Genre Guesstimation – Thief (1981)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Drew of Drew’s Movie Reviews we will be reviewing our favorite Heist Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of March (today) by sending them to

Try to think out of the box!

Great choice Drew!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Heist Films…

thief“You talking to me or somebody else walk in this room? ” – Frank

Number of Times Seen – 1 (21 Mar 2016)

Brief Synopsis – A professional thief decides to do one last job for the mob and then will be able to live a straight life.

My Take on it – This movie has a great premise that has been reused so many times over the years and this one does it perhaps the best of all of them.

The plot is a simple one and is done in a very gritty manner.

It moves at a slow pace which helps with the realism of it, but one expects films like this to move a bot quicker.

James Caan is really great in this role and I can definitely understand why he thinks this is his one of his best roles ever.

Interestingly enough, 3 well known actors had their debuts in this film and it was great seeing James Belushi, Robert Prosky, William Petersen and Dennis Farina in mostly small but significant roles.

It’s easy to see Director Michael Mann’s hand in this film because it resembles some of his later films like Manhunter (1986) and Heat (1995).

Bottom Line – Very gritty and slow moving crime drama that so many other movies have tried to copy and emulate, but never manage to equal.  Caan is great here and I can understand why he himself thinks it’s one of his best performances. Loved seeing Belushi, Prosky, Petersen and Farina in small roles despite this being the debut of all of them. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – After The Godfather (1972), this is James Caan’s favourite film of his own. He has stated that his monologue in the diner is the scene he is most proud of in his career. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Gritty, but still slightly off from being included among my favorites in the genre mostly due to the slow pacing throughout.

Rating – Globe Worthy


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