In Thief, James Caan plays Frank, a professional jewel thief who wants to marry Jessie (Tuesday Weld) and settle down into a normal life. In order to achieve his dream of a family, Frank--who is used to working solo--has to align himself with a crime boss named Leo (Robert Prosky), who will help him gain the money he needs to begin his domestic life. Frank plans to retire after the heist, yet he finds himself indebted to Leo and he struggles to break free. Thief is the first feature film from director Michael Mann and it seethes with his stylish, atmospheric direction. Though his cool approach may put off some viewers, it's a distinctive and effective story-telling approach, and Caan's performance ranks among his very best, making Thief a crime movie like few others. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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If you're a fan of Michael Mann's work, this is an early gem that you must see. It reminded of a later movie he made in the 90's called "Heat". Similar story line and feel. Great soundtrack from the German band Tangerine Dream too. It's not an Oscar type movie, but it's definitely worth watching once. Check it out.
James Cann is "da man" in this movie. Lots of great lines and a spacey rock soundtrack add to the feel. This flick is not bombastic like today's action movies and that's one of the things I like about it. Seems much more real and much less Hollywood. Give it a try, especially if you like James Cann.
I'm a huge Mann fan. Even liked Miami Vice and The Keep. But Thief has always been my favorite film of his, and if I'm not mistaken it's his first film. James Caan is brilliant as usual, and you also get what may be Jim Belushi's only good performance. Plus the atmosphere is signature Mann, which is what makes most of his movies even better than they would be. I don't go by the Auteur Theory too often, but if it exists, Mann is the leader of the pack.