1981 | Neo-Noir | 123 minutes | English
After spending 12 years in prison, Frank continues a life of crime with a major haul from a diamond store. Frank learns Leo is the high-level fencer for the diamonds. Leo is impressed with Frank and asks him to work for him full-time. Frank is reluctant; he prefers to work alone. Also, Frank wants to settle down to a more normal life with his girlfriend, Jessie. Frank reluctantly agrees to do one last job for Leo. When the heist is a success, Leo chisels Frank’s share giving him a much smaller cut. Leo informs Frank he, Jessie, and everything he owns are Leo’s property. A furious Frank tells Leo either he gets the money owed or he’ll destroy Leo and his henchmen. Frank wants his money and he resents Leo’s threats. Frank is heading for trouble and the odds are against him.
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 94%
- Metacritic Score: 78
- Cannes Film Festival: Nominated, Best Director (Michael Mann)
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Michael Mann’s THIEF is a film of style, substance, and violently felt emotion, all wrapped up in one of the most intelligent thrillers I’ve seen. THIEF is completely out of the ordinary.
Michael Mann proves to be a potent triple threat as exec producer-director-writer of THIEF. The film is a slick Chicago crime-drama with a well-developed sense of pathos running throughout.
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