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Robert Altman finds a sure, soft tone in this movie, from 1974, and he never loses it.
In many ways, Thieves Like Us is Altman's best work yet, his most stringent and evocative.
At times unbearably objective.
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.
Never portentous, never a mere spoof, this is a touching, intelligent, and -- in its own small way -- rather wonderful movie.
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.
Ray's They Live by Night runs on fatalistic romanticism, Robert Altman's version is less noir fever than wry, drifting reverie
A 1930s crime story with humor and humanity.
A sleepy film about a motley collection of dim, but well-meaning failures. A perfect Altman film, in other words.
Great Altman film with strong work by Carradine and Duvall.
a daffy mix of purposefully bad jokes and often aimless ponderings
Captivating remake of Nicholas Ray's They Live By Night.
A minor work for Altman but still another exceptional film in his genre experimentation period.
Altman does Bonnie & Clyde.
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
[font=Century Gothic]Robert Altman's problematic approach is again on full display in "Thieves Like Us" which is about three escaped convicts in 1937 Mississippi.(Well, escape is too strong a word. Strolling is more like it.) Of the three, T-Dub(Bert Remsen) and Chicamaw(John Schuck) are bankrobbers while the youngest, Bowie(Keith Carradine), was in jail for murder but has dreams of playing professional baseball. He also takes a liking to Keechie(Shelley Duvall) at a hideout while the three plan robberies.[/font]
[font=Century Gothic]"Thieves Like Us" is an exquisitely staged(the radio broadcasts are a nice touch) and very well acted movie but it does ramble on a bit. Plus, it is good that these bank robbers are not glamorized nor romanticized but considering they are working in the Deep South of the Great Depression, it is sad that politics never enter the equation.(There is a casual mention of a lynching on the radio.) And Altman's emotionally remote style does not make it easy to relate to the characters.[/font]
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