The Best Thief in the World

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The Best Thief in the World
Directed by Jacob Kornbluth
Produced by Tim Perrell
Nicola Usborne
Written by Jacob Kornbluth
Starring Mary-Louise Parker
Michael Silverman
David Warshofsky
Audra McDonald
Lois Smith
Music by Prince Paul and Don Newkirk
Cinematography Ben Kutchins
Edited by Stephanie Sterner
Distributed by Showtime Networks
Release dates
January 16, 2004 (2004-01-16)
Running time
93 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Best Thief in the World is a film starring Mary-Louise Parker. The movie was released in 2004 at the Sundance Film Festival, and it aired on Showtime on January 11, 2005.


The movie is about a kid named Izzy who lives in the New York City neighborhood of Washington Heights. His family faces a crisis after his father, Paul, suffers from a stroke. His mother, Sue, is an English teacher whose salary is only enough to pay the rent for their apartment. Izzy is trying to find ways to escape his problems by breaking into people's apartments. Izzy does not steal things from houses, instead he eats food, moves around the furniture, writes words on walls, takes showers, and burn pieces of paper. Izzy hangs out with a group of kids who are hoodlums. When Paul's medical insurance is running out, Sue decides to bring Paul back home and take care of him by herself. When Izzy tries again to break in, he gets caught when the homeowners are at home having sex. Izzy is subsequently taken to the local police station.

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