Streaming Video - 1981
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Michael Mann directs this stylishly photographed action-packed drama that stars James Caan as a master safe cracker who is planning his last heist for the sake of a woman (Tuesday Weld).
Publisher: [United States] : MGM, 1981.
Branch Call Number: eVideo hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 video file (approximately 123 min.)) :,sd., col.
digital, rda
video file, rda


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Jun 30, 2019

Such a good film. James Caan has one last job. Caan is so good in these really direct kinds of characters. Tight story. Michael Mann directed. Some very impressive shots in the city. They give a tone to the film. James Belushi supports. Before digital, but the film holds its own. Worth the watch.

Oct 21, 2018

Hands down, the best heist movie ever made! Complex and compelling, it's a movie you have to spend some time with to fully appreciate. I saw it on it's original release in 1981 and never forgot it. What an impression, I've seen this movie several times over the years and never tire of it.

Apr 16, 2018

It's interesting to see analog safecracking tools and methods being used before the digital age, especially the special portable cutting lance for metal alloys of titanium. I would rate "Thief" at 3.50 stars.

Aug 24, 2017

One of the greatest movies ever made, before Heat by Michael Mann this was the benchmark of crime dramas this is the first chapter of these type of movies was the father of Heat, Michael Mann made this first before Miami Vice before Heat before all of them came Thief, the soundtrack by Tangerine Dream did music for Bladerunner and a lot of 1980's classics. Add in they were going to do the music for Dune, the original that was going to be made by Jodorowsky came close was to star Mick Jagger, Dali as the emperor.
Thief was made from the book The Home Invaders by Frank Hohimer who was the last of the real life cat burglars, he only stole jewels. No violence no nothing but go in take the goods do little damage respect the property, last of the gentlemen burglars he Frank Hohimer actually was on set consultant while wanted by the FBI, true story.
Based on the real life of Frank Hohimer, James Caan captures the real life of Frank Hohimer aka John Seybold a man that was an American original. Only James Caan could have done this, at this time in this era. He pulled it off like no one else could have.

Apr 10, 2017

The great soundtrack by Tangerine Dream and opening night scene sets the tone. Perks your interest immediately in the same way the movie "Drive" (2011,Ryan Gosling) does decades later. James Caan plays the tough guy crook with a set code of morals for his business (thievery).
Not the kind of man you want to change your deal on.
If you seen Caan's other movies, or his tv series "Las Vegas"(2003-2008), then you know how cool he is.
For fans of movies of the crime genre, like Heat (1995,Robert De Niro).
Also, I think this was Jim Belushi's first movie role.

Sep 06, 2016

I saw "Thief" upon its original release back in 1981. I was so surprised how well the movie holds up. The stylish atmosphere of the cinematography with it dark blurred pastels and streaking water, a wonderful soundtrack by Tangerine Dream and a fine cast (I'm unsure about Willie Nelson's acting, however) heading by James Caan in a role of a lifetime.

May 08, 2016

Director/screenwriter Michael Mann’s highly atmospheric noir thriller is an often muddled hodgepodge of dark psychodrama and even darker policier. Hiring actual cops and ex-cons as technical advisors Mann leaves his moral compass at home for it seems everyone in Frank’s world operates on threats and violence: the bad guys are beyond ruthless; the police punch first and ask questions later; and Frank himself is an angry confrontational loner prone to sudden outbursts. Pretty standard Charles Bronson fare with affected performances all around ("Thief" received several Razzie and Stinkers nominations). What saves Mann’s film from relative obscurity however is its keen sense of style and meticulous attention to detail. Shot in murky shades of blue with an intrusive electro soundtrack by Tangerine Dream, "Thief’s" perpetually rain-soaked neon landscapes call to mind Ridley Scott’s "Bladerunner" while the occasional foray into sunlit suburbia provides the necessary contrast between Frank’s grungy reality and domestic dreams. The high-tech burglary scenes themselves, involving actual tools of the trade, are fascinating.

Dec 08, 2015

If you like crime/heist movies and have never seen this (as I had not), you have here a real hidden gem. The stunning, beautiful opening sequence was the first I ever saw on blu-ray. It made quite an impression. Director Michael Mann is a true auteur and this film was a landmark of the genre.
Mann's use of real criminals and policemen as technical advisors and actors; as well as his familiarity with the color and undercurrents of his hometown Chicago, all contributed to the gritty realism of the film. Inspired by the electronic soundtrack to Midnight Express, Mann's collaboration with Tangerine Dream was also a landmark.

Sep 02, 2015

If you are looking for real drama and action, this movie is a WASTE OF TIME. MUCH boring at the last 1/4 of the movie

Apr 15, 2015

This is a 1981 neo-noir film written and directed by Michael Mann, based on the 1975 novel "The Home Invaders: Confessions of a Cat Burglar" by "Frank Hohimer"---the pen name of real-life jewel thief John Seybold.
It is a visually dazzling and profoundly gripping heist drama, capturing the chilling suspense and human drama of professional thief with incredibly realistic details.
The problem with this film is that none of the characters are likable.
At the end you would feel depressed.
I wonder Why the director and producer waste the money to make such a film only to depict the corrupt and not-worth-living world?
At least, however, it is good to know that there might be some corrupt policemen in our own world.

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