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[[caption-width-right:320:Bob and Anne.]]

->''"Nick Nolte was born to play Bob. It is one of those performances that flows unhindered from an actor's deepest instincts."''
--> '''Creator/RogerEbert''''s [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20030411/REVIEWS/304110304/1023 review]]

''The Good Thief'' is a film by Neil Jordan starring Nick Nolte and released in 2002. It is a [[TheRemake remake]] of a classic French FilmNoir, ''Bob le Flambeur'' by Jean-Pierre Melville.

Bob is an aging but LoveableRogue who lives on the French Riviera and shambles through life by indulging his twin addictions, gambling and heroin, with a little thievery on the side. His lifestyle has got him into plenty of trouble, but even the cop who keeps putting him behind bars can't help but like the guy.

One day he takes under his protection Anne, a young prostitute from Eastern Europe, who swiftly develops a crush on him. Having gambled away the last of his money, he accepts to do OneLastJob with a group of fellow thieves: stealing the priceless paintings held in the vault of a casino in Monaco, while pretending to be after the casino's money as a diversion.

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!Contains examples of:

* TheCameo: One of the thieves is played by filmmaker Emir Kusturica.
* CompletelyDifferentTitle: Not only is the remake's title completely different from that of the original, it has been translated in French as ''L'Homme de la Riviera''.
* GoingColdTurkey: Bob overcomes his heroin addiction by chaining himself to a bed and forcing himself into a withdrawal phase. Ironically, he remains addicted to tobacco.
* GuileHero: Bob is a cunning thief.
* LoonyFan: One of Bob's accomplices completely idolizes him and seeks to emulate him in every way, to an extent that Bob finds embarrassing. [[spoiler:His infatuation eventually causes him to kill a man he thought was double-crossing Bob.]]
* LoveableRogue: Bob. As the reviewer of the ''Austin Chronicle'' [[http://www.austinchronicle.com/gyrobase/Calendar/Film?Film=oid:155098 puts it]], "Bob could be called a lower-echelon crook, but that would be missing the point; he's a gentleman gambler, wastrel, and sage protector of fallen women."
* MayDecemberRomance: 17-year-old Anne falls in love with the middle-aged Bob.
* OneLastJob: The casino heist so Bob can provide better for Anne.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The thieves are a motley crew that includes a transsexual bodybuilder.
* TheRemake: The original dates from 1955.
* SexyBacklessOutfit: Anne's evening dress when she and Bob go to the casino.
%%* SingleMindedTwins
* TitleDrop: Bob explains to his policeman nemesis the Biblical story of the Good Thief while in a church.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Philippa, the aforementioned transsexual bodybuilder, is afraid of spiders.
* YouMustBeCold: While they are out at night, Bob puts his jacket on Anne's shoulders.

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