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Director  Ralph Nelson
Music director  Lalo Schifrin
Duration  
Language  EnglishItalian
6.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Crime, Drama, Thriller
Cinematography  Robert Burks
Country  United StatesFrance
Once a Thief (1965 film) movie poster

Release date  September 8, 1965 (1965-09-08)
Writer  Zekial Marko (screenplay), Zekial Marko (novel)
Cast  Alain Delon (Eddie Pedak), Ann-Margret (Kristine Pedak), Van Heflin (Inspector Mike Vido SFPD), Jack Palance (Walter Pedak), John Davis Chandler (James Arthur Sargatanas, Walter's Henchman), Jeff Corey (Lt. Kebner SFPD)
Similar movies  Ant-Man, Not For, or Against (Quite the Contrary), The Rescuers Down Under, The Dark Knight Rises, Blackhat, The Wolf of Wall Street
Tagline  CAUGHT! . . right in the middle between the killers and the cops!

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Once a Thief is a 1965 film directed by Ralph Nelson and starring Alain Delon, Ann-Margret, Van Heflin and Jack Palance. It was written by Zekial Marko, based on his novel.

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The movie was known in France as Les Tueurs de San Francisco.

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Nelson won the OCIC award at the 1965 San Sebastián International Film Festival for the film.

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Plot

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Ex-convict Eddie Pedak (Delon) tries to lead a normal life in San Francisco with a loyal wife (Ann-Margret), a daughter and a steady job. Much to his chagrin, he also has a police detective (Heflin) and brother (Palance) complicating his life.

The cop, Mike Vido, remains bitter over being shot by Eddie during a robbery. He promptly has Eddie unjustly arrested again for another theft, but is forced to drop the charges and turn him loose.

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Eddie nonetheless loses his job due to the arrest. His wife Kristine must take what work she can get at a dingy nightclub. In desperation, Eddie finally accepts the offer of his persistent brother Walter Pedak to come in on a big heist. Walter has a pair of accomplices, Sargatanas and Shoenstein.

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The thieves get away with $1 million in stolen goods except for Walter, who is killed. Eddie alone has the truck with the heist's haul, so Sargatanas decides to abduct Kristine and keep her until he gets his hands on the merchandise.

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Vido investigates and becomes convinced that Eddie was framed for the original job that left the cop wounded. When he arrives to help Eddie in a showdown with the other thieves, Eddie ends up dead trying to protect him.

Cast

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  • Alain Delon as Eddie Pedak
  • Ann-Margret as Kristine Pedak
  • Van Heflin as Inspector Mike Vido SFPD
  • Jack Palance as Walter Pedak
  • John Davis Chandler as Sargatanas
  • Tony Musante as Shoenstein
  • Jeff Corey as Lt. Kebner SFPD
  • Steve Mitchell as Frank Kane
  • Production

    The story was based on the personal experiences of screenwriter Zekial Marko; he had written the novel The Big Grab which was adapted into Any Number Can Win, a big hit for Delon. Once a Thief was based on Marko's novel Scratch a Thief; this was his first screenplay. Marko had a small role in the film and spent time in jail on criminal charges during the shoot.

    Critical reception

    A.H. Weiler of The New York Times thought that the film was not as good as similar genre pictures, but praised its dialogue for its accuracy in portraying the gangster's speak.

    The film was not a success at the box office.

    References

    Once a Thief (1965 film) Wikipedia
    Once a Thief (1965 film) IMDbOnce a Thief (1965 film) themoviedb.org