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Thief Movie Behind The Scenes

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Locations Notes

With the Rewind, you can enjoy the thrill of time-travel by visiting the locations where they filmed the 1981 Thriller movie starring James Caan, Tuesday Weld, Robert Prosky More Cast


Locations Manager(s): Julie Chandler, Patrick Markey, Michael J. Maschio, Larry Rapaport

Under their watchful eye, the following special places were used for filming "Thief":

The house exploding scene was filmed on the 2900 block of west Catalpa Ave. [Thanks to Chris H]

The scene with the fisherman the morning after the first heist is filmed on the northeast side of the Shedd Aquarium. The lakefront has been reconstructed to include the lakefront bicycle and jogging path. [Thanks to Joe]

The scene in the junkyard takes place at the north end of Chinatown, south of 18th Street, just east of the Chicago River. The area has been replaced by Ping Tom Park. [Thanks to Joe]

The used car dealer that Frank (James Caan) owned was at the South East corner of Western and Irving Park Avenues. It was recently torn down and replaced by condominiums in the spring of 2007 [Thanks to Wes]

When Frank (James Cann) goes and confronts Leo's front man Attaglia (Tom Signorelli) about his $185.000.00 that Joe Gags had for him. This took place in location at Vertu Inc. 1040 N Halsted St, and 800 W Haines St. Chicago, IL...Note: The Express bridge overhead Halsted bridge was demolished in the early 90's. [Thanks to Matt Roman]

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LX Preview

LX is our radical new locations feature that we've been beavering away on.. For years!

Each location will have it's own page with then/now pictures, maps, StreetView, discovery story and the most detailed explanations on how the location was used. Most importantly, the locations will have a status that shows whether they are verified correct and by whom. We are working with the actual locations managers or other crew where possible. The whole thing will be very interactive and you will, of course, be able to update everything.

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