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Thieves Like Us [VHS]
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Just twenty-five years after Ray's brilliant triumph Altman scored big with his sequel, which he called "Thieves Like Us," which was the name of the Edward Anderson Depression novel from which the films were adapted. While the earlier drama emphasized the wide open spaces of Oklahoma and the dark, moody noir photography in which Nicholas Ray specialized, Altman put his own stamp on the sequel, moving the action from the aforementioned Southwestern state to the Southeast and rural Mississippi.
Whereas Ray emphasized mood and photography to a greater extent, Altman focused on the social climate of the Depression days in Mississippi. Keith Carradine, the sympathetic figure of the film's bank robbers, as was Farley Granger in the original, tells Shelley Duval, the slender young woman who falls in love with him, that yes, he had killed a man earlier and was sent to prison for doing so, but explains the circumstances.
"He had a gun and it was either him or me," Carradine explains. The statement summarizes the dire circumstances of the Depression in backwoods Mississippi, where survival was the paramount factor. Carradine, who played on the prison baseball team, is saddened that he will never have a chance to test his talents in the professional market. Duval holds out hope that perhaps he can, but he knows better. Carradine realizes he is a pawn of fate, having broken out with two seasoned professional criminals, opposites played by John Shuck and Bert Remsen.Read more ›
The three thieves are just ordinary guys (no Clyde Barrow among them). In fact they are each almost painfully plain and they all seem to know it and this is part of their rebellion against not just authority but against life itself.Read more ›
Remsen, Carradine and Schuck play bank robbers in this movie, but Altman takes pains not to portray them as monsters, with the possible exception of Schuck's character. Bowie is parlayed by Carradine as a sensitive, good-humored, "aw shucks" type who woos the rail-thin, down-home Keechie all through the movie. Remsen's character, "T-Dub", is portrayed as a bit of a randy old man, but essentially good natured. It is only Schuck's character that gets the standard "criminal [...]" treatment in the film, as a drunken, abusive and violent type. The upshot of this all is, BOWIE is the one who's a convicted murderer, but in the film, he's as gentle as a lamb with Keechie and the children he comes in contact with, all related to "T-Dub" and Louise Fletcher in one way or another.
Duvall's Keechie is her best role to date! Nobody can wield a rocking chair like her! Keechie falls for Bowie, (in fact, Carradine's Bowie is an awful lot like his character in "Trouble in Mind", a thief who wants to keep his family out of it,) and loses it when the inevitable happens at the end.
This was the kind of film Hollywood did beautifully in the 70s...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you already have the studio issued DVD of this great movie, do not "upgrade" to the BluRay like I did. Read morePublished 2 months ago by BFang
Good movie - not great, but good. I'm a fan of Altman, so I had to get it, and I wasn't disappointed. Shelley Duvall does a lot with what she's given to work with.Published 14 months ago by BMoore
If your expecting Bonnie and Clyde forget it. This was fairly mundane and characters uninteresting. I really wanted to like this film because I normally like Robt. Read morePublished 15 months ago by RJ
Indispensable 70s Altman work, this time deconstructing the gangster genre. Minimizing the importance of plot and emphasizing character and setting instead, Altman gets fantastic... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Metatron
I work for a lady who plays a character in this movie. I bought it for her and we loved watching it together.Published 23 months ago by Judith D Runyon
If there's any such thing as a "typical" Altman film from a certain period, this would be it. I watched this back to back with "McCabe & Mrs. Read morePublished on July 11, 2014 by Berigan Taylor
Excellent transaction. Excellent condition. Perfect all around. A great item at a fantastic price. Words cannot describe my experience on Amazon as of late. Read morePublished on June 5, 2014 by Loralie Wilson
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