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Thief of Hearts (1984) Poster

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The make and model of the car driven by Scott Muller (Steven Bauer) was a classic 1960 red Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster coupe.
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Debut film as a director for writer Douglas Day Stewart.
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First American / Hollywood film scored by composer by Harold Faltermeyer.
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Director Douglas Day Stewart did not direct another feature film for another five years until Listen to Me (1989) debuted in 1989.
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One of two 1984 movies with a score soundtrack composed by Harold Faltermeyer. The other picture was Beverly Hills Cop (1984) whose soundtrack was very popular and successful.
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First top-billed lead role of actor Steven Bauer.
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Thief of Hearts (1984) is the first of only two cinema films directed by Douglas Day Stewart. The other movie is Listen to Me (1989).
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One of the first credited roles [the fifth] in a cinema movie for actor David Caruso.
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Final film as a visual consultant for Italian art director Ferdinando Scarfiotti.
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Actor Steven Bauer and visual consultant Ferdinando Scarfiotti previously both worked on Scarface (1983) the year before.
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The second movie producer collaboration of producer partners Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer. The movie was one of two 1984 releases the two produced together in that year. The other, their third collaboration, was Beverly Hills Cop (1984). Their first had been Flashdance (1983).
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This Paramount Picture was often likened and compared to that studio's earlier 1980 film American Gigolo (1980) which had been made and released about four years earlier. At least about a half a dozen key crew worked on both movies including producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
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Writer-director Douglas Day Stewart had previously written the Academy Award nominated screenplay for An Officer and a Gentleman (1982) for the Paramount Pictures studio which also produced this movie.
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One of two 1984 cinema movies that actor John Getz appeared in that were first released in that year. The other picture was the Coen Brothers' Blood Simple (1984). In both these films, Getz played a character who was first named "Ray".
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Steven Bauer was cast in the lead role in this picture just after his appearance in his breakthrough film role in Brian De Palma's then recent Al Pacino gangster-epic Scarface (1983).
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The production period of principal photography on this picture ran for about two months from mid February 1984 until mid April 1984.
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Star Billing: Steven Bauer (1st), Barbara Williams (2nd) and John Getz (3rd).
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Debut starring role in an American Hollywood movie for Canadian actress Barbara Williams.
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Vincent Canby of the New York Times newspaper stated that the movie was "the first film to be directed as well as written by Douglas Day Stewart (An Officer and a Gentleman (1982))".
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Writer-director Douglas Day Stewart first conceived this motion picture during the mid 1970s.
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The picture was able to go into development after writer-director Douglas Day Stewart had had box-office success due to his produced screenplay for The Blue Lagoon (1980).
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Actress Diane Keaton and actor Warren Beatty were considered to play the leads of the wife and the thief during the film's development but in the end writer-director Douglas Day Stewart decided to cast younger leads in the two lead roles. Beatty and Keaton had starred in Reds (1981) for the Paramount Pictures studio which produced Thief of Hearts (1984).
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The picture's development occurred at three Hollywood movie studios. The film project started at the Columbia Pictures studio, where writer-director Douglas Day Stewart, who had had success with The Blue Lagoon (1980), had done a deal with the studio to direct his first cinema movie. Early drafts of the movie screenplay suggested the film would be a "psycho-thriller" and Columbia executives put the picture into turnaround whereupon the 20th Century Fox studio picked-up an option to produce the movie under chief Sherry Lansing. When Lansing left Fox, management there also did not want to pursue the picture, and also put it into turnaround, upon which Douglas Day Stewart took it to Paramount, where coincidentally, Lansing had gone.
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The movie was the first film in an exclusive five picture deal between the Paramount Pictures studio and production house Don Simpson/Jerry Bruckheimer Films. This was announced in the 11th January 1984 edition of show-business trade paper 'The Hollywood Reporter'.
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Reportedly, Douglas Day Stewart wrote twenty-seven different drafts of the movie's screenplay across about a four year period of the picture whilst in development hell.
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One of the film's producers Jerry Bruckheimer had previously been one of the head producers on the similarly titled picture called Thief (1981) which had debuted about three years earlier.
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Production on this picture reportedly wrapped about two days ahead of schedule according to the movie's production notes.
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The movie's closing credits declare: "The producers would like to thank the following: City of San Francisco, Tiffany & Co., KPIX 5 San Francisco."
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The movie was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award, for Worst Music Score for Giorgio Moroder for two films, Moroder's new score for this movie, along also with Moroder's soundtrack for his 1984 version of Fritz Lang's Metropolis (1927), but the Razzie was won by Peter Bernstein and Elmer Bernstein for their love scenes score from Bolero (1984) starring Bo Derek.
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First of two consecutive feature films for the Paramount Pictures studio for actor David Caruso whose next cinema movie was Paramount's Blue City (1986).
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