Rent Thief (1981)

3.6 of 5 from 107 ratings
1h 58min
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Synopsis:
For his first theatrical feature, Michael Mann returned to the rain-soaked streets of his hometown, Chicago, for a stunning piece of neo-noir starring James Caan at his toughest. Caan plays Frank, a jewel thief and former convict who is looking to settle down with his girlfriend (Tuesday Weld) and begin a family. But when his fence is thrown from a window and the Chicago mafia begin to flex their muscles, his hopes of a quiet life become anything but...
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Jerry Bruckheimer, Ronnie Caan
Writers:
Frank Hohimer, Michael Mann
Studio:
MGM Home Entertainment
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Classics, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
21/07/2003
Run Time:
118 minutes
Languages:
English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, German Hard of Hearing, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
02/02/2015
Run Time:
125 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Optional isolated music and effects track on the theatrical cut
  • Audio Commentary by writer-director Michael Mann and actor James Caan
  • "The Directors: Michael Mann": A 2001 documentary on the filmmaker, containing interviews with Mann, James Belushi, William Petersen, Jon Voight and others
  • "Stolen Dreams": A new interview with Caan filmed exclusively for this release
  • "Hollywood USA: James Caan": An episode of the French TV series Cine regards devoted to the actor, filmed shortly after Thief had completed production
  • "The Art of the Heis": An examination of Thief by writer and critic F.X. Feeney, author of the Taschen volume on Michael Mann
  • Theatrical Trailer
Disc 1:
This disc includes the following:
- Theatrical Cut
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following:
- Director's Cut

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Reviews (1) of Thief

An uncompromising thriller in 1980s Chicago that will grip you - Thief review by PJ

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06/04/2020

This is a very good thriller in the tradition of the genre. Frank (James Caan) is surprisingly plausible as a highly professional jewel thief who wants to settle down in life after one last big 'score': his aim is to leave his trade and start a family. All seems to go according to plan, at first at any rate.

The movie combines moments of intense and violent action with dialogues. The characters feel real and complex. Frank is an unlikely hero: in some ways, he is not a particularly appealing individual, and he is prone to violence. The film also shows, in a vivid way, how the criminal underworld and organized crime work: no one works independently, and the 'fence' plays a crucial role in such a criminal ecosystem.

The music seemed intrusive and exceedingly loud at times but, apart from that, I thoroughly enjoyed the film, which I recommend.

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