A good heist scene often plays out like a good sex scene: pure adrenalized vicarious pleasure. After all the foreplay of blueprints and hushed backroom discussions, the gig itself is all climax. That’s probably why, after finally busting through a solid-steel vault in Michael Mann’s heart- and synth-pounding debut film, Thief (1981, 2 hrs., 5 mins., R), James Caan pauses for a quick cigarette break, looking as if he might as well be lounging against a headboard. A
John Santucci and James Caan in Thief (Everett Collection)
Genre: Crime; Starring: James Caan; Director: Michael Mann; Release Date Wide: 03/27/1981; Runtime (in minutes): 125; MPAA Rating: R; Distributor: United Artists (MGM)
Posted January 15 2014 — 12:00 AM EST
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