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Thieves Like Us

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Director: Robert Altman, Robert Altman
1974 / 123min / 35mm

One of Altman’s most slashingly sincere films, adapted by Nashville collaborator Joan Tewkesbury from the novel of the same name by Edward Anderson that also provided the basis for Nicholas Ray’s They Live by Night. Keith Carradine and Shelley Duvall are lovers running from the law through the Depression-era South, their fateful romance played out against a backdrop of two-bit gangsterism, Coca-Cola, and the wall-to-wall buzz of vintage radio broadcasts. “A serenely simple film—contained and complete… beautiful right from the first, pearly green long shot. [Altman] finds a sureness of tone and never loses it.”—Pauline Kael, The New Yorker