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Thieves (1977)

Dramedy of a native New York married couple who splits up in an attempt to rediscover their sanity.

Directors:

John Berry, Alfred Viola (uncredited)

Writers:

Herb Gardner (screenplay), Herb Gardner (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlo Thomas ... Sally Cramer
Charles Grodin ... Martin Cramer
Irwin Corey ... Joe Kaminsky
Hector Elizondo ... Man Below
Mercedes McCambridge ... Street Lady
John McMartin ... Gordon
Gary Merrill ... Street Man
Ann Wedgeworth ... Nancy
Larry B. Scott ... Carlton (as Larry Scott)
Bob Fosse ... Mr. Day
Norman Matlock ... Mr. Night
Ian Martin ... Devlin
Janet Colazzo Janet Colazzo ... Marianna
Kenneth Kimmins ... Stanley (as Ken Kimmins)
Santos Morales Santos Morales ... Perez
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Storyline

Martin and Sally Cramer are a well-off couple of thirty-something New Yorkers whose once loving marriage is now stuck in a rut. Martin works as the principal of an elite private school and the enthusiasm and rebel spirit of his youth are now long gone. However, Sally is still the hopeful idealist and optimist she always was and prides herself with her hard work as the English teacher in a grade school in an impoverished crime-ridden neighborhood, where she's loved by the kids. They are both suffering from midlife crisis in a way, but they're dealing with it in an opposite manner. Martin has become a depressed nihilistic mediocrity and he accepts it. Sally has become frustrated by the lack of effort from both her husband and some of her troubled pupils to make things better for themselves and others, but she still has some lust for life left. Eventually, she realizes that their marriage is going nowhere fast and decides to leave Martin despite being in the early stage of pregnancy. ...

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A comedy about love, marriage, reconciliation and other acts of courage.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 1978 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Thieves Like Us See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Brut Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Charles Grodin directed the Broadway production but did not appear in it. For the film version, he took over the male lead role but did not direct the film. See more »

Goofs

Marlo Thomas mispronounces the name of the theater as LO-EEZ when it is pronounced as LOWES. See more »

Quotes

Sally Cramer: Will you give him back his whistle!
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Soundtracks

The Kaminsky Rag
Composed and Performed by Jule Styne
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Herb Gardner: An American Treasure
2 August 2009 | by clasterSee all my reviews

Okay, sure, it's talky. But such wonderful talk. Indelible characters, profound humor, and amazing speeches. This movie should not be as forgotten as it is. In its own talky way, it's brilliant. This, along with "A Thousand Clowns," absolutely deserves a DVD release. Marlo Thomas' performance is incisive and touching. Charles Grodin is the perfect foil for her. Irwin Corey, as her father, has what may be the best speech in the movie (and one of the best speeches in all movies) when he gives her an extra year of life. Look for a nifty cameo from Bob Fosse, and catch Jule Styne singing on the soundtrack. But the star here is Herb Gardner, with his wonderful sensitive writing. Do whatever you have to in order to see this forgotten gem.


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