Thieves Like Us


Robert Altman's '70s output has been so under-represented on Region Two DVD that every release of his older work is a treat - as with this remake of Nicholas Ray's They Live By Night. It's a long but light-footed lovers-in-crime flick, set during the Depression, in which Altman pairs an astute take on period and place with warmth towards his leads - Bob regulars Keith Carradine and Shelley Duvall. Carradine is one of three craggy crooks who, having busted out of jail, wants to go straight with his girl, Duvall. When he reverts to small-town bank-bothering, the bodies start piling up. What unfolds is more a keenly located character study than a crime flick, with Carradine and Duvall playing their relationship with ease and the background radio broadcasts counterpointing grim reality with media fantasy. Like a warmer Bonnie And Clyde or a less allegorical Badlands, Thieves feels raw and true. Now let's have Nashville on Region Two...

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: July 1st 2005

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