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Thief (1981) Movie Information

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Michael Mann


Tuesday Weld
James Caan
James Belushi
Dennis Farina
Willie Nelson
Robert Prosky





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A safe cracker is trying to begin a normal life when the mob comes calling for one last job as he scrambles to protect the ones he loves.

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Snoogans 06/08/2015 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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There are nuggets of Mann's potential throughout. Signs of a great director in the making. The story is the major flaw. It's pretty stereotypical and doesn't offer much investment with the characters or situations, despite the best efforts of James Caan and the rest of the cast. There's no central focus or urgency to this piece and the heisting is an afterthought. Shame it has to be that way in a movie called 'Thief'. In the end, it's just another crime movie.

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Alex 07/04/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Mann, who is often the expert of drama and atmosphere, didn't quite have a good grip on it yet when he made this movie. With a pretty good cast and a normal plot, I expected a little more. Mann fans will want to check this one out.

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01/27/2017 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

"Thief" by Yojimbo

A freelance professional thief accepts one last contract from the mob so he can retire with his new family. Michael Mann's Hollywood debut is a neo-Noir that displays a lot of the potential he would come to realise later in his career. He makes great use of light and reflective surfaces to create a nocturnal cityscape that makes for a beautiful backdrop to the story and this combined with the synth-rock soundtrack by Tangerine Dream was an obvious influence on Nicolas Winding Refn when he made Drive. The audio-visual aspect to the film is a double-edged sword however, as the score becomes overly intrusive in places and the style does sometimes get in the way of the substance. The plot is also rather generic and James Caan's bullish interpretation of the leading character makes him rather ...

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