THIEF
1981, Park Circus/MGM, 122 min, USA, Dir: Michael Mann

Director Michael Mann's stunning debut feature stars James Caan as the professional thief of the title, a man whose desire for domestic tranquility clashes with his obligations in the underworld. Featuring a cast of standout supporting performances, with Jim Belushi as Caan's partner, Willie Nelson as his mentor and Robert Prosky as the deadly boss he has to please. Actual thieves served as technical consultants on the film, supplying an array of tools used in real heists.


CINDERELLA LIBERTY
1973, 20th Century Fox, 117 min, USA, Dir: Mark Rydell

Sailor James Caan finds himself at liberty in Seattle with no money and no assignment thanks to a bureaucratic error. He finds companionship with a prostitute (and skilled pool shark) played by Marsha Mason, and quickly forms a bond with her and her illegitimate son. Superb performances by Caan and Mason form the core of this touching romance, which also features Eli Wallach and Dabney Coleman.


THE GAMBLER
1974, Paramount, 111 min, USA, Dir: Karel Reisz

James Caan plays Axel Freed, a college professor precariously juggling his academic life with a severe gambling addiction in this riveting character study. James Toback's acclaimed script melds Dostoyevsky's 1866 novel with the screenwriter's own preoccupations and obsessions to create a triumph of personal filmmaking, expertly anchored by Caan's dynamic performance, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination.


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