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Thief (rewatch)

Posted by martinteller on December 2, 2006

This is a trip down nostalgia lane for me.  I first saw this when I was sleeping over at a friend’s house (whose name I forget now… David, I think) as a kid.  We played “Stop Thief!” and ping pong, and Vectrex and Odyssey2 video games.  We listened to Hall & Oates.  And we watched Thief on cable.  It made a big impression on me.  It was the first time I heard Tangerine Dream, which ended up being the first concert I went to.  It may have been the first time I saw graphic violence (although I think Halloween has that honor).  It made me fascinated with crime, and soon afterwards I read the book it was based on: Frank Hohimer’s “The Home Invaders”.  The book, of course, is almost entirely different.  Oh, most of the key elements are the same (including Hohimer’s odd grammatical aversion to contractions) but there certainly isn’t a nihilistic ending where Frank tears down his life and kills everyone.  The best part of the book and the movie is the attention to detail involving the crimes.  Looking at it now, none of the robberies in Thief are as captivating as the heist in Rififi, but then again Rififi doesn’t have an awesome Tangerine Dream soundtrack, so it balances out.  Rating: 8


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