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Nolte is Bob Montagnet, a former thief, currently a heroin addict who's experiencing a run of gambler's bad luck. After saving the life of policeman Roger, Tcheky Karyo, with whom he plays a friendly cat and mouse game, he goes to the rescue of a young prostitute Anne, Nutsa Kukhianidze, whom he takes under his wing. after the last throw of the dice, after all the money's gone Bob agrees to go back to his area of expertise. He, together with Raoul, Gerard Darmon, & Paulo, Said Taghmaoui devises a plan to rob a Monte Carlo casino of its artworks. They're aided by the man who designed the security system played by the Bosnian director Emir Kusturica. But at the heart of the film is Bob who manages to give up being a junkie to concentrate on the main game. This totally enjoyable film does perhaps take a few too many easy options to please an audience, but it's so nicely done, with Jordan directing a top cast - Nolte is simply splendid as the rugged anti-hero and young Nutsa Kukhianidze a dynamic new discovery - while creating a real sense of place and atmosphere. Chris Menges cinematography and a fabulous soundtrack just add to the pleasure. As does an appearance by Ralph Fiennes as an art dealer. The Good Thief is a romp that plays with ideas of real and fake. There are fake paintings, twins played by Mark and Mike Polish who stand in for one another. Bob tells varying stories about his background. Who is he exactly? And what is Jordan doing himself but a copy? But it's a playful, well-executed and very satisfying one. Comments by David StrattonNeil Jordan in top form with this intriguingly cast remake of Melville's Bob Le Flambeur. The Nice/Monte Carlo settings have a very authentic feel, Nick Nolte gives one of his finest performances, and the casting is strikingly good, with directors Emir Kusturica and the Polish Brothers especially fine. Above all this is a caper film that takes itself, and its audience, seriously.