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Thick as Thieves (2009)

  • Rate: 5.9/10 total 15,105 votes 
  • Genre: Crime | Thriller
  • Release Date: 9 January 2009 (Taiwan)
  • Runtime: 104 min
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Thick as Thieves (2009)


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  • IMDb page: Thick as Thieves (2009)
  • Rate: 5.9/10 total 15,105 votes 
  • Genre: Crime | Thriller
  • Release Date: 9 January 2009 (Taiwan)
  • Runtime: 104 min
  • Filming Location: Brighton 4th Street, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
  • Budget: $25,000,000(estimated)
  • Director: Mimi Leder
  • Stars: Ivan Petrushinov, Victor Boichev and Nickolay Hadjiminev
  • Original Music By: Atli Örvarsson   
  • Soundtrack: Do Rechki
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Thief | Heist | Bare Midriff | Boardwalk | Laser

Writing Credits By:

  • Ted Humphrey (written by)

Known Trivia

    Goofs: Continuity: During the Vault scene the shots switch between Freeman and Banderas: in one shot Freeman's earpiece is in his ear, then it is not, then in the shot following that it's back in again.

    Plot: A veteran thief recruits a younger crook to help him pull off one final job in order to repay his debt to the Russian mob. Full summary »  »

    Story: In New York, the experienced art thief, Keith Ripley, invites the bold thief from Miami, Gabriel Martin, to team up with him. He plans the heist of two valuable mysterious antique Faberge eggs, located in a safe, of the well protected Russian jewelry Romanov. Each egg is worth twenty million dollars on the black market, and Ripley needs his cut to free himself from his debt to a powerful mobster, known as Nicky. The reluctant Gabriel agrees to participate, after having a one night stand with Ripley's goddaughter Alexandra Karolin. Meanwhile, the persistent Lieutenant Weber, who has unsuccessfully tried to put Ripley in jail for twenty years, figures out how to anticipate the movements of the criminal in order to catch him.Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil  

    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Boaz Davidson known as executive producer
    • Danny Dimbort known as executive producer
    • Randall Emmett known as producer
    • Florian Lechner known as executive producer
    • Avi Lerner known as executive producer
    • Danny Lerner known as executive producer
    • Danny Lerner known as producer
    • Lori McCreary known as producer
    • Kai Schürmann known as executive producer (as Kai Schuermann)
    • Trevor Short known as executive producer
    • Joachim Sturmes known as executive producer (as Joachim Stumes)
    • David Varod known as executive producer in charge of production
    • Les Weldon known as producer
    • Henry Winterstern known as executive producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Ivan Petrushinov known as Émigré #1
    • Victor Boichev known as Émigré #2 (as Victor Boytchev)
    • Nickolay Hadjiminev known as Émigré #3
    • Rade Serbedzija known as Nicky / Victor
    • Morgan Freeman known as Keith Ripley
    • Gerrit Vooren known as Bakker
    • Joshua Rubin known as Joost
    • Antonio Banderas known as Gabriel Martin
    • Atanas Srebrev known as Transit Cop #2
    • Tom Hardy known as Michaels
    • Robert Forster known as Lt. Weber
    • Corey Johnson known as Voutiritsas
    • Marianne Stanicheva known as Madame Irina
    • Vladimir Kolev known as Andrei
    • Radha Mitchell known as Alex
    • Dan Due Tran known as Vietnamese Man
    • Constantine Gregory known as Sergeev
    • Marcel Iures known as Zykov
    • Deobia Oparei known as Rawls
    • Todd Jensen known as Commissioner Morelli
    • Daniel Angelov known as Artur
    • Velislav Pavlov known as Ilia
    • Deyan Donkov known as Gregor
    • Diana Lyubenova known as Ludmilla
    • Michael Hayden known as Sudimack
    • Gary Werntz known as Donley
    • Antony Byrne known as Yaniushkin
    • Ariel Llinas known as Sergeant
    • Reuben Leder known as Pilot
    • Harry Anichkin known as Old Russian (uncredited)
    • Velizar Binev known as Tarasov (uncredited)
    • Assen Blatechki known as Russian Gangster (uncredited)
    • Katie Chonacas known as June (uncredited)
    • Stefan Ivanov known as Guard (uncredited)
    • Siso Kamburov known as Ivanov (uncredited)
    • Stefan Shterev known as Thug (uncredited)
    • Charles Venn known as Transit Cop (uncredited)



    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:
    • Deena Adair known as hair stylist: Mr. Freeman
    • Ivon Guguchkova known as makeup artist
    • Sofi Hvarleva known as key makeup artist
    • Nena Smarz known as makeup artist: Mr. Banderas
    • Dimitrina Stoyanova known as key hair stylist (as Diddy Stoyanova)

    Art Department:

    • Borislav Belberov known as stand-by props
    • Dirk Buchmann known as property master
    • Cristina Cecili known as lead painter
    • Atanas Cherkezov known as assistant set dresser
    • Maria Doicheva known as props painter
    • Stoyan Doychev known as labourer
    • Justin Elterman known as graphic designer
    • Andrey Filchev known as stand-by props
    • Peter Gelfman known as property master: New York
    • Lyubomir Grigorov known as graphic designer
    • Julie Janssen known as set designer
    • Monislav Jeliazkov known as carpenter
    • Georgi Kodzhabashiyski known as painter
    • Ivelin Kolev known as carpenter
    • Asen Kozarev known as carpenter
    • Petar Lozanov known as carpenter
    • Lubomir Lubolinov known as carpenter
    • Rosen Marinkov known as stand-by props
    • Todor Marinov known as carpenter
    • Georgi Markov known as carpenter
    • R. Dean McCreary known as scenic artist
    • Giulia Pasquinelli known as set designer
    • Velemira Petkova known as set dresser
    • Serban Rotariu known as set designer
    • Andrea Sinigaglia known as painter
    • Rosen Stefanov known as assistant set decorator
    • Anatoly Tonev known as carpenter
    • Alexander Zahariev known as carpenter
    • Emanuil Zahariev known as carpenter
    • Tomas Zeman known as art department coordinator: set decoration
    • Zhivko Zhelyazkov known as storyboard artist
    • Vasil Zlatarev known as assistant set dresser
    • Morena Trevisiol known as set designer (uncredited)
    • Evgeni Yordanov known as construction manager (uncredited)




    Production Companies:

    • Millennium Films (presents)
    • Revelations Entertainment
    • Equity Pictures Medienfonds GmbH & Co. KG IV (for)
    • Nu Image Entertainment GmbH (for)
    • Emmett/Furla Films
    • Grosvenor Park Media (in association with)

    Other Companies:

    • Central Casting  extras casting
    • Film Finances  completion guarantor
    • Klass Entertainment  product placement
    • Packair Airfreight  international logistics
    • Rockbottom Rentals  cell phone rentals
    • Soundtrack  adr facility
    • Talent Partners Casting  extras casting


    • First Look International (2009) (USA) (DVD)
    • Lusomundo Audiovisuais (2009) (Portugal) (theatrical)
    • Odeon (2009) (Cyprus) (theatrical)
    • Odeon (2009) (Greece) (theatrical)
    • Bridge Entertainment Group (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
    • Bridge Entertainment Group (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
    • CatchPlay (2009) (Taiwan) (all media)
    • Cinemax (2009) (Russia) (all media) (CIS)
    • Eagle Films (2009) (Lebanon) (all media) (Middle East)
    • First Look International (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
    • IPA Asia Pacific (2009) (Thailand) (all media)
    • Imagem Filmes (2009) (Brazil) (all media)
    • Lionsgate (2009) (UK) (DVD)
    • Lionsgate (2009) (UK) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
    • Television (2009) (Romania) (all media)
    • VVS Films (2009) (Canada) (all media)
    • Nikkatsu (2010) (Japan) (theatrical)
    • Ascot Elite Home Entertainment (2010) (Germany) (DVD)
    • Film1 (2010) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
    • RTL Entertainment (2011) (Netherlands) (TV) (RTL5)



    Other Stuff

    Visual Effects by:
    • Ivaylo Andonov known as digital compositor
    • Javor Asenov known as digital compositor
    • Simeon Asenov known as visual effects art director
    • Luba Atanasova known as video colorist
    • Dilyan Aynadzhiev known as visual effects systems administrator
    • Svilen Aynadzhiev known as digital compositor
    • Angelina Borisowa known as visual effects editor
    • Wes C. Caefer known as visual effects liaison
    • Alexander Chaliovski known as visual effects
    • Greg Cheng known as visual effects artist
    • Scott Coulter known as visual effects producer
    • Elin Davidov known as digital compositor
    • Nina Dimitrova known as digital artist
    • Alexander Dimov known as visual effects
    • Ivelina Dobreva known as digital compositor
    • Anton Donchev known as digital compositor
    • Daniel Donchov known as visual effects systems administrator
    • Stanislav Draganov known as visual effects
    • Nikolay Gachev known as visual effects supervisor
    • Kremena Ganeva known as digital compositor
    • Dobri Georgiev known as lead cgi artist
    • Kristina Georgieva known as visual effects artist
    • Veselina Georgieva known as visual effects supervisor
    • Kiril Gizdov known as digital compositor
    • Dobromir Hristov known as digital lead artist
    • Angel Ivanov known as digital artist
    • Ivan Ivanov known as graphic design and animation
    • Ivan Gochev Ivanov known as visual effects artist
    • Momchil Kirov known as digital compositor
    • Momchil Koev known as digital compositor
    • Nikolay Kolev known as digital effects artist
    • Dragomir Kostadinov known as digital artist
    • Maria Maltcheva known as set supervisor
    • Jordan Markov known as visual effects supervisor
    • Nikolay Mihailov known as digital compositor
    • Velislava Mihailova known as digital compositor
    • Nevena Nikolcheva known as digital compositor
    • Philip Nikolov known as digital compositor
    • Nikolay Peev known as visual effects
    • James John Perkins known as visual effects artist
    • Nick Peshunoff known as visual effects coordinator
    • Julia Petrova known as digital compositor
    • Iavor Radev known as visual effects coordinator
    • Diana Simeonova known as matchmove artist
    • Plamen Statev known as visual effects coordinator
    • Stanislav Stoynev known as 3D lead artist
    • Stefan Tchakarov known as visual effects production supervisor
    • Dimitrina Torneva known as digital compositor
    • Elisaveta Tzvetanova known as visual effects (as Elisaveta Mandajieva)
    • Desislava Valcheva known as digital compositor
    • Alexander Valev known as lead digital artist
    • Slavov Yanko known as matchmove artist
    • Sebastien Betsch known as digital painter (uncredited)

    Release Date:

    • Taiwan 9 January 2009
    • UK 16 February 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Spain 6 March 2009
    • Brazil 13 March 2009
    • Turkey 3 April 2009
    • Netherlands 7 April 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Romania 10 April 2009
    • Israel 7 May 2009
    • Thailand 7 May 2009
    • Brazil 27 May 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • USA 23 June 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Greece 9 July 2009
    • Mexico 10 July 2009
    • Poland 30 July 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Croatia 10 September 2009
    • Hungary 16 September 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • France 12 January 2010 (DVD premiere)
    • Peru 14 January 2010
    • Portugal 14 January 2010
    • Argentina 20 February 2010 (TV premiere)
    • Germany 18 March 2010 (DVD premiere)
    • Japan 15 May 2010
    • Kuwait 19 August 2010

    MPAA: Rated R for sexuality, language and some nudity



    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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    1. asia_extreme from Taiwan
      30 Mar 2012, 4:50 am

      What no comments, no rating, no release date?!! This is what I firstthought when looking at the IMDb page for this movie, "how can it bepossible, a movie released here in Taiwan but not in America?!"

      First off I had trouble finding this movie on IMDb since the Englishtitle given in Taiwan is The Code", where as according to IMDb its"Thick as Thieves"

      I didn't know what to expect when entering this movie as I hadn't reada million posts on IMDb saying how its amazing and the others saying itshould be the 2nd thing on your list to do after suicide.

      It's pretty much your average bank heist movie, the story is basedaround a job which is utterly impossible unless you have amazing toolsand gadgets which probably take longer to create than the wholesecurity system of the bank they're planning to hit. The story movesalong nicely, it has a few short moments where it seems to drift awayfrom the main plot but it doesn't distract you from the main track. Theacting by Freeman is his usual really, the more experienced and wiserman who once again does a decent job. The young rookie crook role goesto Banderas who generally does a good job but in the early stages ofthe movie just doesn't look right. The young rookie is the same as mostthe young cocky rookie's you see in most movies, unfortunately a middleaged man making wise cracks just doesn't look right on screen.

      Like you'd expect there's a surprise ending which isn't so easy tofigure out, or when you think you've figured it out you still end upbeing wrong. It's what you'd expect from a heist movie and it certainlydoesn't disappoint. The directing is nothing special, it just seemslike standard Hollywood movie making with nothing really standing outas being special. The dialogue is nothing flash, its normal dialoguewith very little standout lines. The performances are once againnothing stand out, all the actors do a decent job in this movie butnothing worthy of an Oscar.

      Overall this isn't a super awesome big time blockbuster, its an OKpiece of cinema which is sure to entertain you but its not going tohave you shouting from the roof tops

    2. Dan from Canada
      30 Mar 2012, 4:50 am

      Let me start by saying that, what saved this movie from being a totaldisaster is not being a very long movie. Hence, the rating of threestars was given instead of one. I invested the first 30 minutes,without much happening. I was hoping on a "thick" plot but boy was Iwrong. This movie tries to be another "Bank Job" but fails atsurprising or making the viewer think about anything but Antonio'shorrid performance.

      Average acting on behalf of the crew. Morgan just wanted his money, youcould tell that any moment now he was going to run off the stage. Theonly guy who was remotely good is Papa Patrelli from Heroes the TVseries. Playing a frustrated, outsmarted investigator/cop. Now Antoniodelivered a performance that made you feel like he reached into yourpocket and stole your money. Not once during the entire movie have Iforgot that I'm seeing Antonio miserably fail at attempting to takehimself seriously.

      The movie tried to seem wise or smooth or even funny, but deliverednone of the above. The movie passes by without any real point or driveand ending equally pointless.

    3. Lorenzo_von_Matterhorn from every where
      30 Mar 2012, 4:50 am

      What a big letdown. First off, I wasn't really expecting much out ofthis, the trailer wasn't really something but it has Freeman andBanderas in it, both I am a big fan of. As it turned out, it was all abig, fat failure of a heist movie. I always welcome recycled plot linesjust as long as the execution brings something new to the table but inThick as Thieves, there wasn't. We've all seen it before and the twistat the end, although you never see it coming within the movie, theshock factor was poorly executed.

      I love all of Freeman's works but this one is at the end of the line.The chemistry between Banderas and Mitchell was off, there was no sparknone whatsoever. Skip it, rent it but don't buy it. It's a waste ofmoney.

    4. I_John_Barrymore_I from United Kingdom
      30 Mar 2012, 4:50 am

      Thick as Thieves is pretty much as lousy as heist films get. It's lazy,derivative, and really quite offensive in the way it leans back in yourfavourite chair, flicks cigarette ash on your carpet while smirking atyou and telling you there's nothing you can do to stop it as you'vealready paid your money.

      The twists are both of everyone's least-favourite flavour: one you canspot a mile off and the other one – while unexpected – you won't give ahoot about. The heist too is lazy, but by that point you won't besurprised even if you can remember all the talk of it being animpossible job. Your expectations will be so low you'll tell yourselfit's par for the course. Both Morgan Freeman (usually reliable) andAntonio Banderas (usually intolerable) coast by with just the pilotlight on, totally lacking chemistry, and only Radha Mitchell comes awaywith any kind of credibility, doing decent work and putting in far moreeffort than her underwritten character deserves.

    5. f_sinatra_2002
      30 Mar 2012, 4:50 am

      The combination of bad acting, lousy directing, faded characters,clichéd script and mediocre sets not only disappointed me, but actuallymade me mad enough to post this comment. I feel really sorry for MorganFreeman and Marcel Iures for having had to put up with all thepreposterous nonsense called "Thick as thieves". As for Banderas andMitchell, they seem to be pretty much in the same boat, as both lackbasic acting skills and have aged disgracefully. To sum up, the movieis ridiculously bad but, if you appreciate Freeman's previous work, buya ticket, tear it to bits, go home and watch the evening news: I'm sureit'll be less depressing.

    6. altun-umut from Turkey
      30 Mar 2012, 4:50 am

      I actually enjoyed watching this thriller. The problem is that you comeacross some scenes that makes you feel like an idiot. The plot missesthat spark of ingenuity. For instance; you guess what is gonna happenin the next 10 minutes; and it happens!!! I think this is not onlybecause of bad writing, but also because the script is full of clichés.

      If you have some spare time to kill and don't mind an uninspired plot.Go ahead; it might amuse you. Don't be fooled by the actors and expectanything better.

      By the way isn't it interesting that Morgan Freeman kinda accepts anyscript? He must be really lucky that really good ones find him too.

      For Antonio Banderas; there is not much to do. But wait for a Wrestlerlike a come back or not…

    7. Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
      30 Mar 2012, 4:50 am

      In New York, the experienced thief of arts Keith Ripley (MorganFreeman) invites the bold thief from Miami Gabriel Martin (AntonioBanderas) to team up with him in the heist of two valuable mysteriousFaberge eggs of 1917 in the safe of the well protected Russian jewelryRomanov. The worth of each egg in the black market is twenty milliondollars and Ripley needs his cut to quit his debt with the powerfulmobster Nicky (Rade Serbedzija). The reluctant Gabriel accepts toparticipate after having one night stand with Ripley's goddaughterAlexandra Karolin (Radha Mitchell). Meanwhile, the persistentLieutenant Weber (Robert Foster), who has unsuccessfully tried to putRipley in jail for twenty years, figures how to anticipate themovements of the criminal and arrest him.

      "Thick as Thieves" is an unoriginal movie full of clichés that givesthe sensation of déjà vu to the viewer. There are many movies withimpossible heists, and this one has nothing new in this regard.Further, there are many twists in the story and the conclusion is cornyand commercial. The good points are the chemistry among Morgan Freeman,the sexy and gorgeous Radha Mitchell, and Antonio. Banderas. In theend, this forgettable flick entertains. My vote is six.

      Title (Brazil): "Jogo Entre Ladrões" {"Game Between Thieves")

    8. Rob616 from Michigan
      30 Mar 2012, 4:50 am

      I think Morgan Freeman is a really good actor, and that's the mainreason why I wanted to watch this movie. I also usually enjoy heistfilms, so i figured I would enjoy this movie. Boy, was I wrong! Theplot line of this movie barely makes any sense. The characters are notinteresting in the slightest way. The heist itself had no suspense. Theridiculous "romance" between Antonio Banderas' character and the blondeRussian woman is not engaging, believable, or even essential to thestory line. It's as if the producers of this film got Freeman to signon for it, and THEN began writing the movie. Totally retarded! Also,visually it looked like a made for cable movie. The lighting was off ina weird way, and the scenery showed parts of New York and thenmysteriously some Eastern European city patched in. If you enjoysuspense movies, or good dramas, or good acting I suggest you avoidthis movie. It is a major disappointment.

      30 Mar 2012, 4:50 am

      To be honest I expected a lot more from this film, with Morgan Freeman,a veteran movie maker. However I was a little shocked at the lack ofaction in this movie.

      Yes it was full of faces you may recognise from other movies but to behonest that's about where it leaves you. There were no amazing carchases, not enough action etc.

      About the only half decent thing in this movie was the seriously slowunwinding plot twist.

      Not a great movie overall, not one I would consider watching again. Iguess Morgan is getting on a bit, maybe that attributed to the lack of"things"?

    10. intelearts from the big screen
      30 Mar 2012, 4:50 am

      With a great cast this should have been fun, sexy, bad, and exciting -none of these words apply here. While not 100% boring it is just notoriginal enough to fly right.

      It looks like it was shot for TV – or at the end of the Eighties – witha horrible plot and a horrible heist. Lighting and scenery are off andthe shots are prosaic.

      I'm giving it three rather than one as the chemistry between MorganFreedman and Antonio Banderas is passable.

      Huge disappointment given the potential, the main fault lies in theheist itself – it's all been done better before.

      If you love heist movies you won't this….

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