Breaking In (1989) - Rotten Tomatoes

Breaking In (1989)




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An aging cat burglar takes on a young protege in this comedy. Though the young man is green and a bit wild, the seasoned pro (Burt Reynolds) sees potential and so patiently attempts to instill in him notions of caution and pride in his work. He also tries to share his deeply felt philosophies, but unfortunately, his student is too obsessed with his youth to really listen.

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Burt Reynolds
as Ernie Mullins
Casey Siemaszko
as Mike Lafebb
Sheila Kelley
as Carrie aka Fontaine
Lorraine Toussaint
as Delphine the Hooker
Albert Salmi
as Johnny Scat
Stephen Tobolowsky
as District Attorney
David Frishberg
as Nightclub Singer
John Baldwin
as Sam the Apostle
Eddie Driscoll
as Paul the Apostle
Melanie Moseley
as Young Woman Apostle
Galen B. Schrick
as Choir Master
Duggan L. Wendeborn
as Faith House Member
K. Gordan Scott
as Counterman
Kim Singer
as Anchorwoman
Galen Schrick
as Choir Master
Charles E. Compton
as Real Estate Agent
Earle Taylor
as Mr. Withrow
Rod Long
as Garbage Truck Driver
Aaron Cooley
as Teenage Boy on Skates
Eddie Gove
as Scavenger
Daryl Olson
as 1st Security Guard
George Catalano
as 2nd Security Guard
Ted Bryant
as Newscaster
John R. Knotts
as 1st Detective
Garcia Phelps
as Gerry Hacker
Russ Fast
as 2nd Detective
Jack Esformes
as Mike's Prison Buddy
Alan Fudge
as 3rd Detective
Douglas Mace
as 1st Prison Guard
Stephan Adam Szymel
as 2nd Prison Guard
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Critic Reviews for Breaking In

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (1)

Breaking In has been billed as a comeback for Reynolds, but maybe it's simply a well-written, well-directed picture.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Written by John Sayles and directed by the Scottish director, Bill Forsyth, the film works at certain levels by combining Sayles' local American realism with Forsyth's rather quirky sense of humor.

May 19, 2020 | Full Review…

Delightfully charming low-key funny mismatched buddy crime caper pic.

March 9, 2013 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Not much happens, but it is entertaining

July 20, 2006 | Rating: 3/5

A low-key and intriguing teaming of John Sayles and Billy Forsyth that features a terrific performance by Reynolds.

July 2, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

Breaking In is a charming, warm and completely entertaining movie - the kind you'll enjoy best after sitting through something particularly mindless and loud.

May 28, 2002 | Rating: 86/100

Audience Reviews for Breaking In

Unusual buddy film as old hand burglar/safecracker Reynolds (thankfully lowkey for a change - avoiding his usual big Cheesy Ham persona) takes in a young guy and teaches him the ropes of nighttime illegality. Its better than you might think and also good on the difficult reality of actually breaking into a place designed to keep people out, quite unlike the plethora of Hollywood films that depict breaking and entering to be as easy as pulling a plastic card out of yer back pocket.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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