DVD Review

Thief

John Santucci and James Caan in Thief
Image credit: Everett Collection
John Santucci and James Caan in Thief
EW's GRADE
A

Details Movie Rated: R; Genre: Crime; With: James Caan; Distributor: United Artists (MGM)

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

Originally posted Jan 15, 2014 Published in issue #1295 Jan 24, 2014 Order article reprints
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