In Montreal, a professional safe cracker who wants to retire, Nick Wells (De Niro), is persuaded to engage in one last heist by his friend Max (Brando), who plans the caper and recruits a younger thief, Jack Teller (Norton).
They intend to steal a priceless French sceptre, once thought lost but rediscovered as it was brought into Canada illegally. However the job requires getting the artifact out of the heavily-guarded Customs House, where Teller has taken a maintenance job. In order to avoid suspicion, Teller pretends to be Brian, who is mentally challenged.
Nick intends to retire to spend more time with his girlfriend (Angela Bassett) and run his jazz club full-time. But he knows that he is in danger of being apprehended by the law as well as being double-crossed by his untrustworthy partners.
Born in Hereford, England, Frank Oz (born Frank Oznowicz) graduated from California’s Oakland City College during 1962 and joined the humans behind Jim Henson’s fledgling Muppet group as a puppeteer the following year. He was part of the first-season cast of Saturday Night Live as the Mighty Favag and appeared in The Blues Brothers with John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd. After The Muppet Show went on the air in 1976, Oz became vice president of the Henson organization, and was responsible for the portrayals of Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, and Animal, among other characters, earning three Emmy Awards for his work on the show. He later served as a producer for The Great Muppet Caper (1980), directed by Henson, with whom he co-directed The Dark Crystal a year later. He later directed The Muppets Take Manhattan in 1984. Two years later, with Henson in the director’s chair, Oz was one of the voices in Labyrinth. Moving outside of Henson’s orbit, Oz directed the screen version of the musical Little… read more
A very entertainIng heist thriller. Edge of your seat tension drives the picture and the opportunity to see Brando and De Niro share the screen is too much to resist. 7/10