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Year
1981
Runtime
123 min.
Director
Michael Mann
Genres
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Rating *
7.4
Votes *
14,902
Checks
2,706
Favs
270
Dislikes
13
Favs/checks
10.0% (1:10)
Favs/dislikes
21:1
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  1. mcbaniel's avatar

    mcbaniel

    The current movie DRIVE really reminded me of this movie. 11 years 3 months ago
  2. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    From the off in Thief, you know you're in good hands. As usual, Michael Mann makes wonderful use of lighting and locations - in this case, a wet nocturnal Chicago - wait, did I say "as usual"? You're telling me this was Mann's first feature film?! Well, wow, his visual style is already there. From the first couple shots. And though I'm not sure I like the love interest (it's too aggressive and reminded me of Rocky's), it's a pretty great heist story too. James Caan plays a safe cracker who, having been raised by the state and spent his 20s in prison, is impatient to get his life in order and secure what he sees as a kind of freedom, one where he calls the shots and no one else. That leads him to the opportunity to do "one last job" and ally with a top level gangster to make it happen. Along the way, he'll be asked to compromise his vision and thereby lies a tragedy in the making. As much character portrait as crime thriller, Thief is another one of Mann's riveting, glossy experiences. 1 year 4 months ago
  3. palefire's avatar

    palefire

    A gritty, well-framed film with a well-done Tangerine Dream soundtrack. James Caan is riveting as an irascible thief. This film managed to capture the working class ingenuity reminiscent of Becker's Le Trou. I enjoyed the mechanical detail of James Caan cracking safes and so on. Much better than Pierce Brosnan's The Thomas Crown Affair, et al., which really glosses over the hard work of thieving. An excellent film overall. 7 years 5 months ago
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In 6 official lists

  1. This movie ranks #58 in Spike Lee's Essential List of Films for Filmmakers
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  2. This movie ranks #95 in Time Out’s The 100 Best Thrillers
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  3. This movie ranks #365 in TSPDT's 1,000 Noir Films
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  4. This movie ranks #821 in The Criterion Collection
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  5. This movie ranks #916 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
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  6. This movie ranks #997 in Doubling the Canon
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