6.8/10
1,037
21 user 8 critic

Once a Thief (1965)

San Francisco ex-con Eddie Pedak wants to go straight but local cop Mike Vido, motivated by a personal vendetta, keeps harassing him while Eddie's brother, Walter, wants Eddie for one last major heist.

Director:

Ralph Nelson

Writers:

Zekial Marko (screenplay), Zekial Marko (novel)
Reviews
1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

L'insoumis (1964)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

1961. Luxemburger Thomas Vlassenroot deserted the French Foreign Legion during the Algiers Putsch. His lieutenant, Fraser, initiated the desertion for the two of them, Fraser believing he ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Cavalier
Stars: Alain Delon, Lea Massari, Georges Géret
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Charles (Jean Gabin), a sixtyish career criminal fresh out of jail, rejects his wife's plan for a quiet life of bourgeois respectability. He enlists a former cellmate, Francis (Alain Delon)... See full summary »

Director: Henri Verneuil
Stars: Jean Gabin, Alain Delon, Claude Cerval
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In 1789, when the Revolution went on, a bandit named "Black Tulip" held the surroundings of village Roussillon in fear. The poor people respected him as Robin Hood, who declare himself a ... See full summary »

Director: Christian-Jaque
Stars: Alain Delon, Virna Lisi, Dawn Addams
Certificate: M Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two adventurers and best friends, Roland and Manu, are the victims of a practical joke that costs Manu his pilot's license. With seeming contrition, the jokesters tell Roland and Manu about... See full summary »

Director: Robert Enrico
Stars: Alain Delon, Lino Ventura, Joanna Shimkus
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The body of a young woman is discovered near a farm. The judge Larcher is in charge and thinks that the farmers (Rose and Pierre) have a link with the murder.

Director: Jean Chapot
Stars: Simone Signoret, Alain Delon, Paul Crauchet
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In 1845 Texas, a Louisiana belle is courted by a wanted Spanish nobleman and a Texas brawling gunrunner but her suitors' passionate duel is interrupted by the cavalry and a Comanche attack.

Director: Michael Gordon
Stars: Dean Martin, Alain Delon, Rosemary Forsyth
Lost Command (1966)
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

French Army Colonel Raspeguy leads his paratroopers in battle against the Communist Viet Minh in Indochina and against Algerian guerrilla during the Algerian War.

Director: Mark Robson
Stars: Anthony Quinn, Alain Delon, George Segal
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After an overseas deployment, two former French Foreign Legion members plan to break into the vault of a French corporation.

Director: Jean Herman
Stars: Alain Delon, Charles Bronson, Brigitte Fossey
No Way Out (1973)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A mob hitman wants to retire, but his bosses don't think that's a good idea. Complications--and many bloody shootouts-ensue.

Director: Duccio Tessari
Stars: Alain Delon, Richard Conte, Carla Gravina
Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Julien and Agatha appear to be a great couple, loving, caring and seem to feel complete with each other. Though Julien often gives the impression of being interested in other girls, his ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Kahane
Stars: Alain Delon, Mireille Darc, Jane Davenport
Flic Story (1975)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

This movie depicts the authentic story of the hunt for the dangerous criminal Emile Buisson, who escaped from prison in 1947. During three years Buisson manages to hide from detective ... See full summary »

Director: Jacques Deray
Stars: Alain Delon, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Renato Salvatori
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Pierre is an antique dealer living in our modern fast paced society. The rub is he tries to move even faster than the surrounding world. Alain Delon and Mireille Darc (Pierre's wife) starr

Director: Édouard Molinaro
Stars: Alain Delon, Mireille Darc, Monica Guerritore
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alain Delon ... Eddie Pedak
Ann-Margret ... Kristine Pedak
Van Heflin ... Inspector Mike Vido SFPD
Jack Palance ... Walter Pedak
John Davis Chandler ... James Arthur Sargatanas, Walter's Henchman
Jeff Corey ... Lt. Kebner SFPD
Steve Mitchell Steve Mitchell ... Frank Kane
Tammy Locke ... Kathy Pedak
Tony Musante ... Cleveland 'Cleve' Shoenstein
Zekial Marko Zekial Marko ... Luke
Russell Lee Russell Lee ... Drummer
Yuki Shimoda ... John Ling, Chinese Funeral Director
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

ONCE A THIEF...ALWAYS A TARGET with the cops on one side - the killers on the other! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

France | USA

Language:

English | Italian | Cantonese

Release Date:

8 September 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Scratch a Thief See more »

Filming Locations:

San Francisco, California, USA

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$1,893,325 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

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.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Zong heng si hai (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

Once A Thief
Written by Lalo Schifrin & Dorcas Cochran
Performed by Irene Reid
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Quite a standard movie and story but brought well to the screen by cast & crew.
10 July 2006 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

Lets face it. The 'film-noir' period was already over its peak and as good as death already in 1965, when this movie was released. This movie is a late attempt to revive the film-noir genre, with some big names involved. They partly succeeded. The movie works quite well as a crime/thriller movie but it lacks the certain style, characters and subtle style of film-making to consider this movie a good attempt at the film-noir genre.

All of the classic ingredients are present here but everything doesn't always connect very well. Some of the story lines are underdeveloped and it often leaves more questions than answers. I still don't fully understand what the point was of the robbery/killing in the beginning of the movie. Some of the events in the movie feel silly but it luckily doesn't make the movie any less pleasant to watch. So even though everything in the movie is far from flawless it still is a good enough crime/thriller to watch.

The main plot line isn't anything too terribly exciting but it's told in a good way. Director Ralph Nelson brought the standard and thin story well to the screen and even manages to make the movie look exciting, thrilling and surprising.

The musical score by Lalo Schifrin is quite odd but its suits the movie very well and therefor I liked it.

The characters and cast are good and interesting. OK so Alain Delon might not be the best leading man but the supporting cast certainly compensates for this. Ann-Margret shows she is a great actress although she mainly only does some screaming and crying in this movie. It gets a bit too much after a while. Van Heflin and Jack Palance were also great and John Davis Chandler beautifully plays a ruthless villainous looking villain. He absolutely stole the show in most of the sequences he was present in.

A good enough crime/thriller that deserves to be seen.

7/10

http://bobafett1138.blogspot.com/


11 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 21 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

IMDb Freedive: Watch Movies and TV Series for Free

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites for free with IMDb Freedive. Start streaming on IMDb and Fire TV devices today!

Start watching

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed