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Rough Cut (1980)

Two sophisticated jewel thieves join forces to steal $30 million in uncut jewels. Despite a continuous exchange of quips they eventually become romantically involved.


Don Siegel, Peter R. Hunt (uncredited) | 1 more credit »


Larry Gelbart (as Francis Burns), Derek Lambert (novel)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Burt Reynolds ... Jack Rhodes
Lesley-Anne Down ... Gillian Bromley
David Niven ... Chief Insp. Cyril Willis
Timothy West ... Nigel Lawton
Patrick Magee ... Ernst Mueller
Al Matthews ... Ferguson
Susan Littler Susan Littler ... Sheila
Joss Ackland ... Insp. Vanderveld
Isabel Dean ... Mrs. Willis
Wolf Kahler ... De Gooyer
Andrew Ray Andrew Ray ... Pilbrow
Julian Holloway ... Ronnie Taylor
Douglas Wilmer ... Maxwell Levy
Geoffrey Russell Geoffrey Russell ... Tobin
Ronald Hines ... Capt. Small


Two sophisticated jewel thieves join forces to steal $30 million in uncut jewels. Despite a continuous exchange of quips they eventually become romantically involved.

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They're all gems. But who's the fake? See more »


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Release Date:

20 June 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Second and final screen role in a theatrical feature for British actress Susan Littler who mostly worked in television. See more »


[first lines]
Sheila: Oh Jack, let's dance, shall we dance? And let's have some more champagne.
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Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) See more »


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Written by Duke Ellington, Irving Mills and Mann Curtis
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"I'm going to get Rhodes!"
16 July 2011 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Another enjoyably hearty Burt Reynolds vehicle to the long-winded comedy caper list, but making it more a welcoming ride is a strong cast along side him with David Niven, Lesley-Ann Down and Patrick Magee. Director Don Siegel serviceably lets it flow without much structure, as the crafty story has its twists and turns with its clever façade before finally revealing its trump cards. An aging Scotland Yard detective Chief Insp. Cyril Willis is coming towards retirement, but before calling it a day he has plans of capturing Jack Rhodes an American jewel thief that throughout his career has always been one step ahead. So in comes a beautiful lady, which is part of the plan to nab his man. But what blossoms is unexpected.

Tailored like an old-fashioned romance comedy, "Rough Cut" is all about a laconically lounging Reynolds sweeping the gorgeous Lesley Ann-Down off her feet, while finding some time to organise a quick in and out heist of some diamonds. Sometimes the tone can be jumpy, but everything feels like its on cruise-control with Siegel's automatic handling, especially when it comes to the excitement and dangers of the job. The witty script is where the rapid fire comes from. However the action when it arrives is masterfully shot. It's smooth and magnetic, just like the performances. The interplay between the cast works. Reynolds plays it dry and confident. A sexy Down is a complete delight and Niven only adds to the wilily fun.

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