What these two movies have in common are thieves, the South of France and casinos. What they don’t have in common are leading men and women. At first glance it might be difficult to consider watching Cary Grant and Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief (1955) and Nick Nolte and Nutsa Kukhianidze in the Good Thief (2002) the same evening. But while these two movies start from very different places, they end in a remarkably similar way
Grant and Nolte do what they do exquisitely. Grant’s character, the handsome, charming, sophisticate and Nolte’s character, the heroin shooting low-life provide a fascinating contrast. The female leads are also opposites. Kelly plays it cool and hard-to-get in what looks like an audition for her role as real-life princess while Georgian-born Kukhianidze, one of the sexiest actresses around, plays it hot and available.
Drink what you want during the screening, but uncork the Champagne when it’s over.