Thieves Like Us

Title: Thieves Like Us
Year: 1974
Director: Robert Altman
Actors: Keith Carradine, Shelley Duvall, John Schuck, Bert Remsen, Louise Fletcher, Ann Latham, Tom Skerritt, Al Scott, John Roper
Genre: Criminal, Drama, Romance
Country: USA

Why in Database: Turtles only in speech here, one of the characters tells a joke about a turtle, which the child brought back to the store with a complaint because it has burns/blisters on its paws. The seller found it impossible, but the turtle really did have them. So he exchanged it for him, and the boy took it and (this part is “shown”, ie the storyteller makes the appropriate movement with his hand) began to scratch with it on the counter, as if he was playing with a toy car.

– Hey, did y’all hear the one about the little boy that bought the turtle? Had one of them turtles, you know, that they paint pictures on. Well, the next day, he took it down to the store, and he grabbed the manager and he says, “Look,” he says, “My turtle got blisters on his feet.” Man looked at him and says, “That’s not possible, son.” He reached down, he took the turtle away from him, he looked at it. He says, “Son, I believe you’re right.” He says, “This turtle does have blisters on his feet.” Had two syrup buckets sitting over there on the counter. He reached over there and he dropped that turtle in one syrup bucket, and he reached down in that other syrup bucket and pulled out that turtle, and he handed it to the little boy. Little boy took that turtle, and he looked at it and he said, “Thank you, sir.” He put it right on top of the counter and he says…

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