Smash & Grab

Smash & Grab

About the Film

Their crimes resemble high-octane Hollywood action movies: a sports car speeds through a Dubai shopping mall, crashing into the windows of a Graff jewelry store. Masked, gun-wielding men jump out of the car, and stuff fistfuls of diamonds into their satchels before screeching off. In London, they took all of three minutes to make off with $30 million in diamonds.  They are captured – not in person, but on surveillance tapes that record their astonishing lightning strikes with hypnotic accuracy.

Playing out like a noir thriller spiced with cutting-edge animation and shocking real surveillance footage, Havana Marking’s Smash & Grab is an exclusive all-access pass into the mysterious world of international jewel thieves.  Dubbed ‘The Pink Panthers,’ the formidable Balkan gang has stolen nearly a billion dollars worth of jewels from boutiques in the world's most opulent cities, including Geneva, Paris, London, Geneva, Dubai and Tokyo.  Through never-before-seen interviews with key gang members, this provocative documentary delves into the gang’s incredible history and introduces the viewer to the global police forces who work furiously to stop them.  Beyond the glitz of the Panthers’ incredible heists, Smash & Grab exposes dark truths about the illicit diamond trade and the world’s most ruthless mafia networks.

Starring: Tomislav Benzon, Jasmin Topalusic, Daniel Vivian, Rob Kennedy
Director: Havana Marking

Reactions

 "The world's most successful ring of diamond thieves is inventively and insightfully explored in the documentary 'Smash and Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers." - Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times

"Intriguing…It’s a fascinating inside look, made all the more thrilling by Marking’s access to actual Pink Panthers." - Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post

“Fascinating and gripping! Smart.. Slickly shot and clever...” - Mark Adams, Screen International

“A great story...if you’re not in the jewelry business. A polished cinematic whirl.”  - David D’Arcy, Artinfo

“Absorbing! Has the insider's level of detail that gives so many good crime movies their bite." - Nicolas Rapold, The New York Times

"A gripping portrait of a daring international jewel-theft ring!" - Scott Foundas, Variety

Cast & Crew

Cast

Mike: Tomislav Benzon
Lela: Jasmin Topalusic
Mr. Green: Daniel Vivian
Novak: Rob Kennedy  

Crew

Director: Havana Marking
Producer: Mike Lerner
Editor: Joby Gee
Director of Photography: Richard Gillespie
Animation Director: Tony Comley
Original Music: Simon Russell

Technical Info

Production Year: 2013
Countries of Production: UK
Running Time: 1h 29m
Screen Ratio: 1.77:1
Color: Yes

Theaters

New York
New York
7/31/13
Beverly Hills
California
8/23/13
Washington, D.C.
District of Columbia
8/23/13
Palm Desert
California
8/23/13
Hilo
Hawaii
8/30/13
Santa Fe
New Mexico
8/30/13
Bar Harbor
Maine
9/6/13
Bloomington
Indiana
9/20/13
Hartford
Connecticut
10/4/13

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Reactions

 "The world's most successful ring of diamond thieves is inventively and insightfully explored in the documentary 'Smash and Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers." - Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times

"Intriguing…It’s a fascinating inside look, made all the more thrilling by Marking’s access to actual Pink Panthers." - Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post

“Fascinating and gripping! Smart.. Slickly shot and clever...” - Mark Adams, Screen International

“A great story...if you’re not in the jewelry business. A polished cinematic whirl.”  - David D’Arcy, Artinfo

“Absorbing! Has the insider's level of detail that gives so many good crime movies their bite." - Nicolas Rapold, The New York Times

"A gripping portrait of a daring international jewel-theft ring!" - Scott Foundas, Variety

Detailed Film Info

Their crimes resemble high-octane Hollywood action movies: a sports car speeds through a Dubai shopping mall, crashing into the windows of a Graff jewelry store. Masked, gun-wielding men jump out of the car, and stuff fistfuls of diamonds into their satchels before screeching off. In London, they took all of three minutes to make off with $30 million in diamonds.  They are captured – not in person, but on surveillance tapes that record their astonishing lightning strikes with hypnotic accuracy.

Playing out like a noir thriller spiced with cutting-edge animation and shocking real surveillance footage, Havana Marking’s Smash & Grab is an exclusive all-access pass into the mysterious world of international jewel thieves.  Dubbed ‘The Pink Panthers,’ the formidable Balkan gang has stolen nearly a billion dollars worth of jewels from boutiques in the world's most opulent cities, including Geneva, Paris, London, Geneva, Dubai and Tokyo.  Through never-before-seen interviews with key gang members, this provocative documentary delves into the gang’s incredible history and introduces the viewer to the global police forces who work furiously to stop them.  Beyond the glitz of the Panthers’ incredible heists, Smash & Grab exposes dark truths about the illicit diamond trade and the world’s most ruthless mafia networks.

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