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Rewind ArchiveAlso known as "Violent Streets" in some countries, "Thief" opened March 27, 1981. Even though it was critically favored, it did not do well at the box office, grossing only $4.3 million. But it was a starting point for Michael Mann's directorial career.
Thanks to Cubs_fanAlong with William Petersen and Dennis Farina, the film also marked the debuts of Jim Belushi and Robert Prosky. Chuck Adamson, who was Dennis Farina's partner in the Chicago PD Major Crimes Unit, appears as a Chicago police officer.
Rewind ArchiveThis was Dennis Farina's (Saving Private Ryan, Get Shorty) film debut. He was still a Chicago police detective at the time. In addition, many real-life thieves and police officers in the Chicago area were advisors to Mann and some were even cast in supporting roles.
Thanks to HarpoJohn Santucci was a "thief" in real life before Mann hired him as a "technical consultant" and later an actor. He also appeared in Mann's "Crime Story" as Pauli Taglia, Ray Luca's sidekick.
Rewind ArchiveDennis Farina and William L. Petersen both make appearances in this movie (Farina as one of Prosky's henchmen and Petersen as a local bartender). They would later both star in Mann's "Manhunter" in 1986, the same year that Farina would also play the lead on Mann's TV prime-time serial Crime Story.
Thanks to Chris H.Dennis Farina's partner in the movie was Nick Nickeas who along with several of his own family members are real Chicago police officers.
There's often fake stuff floating round, y'know? -Like the 'ghost boy' that can allegedly be seen in "Three Men And A Baby".
But, nothing bogus that we know yet for "Thief".
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1981 United Artists / MGM
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