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The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne (2014)

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Find out how a poor, single, African-American mother from segregated 1930s America winds up as one of the world's most notorious and successful jewel thieves. A glamorous 83-year-old, Doris Payne is as unapologetic today about the $2 million in jewels she's stolen over a 60-year career as she was the day she stole her first carat. With Doris now on trial for the theft of a department store diamond ring, we probe beneath her consummate smile to uncover the secrets of her trade and what drove her to a life of crime. Stylized recreations, an extensive archive and candid interviews reveal how Payne managed to jet-set her way into any Cartier or Tiffany's from Monte Carlo to Japan and walk out with small fortunes. This sensational portrait exposes a rebel who defies society's prejudices and pinches her own version of the American Dream while she steals your heart.


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Critics FreshAudience Upright
62% - Fresh
76% - Upright

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: May 28th, 2014 (Limited) by Film Forum
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 74 minutes
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Keywords: Biography, Heist, African-American, New York, Paris, Monte Carlo
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Treehouse Moving Images
Production Countries: United States


Doris Payne    Herself

Production and Technical Credits

Producer    Kirk Marcolina
Producer    Matthew Pond
Editor    Darmyn Calderon
Editor    Kirk Marcolina
Composer    Mark Rivett
Director of Photography    Peter Holland
Sound Mixer    Adrian Spano
Sound Editor    Ryan McBride

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