THIEF
1981, Park Circus/MGM, 122 min, USA, Dir: Michael Mann

Director Michael Mann's stunning debut feature stars James Caan as the professional thief of the title, a man whose desire for domestic tranquility clashes with his obligations in the underworld. Featuring a cast of standout supporting performances, with Jim Belushi as Caan's partner, Willie Nelson as his mentor and Robert Prosky as the deadly boss he has to please. Actual thieves served as technical consultants on the film, supplying an array of tools used in real heists.


HARRY AND WALTER GO TO NEW YORK
1976, Sony Repertory, 115 min, USA, Dir: Mark Rydell

“All the Digby-Hill-Chestnut gang needs is two breaks… out of jail… into a safe.” Second-rate entertainers James Caan and Elliott Gould try their hand at another line of work - bank robbing - when their vaudeville careers stall. Michael Caine, Diane Keaton and Charles Durning costar in this delightful comic crime caper in the tradition of THE STING. While the film’s budget almost crashed Columbia studios during production, the artistic and financial attention to details of the 19th-century period design pays off in this wildly fun crime comedy.


THE GAMBLER
1974, Paramount, 111 min, USA, Dir: Karel Reisz

James Caan plays Axel Freed, a college professor precariously juggling his academic life with a severe gambling addiction in this riveting character study. James Toback's acclaimed script melds Dostoyevsky's 1866 novel with the screenwriter's own preoccupations and obsessions to create a triumph of personal filmmaking, expertly anchored by Caan's dynamic performance, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination.


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