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Once a Thief (1965)

Eddie Pedak, a convicted criminal, has a steady job, a wife and daughter and he puts a down payment on a boat. He also has a police detective and brother after him, the first believes Eddie... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Eddie Pedak
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Kristine Pedak
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Inspector Mike Vido SFPD
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Walter Pedak
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James Arthur Sargatanas, Walter's Henchman
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Lt. Kebner SFPD
Steve Mitchell ...
Frank Kane
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Kathy Pedak
Tony Musante ...
Cleveland 'Cleve' Shoenstein
Zekial Marko ...
Luke
Russell Lee ...
Drummer
Yuki Shimoda ...
John Ling, Chinese Funeral Director
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Storyline

Eddie Pedak, a convicted criminal, has a steady job, a wife and daughter and he puts a down payment on a boat. He also has a police detective and brother after him, the first believes Eddie shot him, the second wants him for one last heist. Written by Jonathan <jrd@netvision.net.il>

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- always a target, for either side of the law! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Release Date:

8 September 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Scratch a Thief  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The voice of Zekial Marko is dubbed by Paul Frees. See more »

Quotes

Inspector Mike Vido SFPD: Knock off the goofball talk, Pedak. Speak Gringo.
Eddie Pedak: Alright. How can you justify this one? Planning on losing me another job, is that it?
Inspector Mike Vido SFPD: No. No, this time it's different. This time I'm going to shove you into the gas chamber.
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Connections

Featured in The Background Beat (1965) See more »

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Once A Thief
Written by Lalo Schifrin & Dorcas Cochran
Performed by Irene Reid
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Good, Well Made Noir
11 June 2005 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

I suppose I like the cast better than the film, itself. Heflin, Palance, Ann-Margret, Chandler, and Delon are all watchable.

This may very well be Chandler's finest performance (and he was always good at playing bad guys).

The story is one we've all seen before, many times, yet the cast makes it worth watching. Ann-Margret might not have been as good as she could have been, but she's not really that bad.

Even the scenes involving the little girl work well, and the chemistry between she and Delon is exceptional.

The surprise ending is tense and exciting. Too bad there's no DVD of this film. I'd buy it.

Johnboy


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