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Thief (1981)

High-class jewel thief Frank (James Caan) attempts to settle down and lead a normal life with his girlfriend, Jessie (Tuesday Weld) but reckons without the intervention of Mafia hoods determined to prevent him from going straight.

Director Michael Mann made an auspicious feature debut with this crime drama that pins its story of professional jewel thief to a near-abstract idea about the criminal’s urge to self-destruct, despite the meticulous way he plans his life.

The terrific opening sequence, involving a diamond robbery set to the music of Tangerine Dream, establishes the mood and style for a movie that’s almost too intellectual for its own genre.

Frank
James Caan
Jessie
Tuesday Weld
Okla
Willie Nelson
Barry
James Belushi
Leo
Robert Prosky
Attaglia
Tom Signorelli
Carl
Dennis Farina
Nick
Nick Nickeas

Director
Michael Mann