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Thief
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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


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Michael Mann Michael Mann
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A very good movie

2 years, 2 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 intends to retire and become a model citizen. In an effort to accelerate this process, he signs on to take down a huge score for a big-time gangster. Unfortunately, Frank's obsession for his version of the American Dream allows him to overlook his natural wariness and mistrust, when making the deal for h ... (more)
Release date: 27 March 1981
UPC: 027616702425
Tags: 1980s (5), Heist (3), Gangster (3), Action (3), Usa (3), Crime (3), 1981 (3), Prison (2), Drama (2), Thriller (2), Betrayal (2), Revenge (2), Money (2), Spiritual Cinema (1), 80's (1), SnP (1), Torture (1), Sort (1), Police Corruption (1), Caper (1)
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"10.4. Thief tarjoilee Michael Mannille tyypillistä hidastempoista tunnelmointia, joka tuntuu jostain kumman syystä yllättävän jännittävältä. Yöllinen autoilu toimii taas vaihteeksi upean soundtrackin kanssa erinomaisesti. Tavallisena ryöstöleffanakin Thief on sellainen ihan mukiinmenevä tapaus. "


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"10.02.2015 James Caan haaveilee paremmasta elämästä, mutta mafia pakottaa hänet tekemään kassakaappien murtokeikkoja. On kyllä ihan vitun selvää, että Caan on jätkistä kovin ja on vieläpä elämänsä elementissä Thiefissä. Lisäksi Mannin tyyli kuvata öisiä katuja hipoo täydellisyyttä. Siihen päälle kun ynnätään vielä Tangerine Dreamin vangitseva soundtrack, hyvin yksityiskohtaisesti kuvatut keikat ja erittäin kovaksi keitetty loppu, niin onhan tämä törkeän napakka"


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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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