Thief (1981)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: March 27, 1981
DVD Release Date: May 15, 2001
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

A slick Chicago crime-drama with a well-developed sense of pathos running throughout.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Mr. Mann may well become a very good theatrical film maker but, among other things, he's going to have to learn how to edit himself, to resist the temptation to allow dialogue that is colorful to turn, all of a sudden, into deep, abiding purple.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Caan delivers what might be the best performance of his career.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A philosophical thriller filled with modernist cool.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a deliberately-paced character study that's peppered with heist-like elements...

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Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central

Ground zero for Michael Mann--his origin story...

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Ross McIndoe
The Skinny

Thief wears its genre as a badge of honour from the very first scene.

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

James Caan gives a standout performance, investing in Frank a sense of determination that runs contrary to the fatalistic drive of the narrative.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Kase Vollebregt
Mann's feature debut is a gritty mass of machismo and kinetic energy, and James Caan turns in one of his greatest performances.
Chris Weber
Michael Mann made his feature length directorial debut with this slick and stylish neo-noir heist thriller, and, though he perfected his craft later on with the… More
jay nixon
Gritty with good performances. Another example that Tuesday Weld really should have worked more than she did.
Aj V
A stylish all star movie with a simple and utterly predictable story. It's just okay.
Melvin White
Frank: Look, you wanna pinch me then pinch me... I'll be out in ten minutes. If not, GET THE FUCK OFF MY CAR!  "Tonight, his take home pay is… More
El Hombre Invisible
You probably don't know this about me. Part of what I do for a living is cracking safes open. I'm pretty good at it. So, when watching heist films,… More