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Thief

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The Phantom

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
runtime:
100 minutes
performer:
Treat Williams, Billy Zane, Catherine Zeta-Jones
director:
Simon Wincer
genre:
Sci-fi and Fantasy, Mystery and Thriller, ActionAdventure

We gave it a C+

Michael Mann’s first film, Thief, displays the same assets as his latest film, Heat: a high-class burglar hero (James Caan) whose philosophy of life is somewhere between Hemingway and Zen; a creative sense of lighting and camera placement; and a score (by Tangerine Dream) that’s a character in its own right. Working from Frank Hohimer’s novel, Thief devolves into standard bang-bang, but it’s an impressive debut for Mann’s street-corner existentialism. B

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