Watch Thief On The Beat’s Throwback Theater


Every Thursday we feature a classic movie [or amazing clips from them] from back in the day for you to watch at work, on the way to work, on the way home from work or on your day off to watch and share.

James Caan - thiefToday’s feature takes you back to 1981 for Michael Mann’s breakthrough 1981 classic, THIEF.

Filmed here in Chicago, the movie features many Chicago actors who’d go on to have huge careers including Jim Belushi, William Peterson, the late Dennis Farina along side Tuesday Weld, Robert Prosky, Willie Nelson and James Caan.

Thief’s soundtrack would feature a futuristic score from German electornic band Tangerine Dream who’d also went on to create the same for the 1983 classic “Risky Business” featuring Tom Cruise, a young Joe Pantoliano and more [which was also filmed here in Chicago.]

Many have said that the manner in which Mann filmed ‘Thief’ changed film forever, we’d concur. Mann would go on to create Miami Vice which featured the same style of filming and, as you know, that’s part of TV history.

The movie was produced and directed by Mann in his feature film debut. It is based on the 1975 novel The Home Invaders: Confessions of a Cat Burglar by “Frank Hohimer” (the pen name of real-life jewel thief John Seybold). The film stars James Caan as the abrasive and independent loving thief, a professional safecracker trying to escape his life of crime, and Tuesday Weld as his girlfriend.

This is up there with one of our favorite movies of all time and it’s definitely… OLD SCHOOL!

Enjoy today’s feature, THIEF, in its entirety below.

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