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Thief (1981)

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Coming closer to his dream of leading a normal life, a professional safecracker agrees to do a job for the Mafia, who has other plans for him.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Frank
... Jessie
... Okla
... Barry (as James Belushi)
... Leo
Tom Signorelli ... Attaglia
... Carl
Nick Nickeas ... Nick
W.R. Brown ... Mitch (as W.R. [Bill] Brown)
Norm Tobin ... Guido
John Santucci ... Urizzi
Gavin MacFadyen ... Boreksco
Chuck Adamson ... Ancell
Sam Cirone ... Martello
Spero Anast ... Bukowski
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Frank is an expert professional safecracker, specializing in high-profile diamond jobs. After having spent many years in prison, he has a very concrete picture of what he wants out of life--including a nice home, a wife, and kids. As soon as he is able to assemble the pieces of this collage, by means of his chosen profession, he intends to retire and become a model citizen. In an effort to accelerate this process, he signs on to take down a huge score for a big-time gangster. Unfortunately, Frank's obsession for his version of the American Dream allows him to overlook his natural wariness and mistrust, when making the deal for his final job. He is thus ensnared and robbed of his freedom, his independence, and, ultimately, his dream. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Tonight, his take home pay is $410,000...tax free.


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27 March 1981 (USA)  »

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Der Einzelgänger  »

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$5,500,000 (estimated)

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$11,492,915
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The Green Mill is a Jazz club and cocktail lounge in uptown Chicago at Lawrence and Broadway. It was a favorite hangout for Al Capone and his henchmen. There are several historic items on the walls and a particular booth that Capone preferred because it allows a clear view of the front AND rear doors, thus making it difficult for anyone to sneak up on him and his associates while they were doing business. Truly a classic Chicago icon, the Green Mill is worth a visit! See more »

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Late in the film, when Frank gets out of his car to plant the bomb at his bar, the Green Mill, the lights used to illuminate the scene are clearly visible in the car door as the door's angle changes. When he opens the car door to get back in, the lights are visible again. See more »

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Unnamed Detective: You're a stand-up guy. You're a real stand-up guy. You got a mouth, you can take a trimming. You could make things easy for everybody. But no. You gotta be a goof. You're real good. No violence. Strictly professional. I'd probably like you. I'd like to go to the track, ball games. Stuff like that, you know? Frank, there's ways of doing things that round off the corners, make life easy for everybody. What's wrong with that? There's plenty to go around. We know what you take down. We know you got...
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Confrontation
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Written by Craig Safan
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A thrilling, underrated gem ahead of its time
23 October 2010 | by See all my reviews

I've always been impressed by Micheal Mann's films. Starting with The Insider, I was intrigued by his camera-work and the use of music to compliment a scene.

With Thief, his directorial debut, he shows what movie fans will be in store for over the 30 years. Of course some of the techniques to steal are dated, but I loved the glossy, yet gritty atmosphere of the film. Tuesday Weld, was also quite good as Caan's love interest. It has an amazing ending as well.

The film is Waaaaaaay ahead of its time. And I was genuinely impressed with James Caans performance. This film is an underrated gem and should be viewed by Mann fans who liked Heat and Collateral.

8/10


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