The Thief Who Came to Dinner (1973)


“In a world full of thieves, I wanted to be an honest one.” – Webster

Number of Times Seen – 1 (10 Mar 2021)

Brief Synopsis – A computer programmer decides to change professions and become a jewel thief, but things get complicated when he tries to use his work as a way to climb the social ladder.

My Take on it – Intriguing idea that isn’t as enjoyable as the premise would make it out to be.

Ryan O’Neal is a great actor, but his work here is mediocre at best because he can’t see,m to make the viewer care about his character at all.

Even Jacqueline Bisset’s character, who becomes O’Neal girlfriend and accomplice can’t help which is a shame especially since their chemistry is off the entire way.

The story is paced pretty poorly and there are too many scenes that seem to drag along.

The best part about this film is Warren Oates who is able to be such a bright spot in this story.

He might be a supporting character , but he is by far the more engaging and interesting of the entire cast.

The story fails to be more interesting because there is so much more potential here.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Walter Hill’s screenplay, based on the novel by Terrence Lore Smith, shifts the plot locale from Chicago to Houston and completely leaves out the relationship development between Webster/Dave and Dave/Jackie (called Lina in the book) and the gradual physical change in Webster (in the book, he starts out as balding with a broken nose and scars from college football, but has hair grafts, dental work, rhinoplasty and scar removal, whereas in the film he is “pretty” from start to finish). (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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