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In , James Caan plays Frank, a professional jewel thief who wants to marry Jessie (Tuesday Weld) and settle down into a normal life. In order to achieve his dream of a family, Frank--who is used to working solo--has to align himself with a crime boss named Leo (Robert Prosky), who will help him gain the money he needs to begin his domestic life. Frank plans to retire after the heist, yet he finds himself indebted to Leo and he struggles to break free. is the first feature film from director Michael Mann and it seethes with his stylish, atmospheric direction. Though his cool approach may put off some viewers, it's a distinctive and effective story-telling approach, and Caan's performance ranks among his very best, making a crime movie like few others. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

  • Release date:April 27, 1981


James Caan
as Frank
Tuesday Weld
as Jessie
Willie Nelson
as Okla
James Belushi
as Barry
Robert Prosky
as Leo
Tom Signorelli
as Attaglia
Norm Tobin
as Guido
Lora Staley
as Paula
Del Close
as Mechanic #1
Elizabeth Peña
Bruce A. Young
as Mechanic #2
Nick Nickeas
as Nick
Nathan Davis
as Grossman
Hal Frank
as Joe Gags
Mike Genovese
as Bartender at Green Mill
Gavin MacFayden
as Boreksco
J. Jay Saunders
as Doctor
John Kapelos
as Mechanic
Spero Anast
as Bukowski
Marge Kotlisky
as Mrs. Knowles
John Santucci
as Urizzi
Chuck Adamson
as Ancell
Dennis Farina
as Carl
Michael Paul Chan
as Waiter
William Petersen
as Katz & Jammer Bartender
Sam Cirone
as Martello


Michael Mann
Ronald Caan
Jerry Bruckheimer
Frank Hohimer
Book Author
Michael Mann
Michael Mann
Screen Story
Donald Thorin
Tangerine Dream
Composer (Music Score)
Craig Safan
Composer (Music Score)
Christopher Franke
Composer (Music Score)
Dov Hoenig
Mel Bourne
Production Designer
Michael Molly
Production Designer
Richard Brams
Associate Producer
Michael Mann
Executive Producer
John M. Dwyer
Set Designer
Giorgio Armani
Costume Designer
David Ronne
Sound/Sound Designer
Russ Hessey
Special Effects
Peter Bogart
First Assistant Director
Scott Maitland
First Assistant Director
Vic Ramos