Ideals and reality clash in this humorous tale of the heist that could have been. As scheming career cat burglar Harry Dean (Michael Caine
) prepares to steal a priceless statue from the world's richest man, he seeks out the assistance of Eurasian showgirl Nicole Chang (Shirley MacLaine
). Though the likable rogue's plan seems foolproof as he conveys the details to his partner, Ram (Roger C. Carmel
), the execution proves to be a detailed study in Murphy's Law. Constantly reinventing the plan as his originally ideal scheme spirals ever more out of control, it seems as if Harry's heist is destined to fail.