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The Thief Who Came to Dinner (1973)

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.

Director:

Bud Yorkin

Writers:

Walter Hill (screenplay by), Terrence Lore Smith (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ryan O'Neal ... Webster
Jacqueline Bisset ... Laura
Warren Oates ... Dave Reilly
Jill Clayburgh ... Jackie
Charles Cioffi ... Henderling
Ned Beatty ... Deams
Austin Pendleton ... Zukovsky
Gregory Sierra ... Dynamite
Michael Murphy ... Ted
John Hillerman ... Lasker
Alan Oppenheimer ... Insurance Man
Margaret Fairchild Margaret Fairchild ... Mrs. Donner
Jack Manning Jack Manning ... Tom Preston
Richard O'Brien Richard O'Brien ... Sgt. Del Conte
George Morfogen George Morfogen ... Rivera
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Bored and somewhat fed up with the open corruption around him, Webster McGee decides to quit his job as a computer engineer at Houston-based Control Data Corporation. What he doesn't tell his friends and now former associates is that he does have a plan for his future: to become a jewel thief. His initial primary motivation is not the money, but rather be what he considers an honest thief. His first successful theft against corrupt businessman Gene Henderling leads to several things. Out of circumstance, Webster is able to have a long list of potential future targets. Webster begins a relationship with poor but beautiful socialite Laura Keaton, to who he is open about what he now does as a living. Because he leaves at his thefts a calling card in the form a chess piece and a slip of paper with a chess move, Webster, being coined the Chess Burglar by the media, begins a very public chess match with the Houston Post's elitist chess columnist Zukovsky, who dismisses the Chess Burglar as ... Written by Huggo

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

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A sakkozó tolvaj See more »

Filming Locations:

Houston, Texas, USA See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The plaza where Webster and Dave have their final confrontation at the film's conclusion is the same used in Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972) for the battle between the ape forces and the human forces. See more »

Goofs

Travis is pulled over by police and is asked for the car's registration. In the 70s, Texas did not require that the registration receipt be kept in the car and officers did not ask for it. Hollywood got it wrong because in California drivers were required to present their "registration." See more »

Quotes

Webster: [meeting Laura for the first time] Maybe I've been nominated as a reformer.
Laura: No... only the women want to reform me. The men like me just as I am.
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Dryly humorous, engaging and well-cast...
8 April 2006 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Ryan O'Neal gives one of his better, looser performances in this crime-caper, a handsome comedy-drama involving a computer programmer-turned-jewel thief planning a major heist. Warren Oates is the insurance 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. Fine 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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