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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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Ralph Nelson

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Zekial Marko (screenplay), Zekial Marko (novel)
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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
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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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ONCE A THIEF...ALWAYS A TARGET with the cops on one side - the killers on the other! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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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

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Inspector Mike Vido's home address: 3 Peralta Avenue, San Francisco, California. 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 »

Soundtracks

Once A Thief
Written by Lalo Schifrin & Dorcas Cochran
Performed by Irene Reid
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Boring but with interesting parts
28 October 2002 | by funkyfrySee all my reviews

A down on his luck guy just out of prison can't hold down a job to support his wife (Ann-Margret, playing sort of a good girl this time, but overacting hysterically as usual) and kid. He isn't helped by the fact that a cop he shot years ago (Heflin) is out to get him and his brother's (Palance) cronies are trying to frame him for a murder. After he accepts a job with them out of desperation, his brother is killed and his daughter kidnapped by the 2 thugs, he turns to Van Heflin's character to help get her back.

Palance is quite good at adding some characterization to a standard role. Heflin also does well with a role the audience can identify with.


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