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Once a Thief (1965)

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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

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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
John Davis Chandler ...
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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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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2.35 : 1
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The voice of Zekial Marko is dubbed by Paul Frees. See more »

Goofs

Although set in one of the least parking-friendly cities in the country, everyone in movie always manages to find a parking spot directly in front of wherever they are going in San Francisco. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Once a Thief (1991) See more »

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The Right To Love (Reflections)
Written by Lalo Schifrin & Gene Lees
Performed by Irene Reid
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31 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Any semi-serious movie buff or even casual viewer should be able to see that this film practically screams "Coen Brothers," 30 years before their time. The creepy blond character in "Fargo" is a dead ringer for the creepy blond bad guy in "Once a Thief," right down to the hairstyle. And the general ambiance of many scenes, as well as the ironic plot twists near the end, indicate that this movie was a big influence on the Coen bros, and to some extent, "where they went to school."

It should also be noted that though this is film noir, it's also "hip" film noir, a rare breed that includes Larry Moyer's "The Moving Finger" and precious few others of the time. In fact, both these movies were too hip for their time.


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