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1980, Warner Bros., 92 min, USA, Dir: James Caan

In his directorial debut, James Caan plays a father whose kids vanish when their new stepfather is placed in the witness relocation program. Running up against obstacles from both the government and the mob, Caan sets out on an obsessive quest to find his family in this thriller based on a fascinating true story.

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.

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.

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