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|Genre||Action & Adventure|
|Format||Multiple Formats, Color, Subtitled, Anamorphic, NTSC|
|Contributor||Tom Selleck, Bob Hoskins, Jane Seymour, Lauren Hutton|
|Runtime||1 hour and 40 minutes|
Tom Selleck stars as Nick Lassiter - a suave, debonair, man-about-town and thief. Whether he's charming high society at dinner or emptying their safes in the dead of night, Lassiter excels at what he does. On the eve of WWII Lassiter finds himself in London, where local authorities are well aware of his history as a notorious cat burglar. When word leaks out that a cache of uncut diamonds is to be smuggled through the German embassy, Lassiter is coerced by police and the FBI to perform one last heist on their behalf.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 2.72 Ounces
- Item model number : 4138
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, Subtitled, Anamorphic, NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 40 minutes
- Release date : April 24, 2012
- Actors : Tom Selleck, Jane Seymour, Lauren Hutton, Bob Hoskins
- Subtitles: : English
- Studio : Henstooth Video
- ASIN : B0077HQCYM
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #22,462 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
- #2,392 in Action & Adventure DVDs
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The movie is a heist film, set in London in 1939, just a few months before Germany invades Poland and World War II begins. Nick Lassiter is pretty well known in certain circles (local crooks and local police being that circle) as a cat burglar and a womanizing con man, one admired a bit perhaps, certainly respected by the local criminal peers of his, hated especially by a local police detective, one Inspector John Becker (played by Bob Hoskins of _Who Framed Roger Rabbit?_ fame) who knows Lassiter is a crook but hasn’t yet been able to put him away.
Lassiter (pretty much never called Nick in the film that I can remember) is approached by Inspector Becker and an FBI agent by the name of Peter Breeze (pretty much called Breeze in the film, played by Joe Regalbuto) to steal $10 million dollars in diamonds from the German embassy before in a few days it goes to South America to fund Nazi operations on that continent. Lassiter refuses at first but is pretty much made an offer he can’t refuse and well, schemes to steal the diamonds by casing the joint, getting a few accomplices to help him, and romancing a woman who likes to socialize but lives at the embassy, a German woman by the name of Kari Von Fursten (played by Lauren Hutton). This woman is dangerous, as in an early scene she is shown murdering a man, someone Breeze and Becker have on the inside, though she also appears to enjoy it.
That’s the movie pretty much, filled with meeting Lassiter’s many acquaintances, people who help him but sometimes also betray him, his evolving relationship with Breeze and with Becker, and the actual heist itself.
I didn’t mention Jane Seymour, playing Lassiter’s girlfriend, Sara Wells, as though she is in a number of scenes and is positively radiant (wow she is gorgeous), she really doesn’t figure a lot in the story except for one scene where she briefly helps Lassiter scout out the embassy prior to his thievery and at the end of the film where she has a prominent role. I read one review that said she was wasted and she kind of was. Her acting was more than fine, she looked like she belonged in the time period, very attractive, but she could have been given a lot more to do, having her and Lassiter’s relationship be explored more, have her more prominent in the actual heist. Lassiter at times almost came off as annoyed by her when she (rightfully) complained about getting a real life started, one away from him being a cat burglar and con man.
It was an ok film. There was some action but it was relatively low key, only one real extended fight scene and a few mildly interesting chase scenes. There were some nice double crosses but I think they were a little underwritten (or I didn’t like how much I the viewer was left in the dark about the details till it was over). The plot thread with Hutton’s character being dangerous was played up nicely at first but that storyline, sorry if this is a spoiler, was a huge let down at the end. The tone was mostly light during the film, maybe too light, but at times it was dark as well, not always blending nicely.
It was just an ok film, it didn’t feel as memorable or as iconic as other 1980s period piece actiony films like the Indiana Jones films or _The Untouchables_. No really great lines, no super memorable scenes, no brilliant acting performances. Nothing bad, I don’t regret watching it, it was a lot of fun to see Jane Seymour and Tom Selleck in their youthful prime, but unlike say _High Road to China_, I don’t imagine watching this one again.
The storyline might seem a little corny - blackmailing a known cat burglar to steal diamonds from a foreign embassy to disrupt Nazi operations in South America. But when you consider that during World War II British Intelligence actually dressed a dead body as a British officer and floated it onshore in Spain with phony letters suggesting the Allied invasion of southern Europe would be through Greece (instead of Sicily), and it worked . . . well, who knows. (It was known as operation Mincemeat.)
What I liked about this movie was the set designs. They were so 1930s! Set designers don't get the credit they should. I particularly like the scenes at the nightclubs and on the train. And they had the cars right, also. Good set designs add a lot to any movie.
The chemistry between Tom Selleck and Jane Seymour was good. And Bob Hoskins was great as the 'copper'. If there was a disappointment in the acting, it was Joe Regalbuto as the FBI agent. He came across as a wimp, and FBI agents just are not timid. But I would be remiss if I did not give credit to Lauren Hutton, who played a Nazi courier with a wild side.
So when you put the acting and set designs together with the plot, you come up with a movie that's pretty entertaining. Enjoy.
Over all it was a good movie. There is some pretty unexpected violence in it. Some nudity (Jane Seymour is full on naked in this movie). And there are some twists and turns that surprise the viewer. Pretty decent. Never heard of it before. And Tom Selleck was never one that I really cared to watch on screen let alone Jane Seymour or Lauren Hutton. I also am so sick and over the entire nazis obsession of Hollywood. So maybe that is why I have never heard of this. But it was decent. Without the violence and nudity you would have thought this was a TV movie, I think.