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Dumped on the market with little fanfare after sitting on the shelf for nearly two years, this remake of Claude Lelouch's LA BONNE ANNEE (1973) is a charming romance/caper film with a particulary winning performance by Peter Falk. Nick (Falk) and Charlie (Charles Durning) are aging thieves who think they might find the pickings in Palm Beach a little easier...read more

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Dumped on the market with little fanfare after sitting on the shelf for nearly two years, this remake of Claude Lelouch's LA BONNE ANNEE (1973) is a charming romance/caper film with a particulary winning performance by Peter Falk. Nick (Falk) and Charlie (Charles Durning) are aging thieves

who think they might find the pickings in Palm Beach a little easier than in New York. Nick plans an intricate robbery of a jewelry store, establishing two identities: a romantic octogenarian whose wife is deathly ill and his equally ancient sister. In these guises, he gradually wins the trust of

the store manager (Tom Courtenay). Meanwhile, Nick has been smitten by Carolyn Benedict (Wendy Hughes), who runs a nearby antique store. Director John G. Avildsen (ROCKY, THE KARATE KID) moves his film along at a nice pace and coaxes fine performances from Hughes, Courtenay, and the always

reliable Durning. But when all is said and done, this is Falk's picture. He is outstanding. Falk doesn't opt for easy laughs by playing his masquerades broadly; he mines more humor from the plausible little touches he brings to these characters than from the comedy inherent in the situation. His

portrayal of the old woman is particularly effective, a role that Falk created and wrote, modeling it after his mother. The film received an Oscar nomination for Best Makeup.

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