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Thieves (1977)

Dramedy of a native New York married couple who splits up in an attempt to rediscover their sanity.

Directors:

John Berry, Alfred Viola (uncredited)

Writers:

Herb Gardner (screenplay), Herb Gardner (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlo Thomas ... Sally Cramer
Charles Grodin ... Martin Cramer
Irwin Corey ... Joe Kaminsky
Hector Elizondo ... Man Below
Mercedes McCambridge ... Street Lady
John McMartin ... Gordon
Gary Merrill ... Street Man
Ann Wedgeworth ... Nancy
Larry B. Scott ... Carlton (as Larry Scott)
Bob Fosse ... Mr. Day
Norman Matlock ... Mr. Night
Ian Martin ... Devlin
Janet Colazzo Janet Colazzo ... Marianna
Kenneth Kimmins ... Stanley (as Ken Kimmins)
Santos Morales Santos Morales ... Perez
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Storyline

Martin and Sally Cramer are a well-off couple of thirty-something New Yorkers whose once loving marriage is now stuck in a rut. Martin works as the principal of an elite private school and the enthusiasm and rebel spirit of his youth are now long gone. However, Sally is still the hopeful idealist and optimist she always was and prides herself with her hard work as the English teacher in a grade school in an impoverished crime-ridden neighborhood, where she's loved by the kids. They are both suffering from midlife crisis in a way, but they're dealing with it in an opposite manner. Martin has become a depressed nihilistic mediocrity and he accepts it. Sally has become frustrated by the lack of effort from both her husband and some of her troubled pupils to make things better for themselves and others, but she still has some lust for life left. Eventually, she realizes that their marriage is going nowhere fast and decides to leave Martin despite being in the early stage of pregnancy. ...

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A comedy about love, marriage, reconciliation and other acts of courage.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Trivia

Most of the cast of the Broadway production of this play continued on to the film, though Richard Mulligan as Martin was replaced by Charles Grodin. Grodin had produced and directed the play, though did neither for the film. See more »

Goofs

Marlo Thomas mispronounces the name of the theater as LO-EEZ when it is pronounced as LOWES. See more »

Quotes

Nancy: God damn my eyes, and forget the color of my hair, but don't every call me 'dumb', I got smarts up here I never used.
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Soundtracks

The Kaminsky Rag
Composed and Performed by Jule Styne
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Scratch your head until it bleeds....
6 November 2010 | by RitchCSSee all my reviews

One can sit down and make a list of the movies that SHOULD be released on DVD and make an even longer list of the ones that should NEVER have been put on VHS, much less DVD or Blu-Ray. Academy Award nominated screenplays, performances, direction, etc. To mention just a few, why hasn't "The Dark At the Top of the Stairs" by William Inge with Oscar nominated performance by the wonderful 'music man', Robert Preston never been released on DVD? How about, "Dear Heart" with two of the greatest actors and performances ever captivated on celluloid, the amazing Geraldine Page (Oscar nominated) and the ever-always great, Glen Ford? Where's Ted Turner's push to save great films? Where is Martin Scorsese doing the same? One could scratch their head wondering. But one could scratch his head until it bleeds wondering why this masterpiece of dialogue and monologues as only Herb Gardner could write, is sitting on some dusty shelf turning to immortal dust. As a write said (above my message) Irwin Corey's speech is one that will never be forgotten by those of us lucky enough to have seen "Thieves". Had the film been made in black and white with a monster as a character, it would have been on the DVD rental shelves YEARS AGO. Marlo Thomas and Charles Grodin, BOTH terrific actors, giving two award-deserving performances only alive in the memory of the few of us who loved the film. MARTIN! TED! PLEASE! Don't overlook this title while you're deciding which movies to save...add "Dark at the Top" and "Dear Heart" to the list as well! THANX!!!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 1978 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Thieves Like Us See more »

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Brut Productions See more »
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Mono

Color:

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1.85 : 1
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