Director Ralph Nelson
Music director Lalo Schifrin
Genre Crime, Drama, Thriller
Cinematography Robert Burks
Country United StatesFrance
|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)
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Tagline CAUGHT! . . right in the middle between the killers and the cops!
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- Once a thief 1965 alain delon ann margret
- Once a thief 1965 beautiful days
- Critical reception
The movie was known in France as Les Tueurs de San Francisco.
Nelson won the OCIC award at the 1965 San Sebastián International Film Festival for the film.
Once a thief 1965 beautiful days
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ReferencesOnce a Thief (1965 film) Wikipedia
Once a Thief (1965 film) IMDbOnce a Thief (1965 film) themoviedb.org