Time Out says

Perhaps Altman's most persistently charming film, a remake of Nicholas Ray's They Live By Night (or rather, second adaptation of Edward Anderson's novel), in which a trio of semi-competent bank robbers attempt to emulate the big-time gangsters publicised by the media, comics, and radio serials, and finally get their come-uppance after a brief respite from prison and poverty. Altman adheres to Ray's conception of the youngest criminal (Carradine) and his plain-Jane lover (Duvall) as innocents all at sea in an uncaring world, although the tone here is one of bitter-sweet irony rather than romantic pessimism. And while casting a critical eye on Depression America, with a New Deal being promised that would keep democracy safe, there is none of the cynicism that has occasionally flawed some of Altman's fascinating genre parodies/tributes. Never portentous, never a mere spoof, this is a touching, intelligent, and - in its own small way - rather wonderful movie.
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Release Details

  • Duration:123 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Robert Altman
  • Screenwriter:Calder Willingham, Joan Tewkesbury, Robert Altman
  • Cast:
    • Keith Carradine
    • Shelley Duvall
    • John Schuck
    • Bert Remsen
    • Louise Fletcher
    • Ann Latham
    • Tom Skerritt
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