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Raffles

Released Dec 22, 1939 1h 12m Crime Drama List
Reviews 56% Audience Score 50+ Ratings A Scotland Yard inspector (Dudley Digges) matches wits with a gentleman cat burglar, popular cricketer A.J. Raffles (David Niven). Read More Read Less Watch on Prime Video Stream Now

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Times (UK) Staff Times (UK) Mr David Niven... is invariably charming, but hardly convincing as a modern criminal. Oct 16, 2020 Full Review Don Q. Cine-Mundial So fun that we... turn a blind eye to David Niven's exploits. [Full review in Spanish] Apr 3, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member This is so dumb by any standards. Oh Raffles you old dog, not even your charm can save this film from being an absolute dud. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Tom M Niven is charming. De Havilland is beautiful. And yet this film is not very good. Very slow to get going and the ending made no sense at all. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 05/11/20 Full Review Audience Member Every inch the 'gentleman' cricketer he portrays (no cricket scenes), David Niven offers us a smart likeable cat burglar in a pacy crime thriller with some nice humour attached. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member The title character of Raffles is one of those thoroughly charming sorts that seem to have nine lives when it comes to cinema, and indeed the gentleman burglar had already turned up in three films before David Niven was given the chance to put his stamp on the part. It's quite a good thing that he was given that chance, for Niven was born to play the role, and the character returned the favor by helping Niven to prove he could carry an entire film, thus boosting him toward the top tier of stardom. Certainly, Niven is excellent in the part, as suave as they come, blessed with the lightest of touches and an innate ability to play subtle comedy, as well as more than enough dramatic chops to handle the more serious aspects of the story. He carries the film along in a featherweight grasp that is exactly what is called for. This is a good thing, for director Sam Wood's work is so uninspired as to be, at best, perfunctory; without Niven, Raffles would be devoid of style, and one thing that this kind of film must have is style. Niven is well assisted by Dudley Digges as his officer-of-the-law nemesis; he gets unfortunately little assistance from Olivia de Havilland, who seems uninterested in her role and her performance. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member version #4 is very good too Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member OK remake which - which an exhausted director merely recreated the scenes and pacing of the original with Reg Coleman. Nivens is his always charming self - watch for an underutilized EE Clive also. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A Scotland Yard inspector (Dudley Digges) matches wits with a gentleman cat burglar, popular cricketer A.J. Raffles (David Niven).
Director
Sam Wood
Producer
Samuel Goldwyn
Screenwriter
John Van Druten, Sidney Howard
Production Co
United Artists
Genre
Crime, Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Dec 22, 1939, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Jul 9, 2020
Runtime
1h 12m
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