Michael Mann

Thief

Thief

The contemporary American auteur Michael Mann’s bold artistic sensibility was already fully formed when he burst out of the gate with Thief, his debut feature. James Caan stars, in one of his most riveting performances, as a no-nonsense ex-con safecracker planning to leave the criminal world behind after one final diamond heist—but he discovers that escape is not as simple as he’d hoped. Finding hypnotic beauty in neon and rain-slick streets, sparks and steel, Thief effortlessly established the moody stylishness and tactile approach to action that would also define such later iconic entertainments from Mann as Miami Vice, Manhunter, and Heat.

Film Info

  • Michael Mann
  • United States
  • 1981
  • 124 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #691

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New digital restoration from a 4K film transfer of the director’s cut, approved by director Michael Mann, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary featuring Mann and actor James Caan
  • New interviews with Mann, Caan, and Johannes Schmoelling of the band Tangerine Dream, which contributed the film’s soundtrack
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Nick James

New cover design by Fred Davis

Purchase Options

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New digital restoration from a 4K film transfer of the director’s cut, approved by director Michael Mann, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary featuring Mann and actor James Caan
  • New interviews with Mann, Caan, and Johannes Schmoelling of the band Tangerine Dream, which contributed the film’s soundtrack
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Nick James

New cover design by Fred Davis

Thief
Cast
James Caan
Frank
Tuesday Weld
Jessie
Robert Prosky
Leo
James Belushi
Barry
Tom Signorelli
Attaglia
Willie Nelson
Okla
Dennis Farina
Carl
Nick Nickeas
Nick
W. R. (Bill) Brown
Mitch
Norm Tobin
Guido
John Santucci
Urizzi
Gavin MacFadyen
Boreksco
Chuck Adamson
Ancell
Credits
Director
Michael Mann
Executive producer
Michael Mann
Produced by
Jerry Bruckheimer
Produced by
Ronnie Caan
Screen story and screenplay by
Michael Mann
Based on The Home Invaders by
Frank Hohimer
Director of photography
Donald Thorin
Art director
Mary Dodson
Edited by
Dov Hoenig
Music
Tangerine Dream
Production designer
Mel Bourne

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