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Thief
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(97 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


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Michael Mann

Michael Mann

(screen story)


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A very good movie

4 months, 4 weeks ago at Nov 20 12:48
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), Crime (3), Gangster (3), Action (3), Heist (3), Revenge (2), Usa (2), Prison (2), Money (2), Betrayal (2), 1981 (2), Drama (2), Thriller (2), Sort (1), Torture (1), SnP (1), Caper (1), Bank Robbery (1), Neo Noir (1), Spiritual Cinema (1)
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25 From 81: My Favorite Films Of 1981 (25 movies items)

"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 4 months, 4 weeks 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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