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Thief

Released 1981
Distributor United Artists

In Thief, James Caan is an expert jewel thief who disdains using nitroglycerin to crack his safes but the director Michael 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.

About Josh Olson

Josh Olson  was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood.  Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, Infested, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A History of Violence and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry, but that’s okay.  He co-wrote the teleplay for the Masters of Science Fiction episode, The Discarded, with Harlan Ellison, and is currently writing a sophisticated thriller, Tabloid, for Mick Jagger.