THIEF – 1981 – TANGERINE DREAM

EXPERIENCE KILLER SOUNDTRACKS!

Whew!

Where do I begin? Here we have an album soundtrack and film that possiibly are both individually and combined the beginning of not only a whole new genre, but the genesis of a creative industry that continues today!

First off we have Michael Mann, fresh off of “Manhunter” (“Hannibal” precursor with William Peterson of William Friedkin’s “To Live in Die in L.A.” and then the CSI genre) and then on to “Miami Vice” perfection with his patented music themed scenes.

Michael Mann rivets us to our chairs from the opening seconds of the perfect heist/character-driven action film with the use of German Electronica wizards, Tangerine Dream, whose music matched the metallic sparks and drilling sequence of James Caan’s “safe-cracking” expertise.

Although no words are spoken, the entire opening sequence sets the mood for the rest of the movie with the precision music / jewel thief technique and professional attitude of James Caan and James Belushi as his close partner.  These are world-class professionals and as such, they are pursued by both the law and a crime lord.

Michael Mann’s choice of Tangerine Dream for this film was genius as TD’s entire canon of music up to this point was serious stuff – no fluff.
TD’s musical landscapes were unheard in film prior to this and as such added an ominous yet stylistic feel to the whole movie.
Other than the Final Confrontation Pink Floydian guitar track at the end, TD was treated as a pivotal unseen actor in this film and matched perfectly with James Caan’s character.
I read where Caan said of all of his roles this was his favorite and that his dialogue with actress Tuesday Weld in the diner was his favorite of all.

Anyone who wants to see the birth of Michael Mann’s film-making technique and style that would influence “Miami Vice” right up through “Heat” be absolutely sure to experience the height of the awe and the mystery that will take you from the inner mind to the outer limits of hard core story, acting, film-making and soundtrack pleasure and see “THIEF”!

HERE IS THE RARE EXTENDED ONE HOUR AND TWENTY-TWO MINUTE VERSION!
BATHE IN THE EXQUISITE GLORY OF
“THIEF”

0:00:00 .. Main Titles / The Heist
0:10:47 .. Sam’s Forge
0:13:56 .. Chicago Courtroom
0:18:34 .. Tailed / The Break-In
0:28:34 .. San Diego Beach / Love Scene
0:32:19 .. Frank Is Set Up
0:36:49 .. Destruction
0:40:08 .. Final Confrontation / End Credits
0:45:58 .. Trap Feeling
0:48:55 .. Chicago Courtroom (alternate)
0:54:17 .. Tailed/ The Break-In (alternate)
0:59:00 …Beach Theme #1
1:05:12 .. Beach Theme #2
1:12:00 .. Destruction (alternate)
1:16:12 .. Final Confrontation (alternate)

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