Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers

2013

Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers

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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 casefile remains open, but this considered investigation matches the Panthers' bravura with an organisational flair of its own.

    Sep 26, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

    Guardian
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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.

    Aug 22, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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."

    Aug 22, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Havana Marking's imaginatively made documentary is a gripping portrait of a daring international jewel-theft ring.

    Aug 1, 2013 | Full Review…

    Scott Foundas

    Variety
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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.

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

    Jul 31, 2013 | Full Review…

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