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Thief is a 1981 neo-noir directed by Michael Mann starring James Caan in the lead role.

The movie follows the story of Frank, a skilled professional safecracker and jewel thief who operates in Chicago. As Frank takes on a high-risk job, he becomes entangled in a web of corruption and betrayal.

Below, watch Caan explain how he prepared for Thief's safecracking scenes—and the satisfaction he received from doing so.

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