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Steal Big, Steal Little

Steal Big, Steal Little
Andy Garcia and Rachel Tinotort

Rated: PG-13 
Reviewed by: Linda  
Release date: September 29, 1995 Released by: Savoy Pictures

In Steal Big, Steal Little, Andy Garcia plays estranged identical twins -- Ruben and Robby Martinez -- whose Jekyll and Hyde personalities account for the battles pervading the film: love vs. evil. Set against the backdrop of Santa Barbara, California, the scenery was captivating and, if you're like me, you'll want to go there someday.

Ruben Martinez is the good brother. He possesses a big heart, decency and honor. He has a network of loving friends, a beautiful wife (Rachel Tinotort) and two adorable children.

Robby, on the other hand, is a cheating, selfish nihilist intent on coming out the "winner" by destroying Ruben. While Ruben's entourage is made up of friends and equals who he has deemed as "partners" in all his affairs, Robby's is made of a myriad of high-power executives whose loyalty is only as far-reaching as his fortune is large.

The romance element in this movie is wonderful and both Garcia and Tinotort are wonderful to watch. What particularly struck me in the movie was that, by Garcia playing dual roles, you can see the degree to which a loving attitude beautifies a person. Robby loses Ruben's attractiveness through his hardness.

Parts of this movie were really entertaining and fun. However, it meandered around a bit too much ands seemed to last at least 30 minutes too long.

  Frank Chris Linda  Avg. 
Steal Big, Steal Little        B-   B- 

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