|Never has a film portrayed the life of on-the-run bank robbers with such conviction, violence and pathos. Set in Mississippi during the 1930s Depression, Thieves Like Us is "wonderfully directed" (Blockbuster Entertainment Guide) by one of America's most revered filmmakers, Robert Altman (The Player). Adapted by Calder Willingham (Rambling Rose), Joan Tewkesbury (Nashville) and Altman from Edward Anderson's novel Thieves Like Us, the film is layer-deep with characterization that "gets better every time you look at it" (Leonard Maltin).
Convicted murderer Bowie (Keith Carradine) is as tough as the come. So tough, in fact, he's made a daring prison escape and has gone on the lam with two buddies. On a rampage across the country, this armed and dangerous trio is soon wanted for a series of violent bank robberies. But when they hole up in a rural farmhouse, Bowie falls for a young woman named Keechie (Shelley Duvall). And as the law draws closer to their hideout, and chances for escape dwindle, Bowie's future with Keechie looks as doubtful as his surviving the impending blaze of gunfire!