James Caan Pulled Over by Cops - Thief (1981)

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The cop in this scene was actually a professional jewel thief, named John Santucci, who acted as a consultant for the film. He was paroled just prior to shooting the movie. Classic James Caan scene from 1981 Michael Mann film, Thief.______________________________________________________________About the movie:Director: Michael MannProducers:Jerry Bruckheimer, Ronnie CaanWriters: Frank Hohimer, Michael MannStars: James Caan, Tuesday Weld, Jim Belushi, Robert Prosky, Willie NelsonBudget: $5.5 millionBox office: $11.5 millionRelease date: March 27, 1981Running time: 122 minutesIMDB: Tomatoes: Thief is a 1981 American neo-noir crime film written, produced and directed by Michael 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 the titular thief, a professional safecracker trying to escape his life of crime, and Tuesday Weld as his girlfriend. The supporting cast includes Willie Nelson, James Belushi, Dennis Farina, and Robert Prosky. The original musical score was composed and performed by Tangerine Dream. is an expert professional safecracker, specializing in high-profile diamond jobs. After having spent many years in prison, he has a very concrete picture of what he wants out of life--including a nice home, a wife, and kids. As soon as he is able to assemble the pieces of this collage, by means of his chosen profession, he intends to retire and become a model citizen. In an effort to accelerate this process, he signs on to take down a huge score for a big-time gangster. Unfortunately, Frank's obsession for his version of the American Dream allows him to overlook his natural wariness and mistrust, when making the deal for his final job. He is thus ensnared and robbed of his freedom, his independence, and, ultimately, his dream.