Robert Altman

Thieves Like Us

Altman’s tender, witty tale of rural bank-robbers in 1930s America is one of his warmest and most underrated films.

The 35mm print of this film is sadly now too colour faded to present so we will be screening this film from a video format. We apologise for any disappointment.

Image from Thieves Like Us

USA 1974
Dir Robert Altman
With Keith Carradine, Shelley Duvall, Bert Remsen, John Schuck
123min
Video
Certificate 12A

Based on the same novel as Nick Ray’s They Live by Night, this tale of rural bank-robbers in Depression-era America is arguably Altman’s warmest film, thanks to the tender treatment of the fugitive young lovers (Carradine and Duvall) – innocents ill-served by their inept partners in crime. Contrasting their predicament with the myths propagated by radio serials, the film is funny and affecting.