To Catch a Thief

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Cary Grant plays John Robie, a reformed jewel thief who was once known as "The Cat," in this suspenseful Alfred Hitchcock classic thriller. Robie is suspected of a new rash of gem thefts in the luxury hotels of the French Riviera, and he must set out to clear himself. Meeting pampered heiress Frances (Grace Kelly), he sees a chance to bait the mysterious thief with her mother's (Jessie Royce Landis) fabulous jewels. His plan backfires, however, but Frances who believes him guilty, proves her love by helping him escape. In a spine-tingling climax, the real criminal is exposed. Three Academy Award nominations, including an Oscar for Best Cinematography.

Specifications

Studio Paramount
SKU 204064105
UPC 097361207346
UPC 14 00097361207346
Format DVD
Release Date 5/8/2007
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Actors
Name Grant,Cary
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Awards
Oscar (1956) Edith Head, Nominee, Best Costume Design, Color,Hal Pereira, et. al., Nominee, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color,Robert Burks, Winner, Best Cinematography, Color
Venice Film Festival (1955) Alfred Hitchcock, Nominee, Golden Lion Award
Reviews
ReviewSource Apollo Movie Guide
Review The idea that a movie is enjoyable because its stars are 'charming' is one that seems a bit dated these days. Not since the 1950s have filmmakers been able to get away with that one consistently, despite the many attempts of filmmakers pumping out romantic comedies by the bucketful...Well, To Catch a Thief is a product of the 1950s, and it's about as charming as you're going to get. Combine the charm of Cary Grant and the breathtaking Grace Kelly with Alfred Hitchock's direction, and you've got a recipe for success. While not as sharp, tense or brow-furrowing as many other Hitchcock films, these weaknesses are more than made up for by the aforementioned charm and the film's style. Not to mention all the 'eye-candy'...Grant is at his debonair best, sidestepping cops, robbers and would-be lovers deftly. Kelly brings a sometimes-frosty but incredibly radiant charm to her role, effectively transforming a spoiled-brat heiress into a strong-willed and assertive woman-taking-charge...Seeing Kelly in her costume ball outfit is the worth the price of admission all on its own. Sadly, this was Kelly's last film with Hitchcock. The supporting cast, especially Jessie Royce Landis as Frances' worldly-wise mother (Hitchcock was to use her again in his great North by Northwest four years later), is also right on the mark...To Catch a Thief is the very best of the sort of movie that can be categorized as 'fluff.' The romantic angle is clearly going to be what's going to leave us smiling at the end, and that's apparent from the moment Robie meets Frances. While there's tension built in to the story, it's simply so good-natured and so nice to look at that it's extremely difficult to get too worried about. You just know with all this charm floating around, that everything is going to turn out just fine in the end. And it's a lot of fun watching to see how that comes about.
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Reviewer Brian Webster
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource The Onion A.V. Club
Review In Alfred Hitchcock's To Catch A Thief, Cary Grant plays a former hero of the French resistance who can't quite convince a skeptical world that he's mended his ways and abandoned his glamorous old existence as a diamond thief for a life of simple, legal pleasures. Grant's criminal history works against him in that respect, but it's also quite possible that the film's characters would rather inhabit a world in which Cary Grant is a debonair international jewel thief than one in which he's a mere retiree content to while away lazy afternoons tending his garden. With the possible exception of "secret agent," "continental master thief" seems like the only job worthy of Grant. As befits a movie with a protagonist nicknamed "The Cat," Thief proceeds with feline grace, a blissful light-footedness that looks effortless enough, but could only have been accomplished by a master operating at peak form. If nothing else, Thief is a lesson in charisma courtesy of Grant and Grace Kelly, reluctant lovebirds who find love in larceny and larceny in love...Set in the most lushly photogenic parts of France, the film centers on a string of high-profile burglaries executed in Grant's signature high style...Fireworks figure prominently in the film's most famous scenes, but most of the pyrotechnics are verbal. John Michael Hayes' dazzling script, adapted from David Dodge's novel, boasts the sophisticated wit, dizzy flirtation, and sexual suggestion of a classic screwball comedy. Like the similarly bewitching Trouble In Paradise, Thief derives an exhilarating erotic charge from criminality, subterfuge, and the allure of fake identities. Thanks to Hitchcock's assured visual sense and Robert Burke's Oscar-winning Vistavision cinematography, Thief is giddy with eye candy, but the scenery is always secondary to the screenplay, which well serves the blinding star-power on display.
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Reviewer Nathan Rabin
ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Grant,Cary
Label Paramount Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid ...one of Hitchcock's lightest and most purely enjoyable exercises.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Chic and elegant in every way--and Kelly never looked more ravishing.
Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com Colorful, fun Hitchcock pairing Grant and Kelly.
Tim Dirks, The Greatest Films ...[a] lush, entertaining comedy/thriller...
VideoHound's Golden Movie Retriever ...a change of pace for Hitchcock...a charming comedy/thriller...

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