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The Thief Who Came to Dinner (1973)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  1 March 1973 (USA)
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A computer programmer decides to become a thief. And when he starts making waves an insurance investigator hounds him. He also meets a woman who becomes his accomplice.

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Webster McGee
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Laura Keaton
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Dave Reilly
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Jackie Johnson
Charles Cioffi ...
Gene Henderling
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Deams
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Zukovsky
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Dynamite Hector
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Ted
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Edmund Lasker
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Insurance Man
Margaret Fairchild ...
Mrs. Donner
Jack Manning ...
Tom Preston
Richard O'Brien ...
Police Sgt. Del Conte
George Morfogen ...
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A computer programmer decides to become a thief. And when he starts making waves an insurance investigator hounds him. He also meets a woman who becomes his accomplice.

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Webster and Laura took everything they wanted ... each other ... and a diamond worth $6.000.000.

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Comedy | Romance

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SEK 870,833 (Sweden)
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Walter Hill's screenplay, based on the novel by Terrence Lore Smith, shifts the plot locale from Chicago to Houston and completely leaves out the relationship development between Webster/Dave and Dave/Jackie (called Lina in the book) and the gradual physical change in Webster (in the book, he starts out as balding with a broken nose and scars from college football, but has hair grafts, dental work, rhinoplasty and scar removal, whereas in the film he is "pretty" from start to finish). See more »

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Webster: [last lines; Dave has finally caught Webster doing a robbery] Did you bring your gun with you?
Dave: What do you think?
Webster: Because that's the only way you're going to bring me in. Jail does not suit my lifestyle. So if you want to bring me in, you're going to have to shoot me.
Dave: [pause, then] Maybe I'll just have to do that.
Webster: If you feel about me the way I've grown to feel about you... then I don't envy you.
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Dryly humorous, engaging and well-cast...
8 April 2006 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Ryan O'Neal gives one of his better, looser performances in this crime-caper, a handsome comedy-drama involving a high society thief planning a major heist. Warren Oates is the investigator in dogged pursuit, Jacqueline Bisset (at her most lovely) plays a love-interest in on the action, Austin Pendleton is very funny as a nerdy chess pro, and wonderfully blithe Jill Clayburgh makes a big impression in the minor role of O'Neal's ex-wife. Engaging fluff with tongue wryly in cheek, well-directed by Bud Yorkin. Terrific non-think entertainment for cable-watchers, yet this did seem a little flat when it played in theaters. **1/2 from ****


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