Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers 2013 NR CC

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Playing out like a heist thriller spiced with cutting-edge animation and jaw-dropping real-life surveillance footage, Havana Marking's Smash & Grab is an exclusive all-access pass into the world of the infamous gang of international jewel thieves known as the 'The Pink Panthers.

Starring:
Tomislav Tom Benzon, Daniel Vivian
Runtime:
1 hour, 34 minutes

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Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers

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Genres Thriller, Documentary
Director Havana Marking
Starring Tomislav Tom Benzon, Daniel Vivian
Supporting actors Rob Kennedy, Tomislav Benzon
Studio musicbox
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 28, 2013
Format: DVD
"We understood in this time that they were able to do things incredible that nobody had done before" - Captain Herve Conan.

And all the elements are in place for a well-paced, intriguing documentary on the highly structured and effective international diamond heist criminal organization known as the Pink Panthers.

The filmmakers strike a clean balance of perspective, allowing all the interviewees an equal voice. We are offered the perspective of the criminals (the main driving story being that of Pink Panther member "Mike"), the inspectors, and that of a reporter who gained the trust of a few Pink Panthers members who granted her interviews.

The filmmakers could have covered each and every bank robbery through captured news and video footage, traveling down the path of a route bank heist documentary, but this one-dimensional path would have grown tiresome quite quickly. Instead, we are offered animated sequences of the Panther's personal stories to progress the narrative. For some, these animated sequences may be a distraction from the live action of the documentary, but given the mystery and secrecy of the Pink Panther's organization, this degree of artistic liberty is both a welcome and necessary technique. After all, even those who allowed themselves to be interviewed will only divulge so much of their history, and it is this animation that allows for a more illustrated conveyance of the Pink Panthers' stories.

Equally interesting and fascinating is the role of the women in the Pink Panthers, as they are established as the most important part of the organization. "They have the leading roles" and "have to do the main job". From the perspective of a former Pink Panther, Leila, this comes at no small cost...emotionally, physically and mentally.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By QDogg on December 20, 2013
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I was really excited to see this movie. I'm a big fan on heist movies (Snatch, The Score, Oceans, Lock Stock, etc) so seeing the preview of this movie, I was pretty excited. They did get into some of the heists they did and how they performed some of them, but it showed a lot about Yugoslavia and why/how the thieves got their namesake. I learned a lot of stuff about Yugoslavia, but for this kind of movie, it wasn't what I was looking for. I wish they had focused more on the Panthers. I imagine it would be difficult though, since they only had access to 1 - 2 Panthers, so there's only so much you can get from them. In the end, unfortunately, I would not recommend this to someone who's a fan a heist films like myself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on November 16, 2013
Format: DVD
The story is told as a documentary. It includes interviews with the police detectives, a reporter, and two members of the gang represented in animated form. The documentary uses actual file footage from the robberies which are said to be over a 100 valued at $300 million dollars. The robberies took place in Europe, Arabia, and Japan. The crimes in Spain and Dubai are detailed. Jewel thieves like Nissan and Audi S8.

Much of the documentary is a history lesson of Yugoslavia starting with Tito in 1945. The criminals were from Yugoslavia and returned there to avoid prosecution. They used a pretty girl to case the shop before they did their smash and grab robbery. They had it down to a science. 22 seconds in the store. Anything more than that and the risk of getting caught increases.

The documentary was interesting as I was unaware of the police/media named "Pink Panther" group. I could have done without the long version history lesson of Yugoslavia. No Henry Mancini.

Parental Guidance: 1 F-bomb. Brief nudity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karl E. Weaver on August 16, 2014
Format: DVD
Whoever heard of “Doppelganger Releasing”? Sounds like a bad English translation of a German company name. Anyhow the BBC was also involved, the copyright is 2013, but the events documented here occurred decades ago.
All this stuff is true. The gang stole an estimated $300 million worth of jewels from high-end jewelry stores on at least two continents. They had it down to an art form: no more than 22 seconds from entry to exit from the store.
We learn that many but not all of the gang members were eventually captured. The filmmaker succeeds (presumably at some personal risk) in locating and interviewing two of them still at liberty, and what they say is sociologically interesting. This gang arose out of the disintegration and civil war in what had been Yugoslavia, after the death of Tito. As in Russia, when the regime toppled the country also fragmented, and for a period of time the police, military, government officials and criminals all found it mutually profitable to steal from other countries—which is how some gang members never were arrested. “Mike” explains, intellectually but with no remorse, how and why the gang came to be. His former girlfriend, who used to “case the joints” before a robbery, claims that for her it was never about the money as much as it was love for Mike. How she kept hoping after “just one more”, he would quit the life of crime and they could settle down happily and peacefully together. Eventually, she realized he wasn’t going to quit. How she left him, married, settled down, had children—yet still, somewhere in her heart, nothing since seems quite as real as the love she felt back then, for a person and a past that no longer exists… I give it, maybe A-. It’s like a microcosm for all of human life, from the very personal to the world at large.
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