Thieves Like Us (1974)



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Set during the 1930s, this film focuses on three escapees from a Midwestern prison camp who go on a crime spree throughout the South. The film is a remake of They Live By Night, yet it is distinguished by Robert Altman's's distinctive, detailed characterizations.
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Shelley Duvall
as Keechie
John Schuck
as Chicamaw
Bert Remsen
as T-Dub
Ann Latham
as Lula
Tom Skerritt
as Dee Mobley
Al Scott
as Capt. Stammers
John Roper
as Jasbo
Mary Waits
as Noel
Joan Tewkesbury
as Lady in Train Station
Edward Fisher
as Bank Hostage
Josephine Bennett
as Bank Hostage
Howard Warner
as Bank Hostage
Eleanor Matthews
as Mrs. Stammers
Rodney Lee Jr.
as James Mattingly
Pam Warner
as Woman in Accident
Suzanne Majure
as Coca-Cola Girl
Walter Cooper
as Sheriff
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Critic Reviews for Thieves Like Us

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (7)

Robert Altman finds a sure, soft tone in this movie, from 1974, and he never loses it.

Full Review… | December 7, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

In many ways, Thieves Like Us is Altman's best work yet, his most stringent and evocative.

Full Review… | May 23, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

At times unbearably objective.

Full Review… | May 23, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Thieves Like Us proves that when Robert Altman has a solid story and script, he can make an exceptional film, one mostly devoid of clutter, auterist mannerism, and other cinema chic.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Top Critic

Never portentous, never a mere spoof, this is a touching, intelligent, and -- in its own small way -- rather wonderful movie.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It is full of things to think about, that hang in the memory like the details of a banal crime story on page 32, which, though read quickly, won't go away. Somehow you know that this happened.

Full Review… | May 8, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Thieves Like Us

A minor work for Altman but still another exceptional film in his genre experimentation period.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

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Altman does Bonnie & Clyde.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer


altman's idiosyncratic update of nicholas ray's they live by night. carradine and duvall are sweet and gawky as the doomed lovers. great soundtrack of depression era radio shows really sets the mood. a somewhat forgotten altman but i think it's every bit as good as ray's film if not better. the source novel from 1937 was inspired by the real lives of bonnie and clyde. of course, being an altman film, it's more about the characters than the plot

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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