• Michael Field

Forgotten Cinema: Thief


The Mike's are in 1981 to watch James Caan break into safes and act the crap out of Michael Mann's first feature film, "Thief". Co-starring Tuesday Weld, Willie Nelson, Jim Belushi and Robert Prosky.


Listen in as Mike Butler and Mike Field discuss the skill and talent that Caan displays on screen as anti-hero, safe cracker and ex-con, Frank. From his monologue in the diner scene to his dialogue with the other characters. The Mikes make the argument that he may have won the Oscar for playing Sonny Corleone, but this Caan's best role. And Mr. Caan agrees with us as he's said this movie is one of his favorites.


Field and Butler also talk about the touches that make Michael Mann films stand out; from the way he films night scenes, to the crime storyline and attention to detail and knowledge that he is using real professionals (and professional thieves) to make his movie true to life and add an extra layer of detail.


So grab your popcorn and soda, please notice the exits at the front and rear of the auditorium, and settle down for Forgotten Cinema


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This Criterion Collection of Thief may wind up in Field's library soon. Very tempting.


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