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Thief
7.7 Rating
(110 ratings)
7.4 IMDB rating

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James Caan

James Caan

Frank
Tuesday Weld

Tuesday Weld

Jessie
Tom Signorelli

Tom Signorelli

Attaglia
Nick Nickeas

Nick Nickeas

Nick


Written by
Michael Mann

Michael Mann

(screen story)


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A very good movie

11 months ago at Nov 20 18:48
Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this flick but since I’m a huge fan of Michael Mann’s work, I was really eager to check it out. Eventually, even though it is one of his more obscure movies, I was actually impressed by the damned thing and, in my opinion, it is easily one of his best directing efforts. Indeed, I always had a weak spot for heist features and this flick is, by far, ... read more
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Description: Frank is an expert professional safecracker, specializing in high-profile diamond jobs. After having spent many years in prison, he has a very concrete picture of what he wants out of life--including a nice home, a wife, and kids. As soon as he is able to assemble the pieces of this collage, by means of his chosen profession, he inten ... (more)
Release date: 27 March 1981
UPC: 027616702425
1980s (4), Heist (3), Gangster (3), Action (3), 1981 (3), Crime (3), Prison (2), Drama (2), Thriller (2), Betrayal (2), Revenge (2), Money (2), Usa (2), Caper (1), HQ (1), 80's (1), Neo Noir (1), Vault (1), Torture (1), Spiritual Cinema (1)
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Movies/TV Watched 2014 (143 movies items)

"Yksi tyylikkäimmistä elokuvista mitä olen nähnyt. Puhdasta ja ennen kaikkea raakaa elokuvan tekoa Mannilta. Ilman Heatiä tämä olisi suosikkielokuvani häneltä. James Caanin paras roolityö suoraviivaisena ja täsmällisenä alan miehenä. Tangerine Dream on myös luonut maagisen soundtrackin elokuvaan. Se yhdistettynä Mannin upeisiin kuvauksiin. En pysty hehkuttamaan enempää, koska saatan räjähtää sisältä. "


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" Directed by Michael Mann Starring James Caan, Tuesday Weld, Wille Nelson, James Belushi, Robert Prosky, Tom Signorelli, Dennis Farina, William L. Petersen, Del Close and Michael Paul Chan "


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"Before there was Michael Mann's 1995 heist film Heat with Godfather alumnis Robert Deniro & Al Pacino, there was Michael Mann's 1981 heist film Thief, starring another of The Godfather alumni, James Caan. Here in the U.S., we all share the same goal of achieving the American Dream; a nice house, a beautiful wife, 2.3 kids and a nice bank account to sustain it all. And while most people try to achieve that dream through a solid education and an honest paycheck, there are a few who choose a dif"


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"  A very stark, moody, and atmospheric crime movie. The soundtrack, is great also. Thief is one of my favorite crime dramas of all time."


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johanlefourbe posted a review 11 months ago

A very good movie

“Honestly, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this flick but since I’m a huge fan of Michael Mann’s work, I was really eager to check it out. Eventually, even though it is one of his more obscure movies, I was actually impressed by the damned thing and, in my opinion, it is easily one of his best directing efforts. Indeed, I always had a weak spot for heist features and this flick is, by far, the best one I have ever seen. Right from the start, you get an amazing opening scene during which you have one of the most realistic heist I have ever seen in a movie. Apparently, the burglary tools used throughout the film were not props, but actual tools which were supplied by actual thieves who served as technical consultants on the film. Therefore, the whole thing felt really raw and pretty r” read more

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"Before there was Michael Mann's 1995 heist film Heat with Godfather alumnis Robert Deniro & Al Pacino, there was Michael Mann's 1981 heist film Thief, starring another of The Godfather alumni, James Caan. Here in the U.S., we all share the same goal of achieving the American Dream; a nice house, a beautiful wife, 2.3 kids and a nice bank account to sustain it all. And while most people try to achieve that dream through a solid education and an honest paycheck, there are a few who choose a dif"


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"2.2. Michael Mannin ensimmäinen kunnolla noteerattu ohjaus puolestaan on niitä elokuvia, jotka käytännössä perustuvat soundtrackiinsa. Ilman Tangerine Dreamin ääniraitaa sekä äärimmäisen näyttäviä ryöstö- ja toimintakohtauksia leffasta tuskin olisi mihinkään, sillä draamaosiot jättävät tällä erää harmillisen kylmäksi. Etenkään roolitus ei toimi, ja ohjaaja tekee selkeän virheen etäännyttäessään katsojan lähes kokonaan jo ennestään etäisistä hahmoista. Li"


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"6.1. Michael Mann on koko uransa ajan ollut kiinnostunut rikollisten elämän ja mielenmaiseman kuvaamisesta eikä miehen ensimmäinen pitkä fiktioelokuva ole mikään poikkeus. Elokuvan parasta antia ovatkin juuri ryöstökohtaukset, joissa Mann esittelee yksityiskohtaisesti ja realistisesti rikollisten toimintatapoja. Hän ei kuvaa heidän keikkojaan laittomana tekona vaan käsityön taidonnäytteenä, joka kertoo kokemuksesta, sitoutumisesta ja määrätietoisuudesta. Valitettavasti elokuv"


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