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R| 2 hr. 2 min.

Plot Summary
A highly skilled jewel thief, Frank (James Caan) longs to leave his dangerous trade and settle down with his girlfriend, Jessie (Tuesday Weld). Eager to make one last big score in order to begin living a legitimate life, Frank reluctantly associates with Leo (Robert Prosky), a powerful gangster. Unfortunately for Frank, Leo wants to keep him in his employ, resulting in a tense showdown when he finally tries to give up his criminal activities once and for all.

Cast: James Caan , Tuesday Weld , Willie Nelson , James Belushi , Robert Prosky , Tom Signorelli , Dennis Farina , Nick Nickeas

Director: Michael Mann

Genres: Crime drama

Distributor: United Artists

The Thief (1981)

Release Date: July 17th, 1998|2 hr. 2 min.

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  • It's one of those films where you feel the authority right away: This movie knows its characters, knows its story, and knows exactly how it wants to tell us about them. show more

  • Realism by nature offends the dogmatic, and Michael Mann, in a writing-directing debut that makes one want to see his next movie instantly, is a devotee of the realistic in factual essentials, if not in esthetics. [27 Mar 1981] show more

  • Debut features are rarely this confident and accomplished, much less such a perfect blueprint of what to expect from a filmmaker down the line. show more

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