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James Caan, Tuesday Weld, Willie Nelson, Jim Belushi View All


Michael Mann (Screenplay), Michael Mann (Director) View All

Release: Mar. 27th, 1981
Runtime: 2 hours, 2 minutes
Frank is an expert professional safecracker, specialized in high-profile diamond heists. He plans to use his ill-gotten income to retire from crime and build a nice life for himself complete with a home, wife and kids. To accelerate the process, he signs on with a top gangster for a big score.
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Willie Nelson did a good job, come to think of it, and I think the film could have benefited from his being used more, but again there's too little of the good stuff in this film and too much bad.
The icy resolve in this film is so poetic and intense that I almost had to stop the film and breath for a few minutes.
Long before scoring with films like Heat and Collateral, Michael Mann made a truly impressive feature length film debut as the executive producer, screenwriter, and director of 1981's Thief an edgy and stylishly mounted crime drama that is anchored by, arguably, the greatest performance of the late ....
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