Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers (2013)



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Their crimes resemble high-octane Hollywood action movies: a sports car speeds through a Dubai shopping mall, crashing into the windows of a Graff jewelry store. Masked, gun-wielding men jump out of the car and stuff fistfuls of diamonds into their satchels before screeching off. In London, they took all of three minutes to make off with $30 million in diamonds. Dubbed the Pink Panthers, they're captured - on surveillance tapes that record their astonishing lightning strikes with hypnotic accuracy. A 2010 New Yorker article by David Samuels described them as "a spectacularly inventive and elusive gang of jewel thieves... who've robbed 152 jewelry stores" in Europe, Asia and the Mid-East, of diamonds worth a quarter-billion dollars, since 2002. They're believed to be a loose confederation of 20-30 men (and women), many from Serbia and Montenegro, who "grew up in an atmosphere of wholesale corruption" after the break-up of the former Yugoslavia. Some are in jail. Others agree to be interviewed by Havana Marking so long as their identities are kept secret - which Marking handles cleverly by creating animated versions of the live action interviews. Today... they continue to smash and grab. (c) Film Forum
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[The] excursions into moral and sociological themes are what makes "Smash and Grab" so intriguing, and what separate it from a kind of "Ocean's Eleven"-style verite.

Full Review… | August 22, 2013
Washington Post
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The world's most successful ring of diamond thieves is inventively and insightfully explored in the documentary "Smash and Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers."

Full Review… | August 21, 2013
Los Angeles Times
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Havana Marking's imaginatively made documentary is a gripping portrait of a daring international jewel-theft ring.

Full Review… | August 1, 2013
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The doc breezily sketches out the process of casing, smashing, grabbing, escaping, and fencing, not in as much detail as David Samuels's stellar New Yorker piece on the Panthers a couple years back, but with some added pathos.

Full Review… | August 1, 2013
Village Voice
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Using real-life surveillance footage and interviews with several of the gang's members themselves, this eerily timely true-crime documentary fascinates.

Full Review… | July 31, 2013
Hollywood Reporter
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The most interesting aspect of "Smash and Grab" is that the thieves, while not exactly repentant, are depicted as fallible and human.

Full Review… | July 31, 2013
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8/18/16 Part crime story, part travelogue, part history lesson this story touches many aspects of the origin and current activities of the Pink Panthers. A little disjointed and not all that detailed it is still an interesting story of this notorious group.

Nick Ueber
Nick Ueber

All of the robbery footage in this film is real and done by the criminal group this doc is based on, but for me there wasn't enough of it to sustain the movie. Instead the first half of the film is more of a lesson about the tumultuous history of yugoslavia which i enjoyed but it wasn't what i wanted. Still pretty good and some cool insight but it left me unfulfilled.

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