Everett Collection
Keith Staskiewicz
January 15, 2014 AT 05:00 AM EST

Thief

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
125 minutes
Wide Release Date
03/27/81
performer
James Caan
director
Michael Mann
distributor
United Artists (MGM)
genre
Crime

We gave it an A

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

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