Smash & Grab

Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers is a 2013 documentary by Havana Marking based upon the international jewel thief network called the Pink Panthers. The film had a limited release on 31 July 2013 and had a wider release in the United Kingdom on September 27, 2013. It was pitched at the 2010 Sheffield Doc/Fest MeetMarket prior to completion.

Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers
Directed byHavana Marking
StarringTomislav Tom Benzon
Daniel Vivian
Jasmin Topalusic
Music bySimon Russell
CinematographyRichard Gillespie
Joshua Z Weinstein (segment "New York City")
Edited byJoby Gee
Roast Beef Productions
Release date
  • July 31, 2013 (2013-07-31)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom, United States, Serbia and Montenegro


The film features Closed-circuit television footage from several of the jewel heists attributed to the Pink Panthers, who are credited with over 300 jewel thefts throughout the world. Interspersed throughout the documentary are interviews with various personas such as crime experts as well as anonymous interviews with persons claiming to be members of the Pink Panthers. Smash & Grab also features several segments that follow Mike (Tomislav Tom Benzon), Mr. Green (Daniel Vivian), and Lena (Jasmin Topalusic), fictionalized depictions of members of the Pink Panthers.


Critical reception has been largely positive.[1][2] As of October 2, 2013, review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes has the film listed as 83% "fresh" based upon 15 reviews.[3] The Guardian gave the film four stars, commenting that it "asks some fascinating questions – and has fascinating footage to match".[4]


  1. James, Lauren. "'Smash & Grab: The Story Of The Pink Panthers': Jewel Thieves In Their Own Words (review)". Contact Music. Retrieved 2 October 2013.
  2. "Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers". Metacritic. Retrieved 2 October 2013.
  3. "Smash & Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers (2012)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2 October 2013.
  4. McCalhill, Mike (26 September 2013). "Smash and Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 October 2013.
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