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Friday, 18 September 2015

To Catch A Thief (1955)

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Starred Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis, John Williams, Charles Vanel, Brigitte Auber, Jean Martinelli, Georgette Anys ...
1955, United States, English with some French dialogues

 
A cat burglar is being framed by another cat burglar. The police is after wrong guy, thus the cat burglar chases after the other cat burglar to catch before the cops catches him. This is the main plot of Hitchcock movie `To Catch A Thief`.
Although I like Hitchcock cinema very much, and despite the big names in the cast like Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, I never enjoyed this movie much. I guess, I have seen it 2 or 3 times, and the movie had a hard time to keep my attention awake every time I have seen it.
This is the very last movie of Hitchcock - Grace Kelly collaboration. Cary Grant had been convinced that nobody wanted to see him in the movies any longer, but this movie had been kind of a turning point for him to continue his long career. A tragic note from the movie is Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly died in a car accident 27 years later from the movie supposedly on the very same road where her famous chase scene in this film takes place.
The movie won Best Cinematography in Oscars and was nominated for Best Art Direction & Set Decoration and Best Costume in color movies categories.
Alfred Hitchcock was nominated for Golden Lion in Venice Film Festival, while John Michael Hayes received a nomination for Best Written American Comedy in Writers Guild of America awards with this movie.

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If you look for;

a heist movie considered as classic
an award winner heist movie
a nostalgic robbery movie
a heist movie with a great cast

then this is your movie.

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If you liked this movie, I believe you might like also:
(available in the blog)

Le Cercle Rouge (1970)
Pink Panther (1963)
Rififi / Du Rififi Chez des Hommes (1955)
Seven Thieves (1960)
The Maltese Falcon (1941)

If you liked this movie, IMDb believes you might like also:
(available in the blog)

Rififi / Du Rififi Chez Des Hommes (1955)

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Degree: Alternative Theft Movie
Sub-Category: Jewelry Robbery, Character Study / Thieves
Excellence of Robbery Plan: 1/5
Originality of Robbery Plan: 2/5
Quality of Robbery Action Scenes: 2/5
Actors' Performances: 2/5
Excitement Level: 2/5
Surprise Level: 2/5
Humor Level: 2/5
Originality of the Story in General: 3/5
Rating As A Robbery/Heist Movie: 2/5
Rating the Movie As A Whole: 2/5

Important Reminder: Below trailer might contain important spoilers.


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