Dr. Amusa approaches Dortmunder about a valuable gem in a museum that is of great signifigance to his people in Africa, stolen during colonial times. Dortmunder assembles a crack team of cat burglars and hatches an elaborate plan for stealing the gem.
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As a Comedy of Errors it's great, but tonally it's very strange... has this serious/"tense" vibe that it won't let go of, despite the fact almost every element of the plot is patently absurd. If it was played as a straight comedy and realism was only reserved for the mechanics of the heist sequences... we've got a classic on our hands. Side ding: the Redford character's sister is pointless and makes no sense.
Humour, luxe et précision font l'attrait et le divertissement du film dans lequel Segal et Redford sont quelquefois magistraux. Maintenant, il faut tout de même pas crier au chef-d'oeuvre, Peter Yates a toujours été qu'un modeste tâcheron du Septième Art... www.cinefiches.com