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Trailers from Hell: Josh Olson on Michael Mann's 'Thief,' Starring James Caan

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood February 19, 2014 at 11:54AM

Hardboiled! continues over at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Josh Olson introducing Michael Mann's brilliant 1981 heist film "Thief," starring James Caan. The film recently got the Criterion Blu-ray treatment.
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'Thief'
'Thief'

Hardboiled! continues over at Trailers from Hell, with screenwriter Josh Olson introducing Michael Mann's brilliant 1981 heist film "Thief," starring James Caan. The film recently got the Criterion Blu-ray treatment.

In Thief, Caan is an expert jewel thief who disdains using nitroglycerin to crack his safes but the director Mann brings his own brand of pyrotechnics along for the ride; his 1981 heist movie, fueled by a percolating synth score by Tangerine Dream, is a stylistic knockout, a dazzlingly modernistic update to the traditional noir thriller. With an iconoclastic supporting cast including Tuesday Weld and Willie Nelson.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.