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Thick as Thieves (1999)

R | | Crime, Drama | 9 April 1999 (Italy)
On loan from Chicago mafia to Detroit underworld, a thief gets double-crossed by the Detroit boss, and, after barely escaping, vows to take revenge. Aided by two of his close friends, and, ... See full summary »

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Scott Sanders

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Patrick Quinn (novel), Scott Sanders (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Adair-Rios ... Waiter
Khandi Alexander ... Janet
Erich Anderson ... Tenesco
Cecil 'Shuckey Duckey' Armstrong Cecil 'Shuckey Duckey' Armstrong ... Butch
Tom Babuscio Tom Babuscio ... Ray (as Thomas Babuscio)
Alec Baldwin ... Mackin
Reginald Ballard ... Sugar Bear
Richard Beatty Richard Beatty ... Benny (as Rick Beatty)
Eric Bizot Eric Bizot ... Claude
Andre Braugher ... Dink
Lisette Bross ... Restaurant Patron
David Byrd David Byrd ... Capetti
Louis Crugnali ... Ricky
Sandra Cusimano Sandra Cusimano ... Maria
Michelle Davison Michelle Davison ... Mother
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Storyline

On loan from Chicago mafia to Detroit underworld, a thief gets double-crossed by the Detroit boss, and, after barely escaping, vows to take revenge. Aided by two of his close friends, and, pursued by a dogged detective, the thief proceeds to burn Detroit underworld to the ground.

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Taglines:

It's all about payback.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, violence and some drug use | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

9 April 1999 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Comme un voleur See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The final feature film of actor David Byrd. See more »

Goofs

Among "Thanks to" (corporate contributors) in end titles: "Calvin Kelin", an obvious typo for Calvin Klein. See more »

Quotes

Cop: Come on, we're headin' downtown.
Sugar Bear: Where your warrant at?
Cop: Behind that preposition.
Sugar Bear: What?
Cop: Didn't you go to school? You can't end a sentence with a preposition.
Sugar Bear: Oh. Then, uh, where your warrant at, motherfucker?
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Fugue
by The Swingle Single
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An ultra-cool jaunt through the criminal underworld.
30 December 2000 | by RambimboSee all my reviews

A crime lord decides to double-cross a professional thief that the higher-ups in his organization hired for a food stamp heist. Naturally, the professional thief evades the trap, but then decides to get even. As things escalate the cops become more and more interested. So do the chiefs of the organization, who realize that all this unwanted attention is bad for business, and finally find themselves having to arbitrate the situation.

This is a well made crime movie. The movie starts with a humorous scene featuring a cameo by Janeane Garofalo where she and Alec Baldwin deadpan some lies to each other. This scene doesn't lead to anywhere, but is very hip.

The movie goes pretty fast through its story with plenty of smart, breezy dialogue. As always, Alec Baldwin is good, but is outshown by Michael Jai White and Andre Braugher, who play the crime lord and his top lieutenant respectively. White plays a not so bright but vicious crime lord with upwardly mobile aspirations. Braugher hits just the right notes of dismayed resignation as he contemplates his boss' follies. Rebecca DeMornay also has a great character to play - a hard-boiled police detective who has seen it all but remains a half-step behind the action. There are lots of well-crafted minor characters as well. The sound track also deserves a special note (no pun intended).

It you've seen all the Tarantino and Tarantino-esque movies, and are looking for more, this movie would fit the bill.


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