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Once a Thief

Once a Thief packs both violence and young married love in unfoldment of its theme, aptly titled, about an ex-con trying to go straight, but constantly harassed by a vengeful cop.

Once a Thief packs both violence and young married love in unfoldment of its theme, aptly titled, about an ex-con trying to go straight, but constantly harassed by a vengeful cop.

Once a Thief has a San Francisco setting, where lenser Robert Burks makes interesting use of Chinatown and North Beach locations to backdrop story of $1 million platinum robbery and ultimate violent demise of each member of the five-man gang that pulled the job. Alain Delon not too unwillingly is pulled into the plot when he finds his wife, Ann-Margret working in a cheap nightclub so they may live.

Delon delivers strongly. He’s the romantic type who excels also in rugged action. Ann-Margret, too, is firstrate in her role. Van Heflin, as a police inspector who thinks Delon once shot him, and Jack Palance, as Delon’s gangster brother, also star.

Heflin, as Delon’s nemesis effectively plays the relentless police officer, and Palance, with less footage, similarly scores.

Once a Thief

  • Production: M-G-M. Director Ralph Nelson; Producer Jacques Bar; Screenplay Zekial Marko; Camera Robert Burks; Editor Fredric Steinkamp; Music Lalo Schifrin; Art Director George W. Davis, Paul Groesse
  • Crew: (B&W) Widescreen. Extract of a review from 1965. Running time: 106 MIN.
  • With: Alain Delon Ann-Margret Van Heflin Jack Palance John Davis Chandler Jeff Corey
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