Thief Movie Review Summary

Actors: James Caan, Tuesday Weld, James Belushi, Willie Nelson, Dennis Farina, Robert Prosky, Tom Signorelli

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James Caan gives the best performance of the 1980s as an intense, no-nonsense, high-end thief who plans to take one last job before he and new girlfriend Tuesday Weld can retire to a far-off island.
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His plans go deadly wrong after hooking up with shady criminal mastermind Robert Prosky, who slowly gains control over Caan's life, until, of course, an explosive finale where Caan has to decide whether to fall in-line or stay true to his own criminal code.
One heck movie from Michael Mann, who later explored the same themes in "Heat." Caan's intensity is terrifying and the guy handles a gun better than anyone. See it now.
The review of this Movie prepared by Eugene Driscoll

First movie of Michael Mann, THIEF has been theatrically released in 1981.

James Caan is a successful car dealer during the day and a specialized jewel thief at night. He is 35 years old, has spent 11 years in prison and does exactly know what he wants from life : a nice woman, children, a house and his friend Willie Nelson out of prison. He is proposed by the local godfather a juicy arrangement; the mob hires him and provides him with opportunities so that he could only concentrate on his job, the mob taking care of all the details. James Caan agrees to lose his independence for a contract or two as he is needing fast cash now : he's just met Tuesday Weld who fits very well into Caan's dream and he must take arrangements to get a dying Willie Nelson out of prison. But things don't go as foreseen as the mob invests, without his consent, his share of his first contract and the Chicago police wants its 10% share of the deal. Caan understands but too late that he has lost his independence and his liberty.

Superb first movie.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler

Script Analysis of Thief

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 25%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1980's-1999    -   1960's-1970's Crime & Police Story?    -   Yes Crime story:    -   criminal becomes sensitive Criminal enemy is...    -   law enforcement gone bad    -   Mafia conflict If this is a criminal POV story...    -   criminals stealing from other criminals    -   criminals killing each other    -   virtuous thief doing good

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   thief/con artist Age:    -   20's-30's    -   40's-50's Nudity    -   Chest Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)    -   Italian


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest    -   California City?    -   Yes City:    -   Chicago Misc setting    -   prison    -   building

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death    -   moderately messy visuals of dead Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   sex under blankets Kind of violence:    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets Any profanity?    -   Some foul language    -   A lot of foul language Is this movie based on a    -   book

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