Thief

Thief

Thief

Screen legend James Caan (The Godfather) is a professional safecracker looking to snatch enough money to call it quits in this 1981 neo-noir crime thriller. The feature debut of Oscar-nominated filmmaker Michael Mann (The Insider), adapting Frank Hohimer's novel The Home Invaders: Confessions of a Cat Burglar.

1981Rating: R16, Offensive language123 minsUSA
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Variety

Variety

The basic story centers on Caan’s work, which becomes increasingly complicated by his new association. Oddly enough, Mann’s major flaw is being a bit too meticulous in delineating the process Caan must go through in order to make a big score.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Michael Mann's "Thief" is a film of style, substance, and violently felt emotion, all wrapped up in one of the most intelligent thrillers I've seen.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

As in Mann’s later films, the production’s authenticity formed the basis for an extremely stylized approach to form, as though the “reality” of the on-screen action were an excuse to make it seem as expressively unreal as possible.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Mr. Mann may well become a very good theatrical film maker but, among other things, he's going to have to learn how to edit himself, to resist the temptation to allow dialogue that is colorful to turn, all of a sudden, into deep, abiding purple. Time after time scenes start off well and slip into unintentionally comic excess.

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