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Breaking In (1989)

Professional thief Ernie takes Mike on as an apprentice, but while Mike clearly has "larceny in his heart", it will take him a long time to get as good as Ernie.

Director:

Bill Forsyth

Writer:

John Sayles
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Reynolds ... Ernie Mullins
Casey Siemaszko ... Mike Lafebb
Sheila Kelley ... Carrie aka Fontaine
Lorraine Toussaint ... Delphine the Hooker
Albert Salmi ... Johnny Scot, Poker Player
Harry Carey Jr. ... Shoes, Poker Player (as Harry Carey)
Maury Chaykin ... Vincent Tucci, Attorney
Stephen Tobolowsky ... District Attorney
Richard Key Jones Richard Key Jones ... Lou, Bob's Tire & Body
Tom Lasswell Tom Lasswell ... Bud, Bob's Tire & Body
Walter Shane Walter Shane ... Bob's Tire & Body Manager
Frank A. Damiani Frank A. Damiani ... Waiter
David Frishberg David Frishberg ... Nighclub Singer
John Baldwin John Baldwin ... Sam the Apostle
Eddie Driscoll ... Paul the Apostle
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Storyline

Professional thief Ernie takes Mike on as an apprentice, but while Mike clearly has "larceny in his heart", it will take him a long time to get as good as Ernie. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Taglines:

An amateur thief and a professional robber team up for an outrageous comic heist.

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Como ser um Bom Ladrão See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$679,200, 15 October 1989

Gross USA:

$1,877,618

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,877,618
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the scene where Mike is buying the torch at the hardware store, you can see a man in the background holding a stainless steel sink. This a reference to Director Bill Forsyth's first movie, That Sinking Feeling (1979), about a bunch of kids who decide to break into a stainless steel sink factory. See more »

Quotes

Mike Lafebb: Man, I never met anybody who did crime for a living. I mean I had a cousin once who held up a gas station on his bicycle, but he was nuts.
Ernie Mullins: Runs in the family, huh?
Mike Lafebb: Hey, you with some kind of organization?
Ernie Mullins: Yeah, uh, Northwest Homeowners Association.
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What Would I Do
Poem by Debilyn O'Flannery Riggs
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A delight
7 April 2000 | by HBeachBabeSee all my reviews

I remember seeing this little film in the theater. It was a second run theater and this was the second part of a double feature with "The Abyss" which I had actually gone to see. I stuck around for this, not expecting much as Burt reynolds didn't have much a career going at this point. Boy, was I surprised! This film is a gem. A low-key comedy, where the humor doesn't come from gross-out belly laughs but from characters we can relate to. It was such a treat to see Reynolds shelve his tough-guy, trans-am persona and tackle a character role, showing warmth and depth akin to his work in Boogie Nights. I admit to a fondness for "caper" movies, and while this one fits the bill, it's not quite as clever in that department as some others, but this movie isn't about being clever, it's about people and how they relate to each other, even in the realm of burglars. If you haven't seen this, it's well worth renting.


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