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Thieves Like Us (1974)

When two men break out of prison, they join up with another and restart their criminal ways, robbing banks across the South.

Director:

Robert Altman

Writers:

Calder Willingham (screenplay), Joan Tewkesbury (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keith Carradine ... Bowie
Shelley Duvall ... Keechie
John Schuck ... Chicamaw
Bert Remsen ... T-Dub
Louise Fletcher ... Mattie
Ann Latham ... Lula
Tom Skerritt ... Dee Mobley
Al Scott Al Scott ... Capt. Stammers
John Roper ... Jasbo
Mary Waits Mary Waits ... Noel Joy
Rodney Lee Rodney Lee ... James Mattingly (as Rodney Lee Jr.)
Arch Hall Sr. Arch Hall Sr. ... Alvin (as William Watters)
Joan Tewkesbury Joan Tewkesbury ... Lady in Train Station (as Joan Maguire)
Eleanor Matthews Eleanor Matthews ... Mrs. Stammers
Pam Warner Pam Warner ... Woman in Accident
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Storyline

Two convicts break out of Mississippi State Penitentiary in 1936 to join a third on a long spree of bank robbing, their special talent and claim to fame. The youngest of the three falls in love along the way with a girl met at their hideout, the older man is a happy professional criminal with a romance of his own, the third is a fast lover and hard drinker fond of his work. The young lovers begin to move out of the sphere in which they have met, a last robbery in Yazoo City goes badly and puts paid to the gang once and for all as a profitable venture, but isn't the end of the story quite yet, as all three are wanted and notorious men with altogether different points of view on the situation they are faced with. Written by Anonymous

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 June 1974 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Thieves Like Us See more »

Filming Locations:

Canton, Mississippi, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,125,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Debut produced work as a writer for a filmed production for Joan Tewkesbury. See more »

Goofs

On the night before the law officers come to the Grapes Motor Hotel, a thunderstorm occurs. Keechie has a conversation with Mattie out in the motor hotel's courtyard, with both of them covering their heads from the rain. The next morning, when Keechie leaves her cabin and walks to the motel's office, the ground in the courtyard is dry. But when the law officers arrive a few minutes later, the ground in the courtyard is suddenly muddy and filled with puddles. See more »

Quotes

Bowie: I come from the Ozarks. All we grow there is rocks and tomatoes.
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References MASH (1970) See more »

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Baby Take a Bow
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Written by Lew Brown and Jay Gorney
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Altman's unique, humanist approach to gangsters in the 30s
14 August 2010 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

A gentle, slow, and moving study of some none-too-bright bank robbers in the 1930s. Keith Carradine and Shelly Duvall are terrific, and their scenes together are alive and wonderful. Some of the surrounding acting and story lines are good, but not nearly as strong as the film's center. Beautiful production design, and a feeling, as with 'McCabe and Mrs. Miller', of both tremendous reality, of 'being there', while still somehow feeling Brechtian and ironic at the same time. There are moments where the radio music in the background -- used in place of score - is a bit on the nose, and a few moments feel forced or slow. But this is a unique, odd and special movie, examining thieves in the depression without any hint of glamorization on one hand, or forced empathy on the other, while still breaking our hearts.


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