To Catch A Thief

To Catch A Thief

DVD - 2007
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John Robie is a reformed jewel thief who was once known as "The Cat." 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, he sees a chance to bait the mysterious thief with her mother's fabulous jewels. His plan backfires, however, but Frances, who believes him guilty, proves her love by helping him escape.
Publisher: Hollywood, Calif. : Paramount Home Entertainment, [2007]
Edition: Special collector's ed
ISBN: 9781415727638
1415727635
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (106 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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1aa
Sep 04, 2019

An enjoyable film that seesaws in its excitements from beginning to end; it also ends with a neat and complete ending (a confession by the real perpetrator) like other Hitchcock films. The main character, Robie, and the mother and daughter duo, and how they get along and develop is the key to the film, even more interesting than the main plot.

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iloveseaotters
May 26, 2019

Every time I see a Cary Grant movie, I like him more. He and Grace Kelly were great in "Thief". However the thing I loved most about this movie was the breathtaking scenery. Just stunning and it only enhanced the movie's qualities. Great suspense and drama here and Cary Grant delivers some surprisingly hilarious moments. There is also a very clever cameo involved, so be sure and watch for it!

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yellow_zebra_264
Apr 11, 2019

Jewel thieves, car chases, and climbing on rooftops are all here in “To Catch a Thief,” a cleverly written tale starring Cary Grant and Grace Kelly. This is a spectacular mystery that will intrigue all who watch it!

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ManMachine
Sep 14, 2018

Following the huge box-office success of his Technicolor crime/thriller "Rear Window" - British film director, Alfred Hitchcock returned in full-force with 1955's "To Catch A Thief" (TCAT, for short).

Starring 2 of Hollywood's most appealing and reliable actors of the 1950s (Grace Kelly and Cary Grant) - TCAT is a riveting roller-coaster ride that takes the viewer to the cosmopolitan location of the French Riviera where jewel thieving, romance, and glamour all go hand-in-hand.

You can be sure - Hitchcock offers you a story of deadly intrigue that accelerates into an adrenaline-rush climax that's guaranteed to keep you glued to your seat till the final credits start rolling by.

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jimg2000
Apr 18, 2017

My god, was Grace Kelly beautiful! And the scenes of the Riviera shot from a helicopter are stunning.

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Onewhoissaved
Aug 29, 2016

"To Catch a Thief", 1955, Hitchcocks pairs Cary Grant with Grace Kelly. (Grant did 4 films for the ovate Hitchcock and Kelly did 3.) Retired jewel thief John Robie seeks to salvage his reputation as a gone-straight former thief by finding out the identity of a copy-cat thief who seems to duplicate all of Robie's style. Grace Kelly is the beautiful daughter of a very wealthy woman who owns the kinds of jewels to attract the jewel thief. There is more romance than intrigue or suspense in this picture. Hitchcock obsessed with blond leading ladies. Veteran English actor John Williams adds good support. One interesting fact is that in this film Grace Kelly's mother is played by Jessie Royce Landis who plays Cary Grant's mother in 'North by Northwest'. Landis was only 8 years older than Grant. The French setting in 1955 is very appealing. No over-done violence and no lurid sex scenes makes this movie a relief from today's classless movie making. The coloring of this film is marvelous.

LPL_DanC Aug 10, 2015

Cary Grant's disturbingly leathery tan is the only thing to mar this otherwise sumptuous piece of eye candy from Alfred Hitchcock. It's not Hitch's greatest by a longshot, but Grace Kelly and Grant are fun to watch, and the sweeping helicopter shots of the French Riviera must have been mind-blowing to audiences in 1955. This movie really takes its time; it's an interesting difference between now and then, as is the lifestyle of Grant's character, whose profession--cat burglar--seems to be something one used to hear about quite a bit, but rarely does now. Perhaps more sophisticated alarm systems and super rich who don't wear jewels around in public have really hurt that profession. This one is worth a watch for arm chair travelers, or fans of Hitchcock, Kelly, or Grant.

d2013 Nov 07, 2014

Pure entertainment with a beautiful cast. One cannot go wrong with Gary Grant and Grace Kelly.

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phantomas
Jan 12, 2014

Alfred Hitchcock directed many movies, among them Rear Window, Rebecca, Notorious, and Shadow of a Doubt, but the Hitchcock film that I watch over and over is To Catch a Thief. Yes, it is corny, and yes, in some places even trite, but the actors, the scenery, and the suspense hold my interest. So what's it about, you ask? The Cat has returned. The Cat was the most famous jewel thief in Europe before WWII. Or possibly someone who can imitate the Cat in every detail. John Robie (formerly known as the Cat) has a choice: catch the imposter or go straight to jail. Who is telling the truth: Robie's former associates, the police, or Robie himself? Based on a crime thriller by David Dodge (his books are being published by Hard Case Crime), this 1955 movie will delight you, entice you to travel to the French Riviera, or make you look considerate in the eyes of your significant other as if you have chosen a movie just for him or her. And as a bonus, consider the eye candy: Cary Grant, Grace Kelley, and Brigitte Auber, such flowers as have not flourished in Hollywood before or since.

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Monolith
Aug 29, 2013

This was definitely a charming film. Hitchcock's follow-up to his highly successful prior pieces, "Rear Window", and "Dial M for Murder". I am, unfortunately, unlike most on this page, more prone to prefer those two over this one. A big production, granted; lots of beautiful people in beautiful vistas and life is beautiful. Even the criminals are beautiful, for crying out loud. Heavy on romance. Light on suspense. And that's where it lost some points for me. I'm not discrediting that, by any means; if pompous blue-haired people prancing around in Louis XV period gowns are your thing, more power to ya. I simply am not one who's into the whole glamour and glitz thing. Give me a raw black and white film noir with ugly mugs and ditzy dames and flatfoots trying to figure out who stiffed the stiff any day of the week and I'm happy. Nice film here, just too gooey for me.

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phantomas
Jan 12, 2014

DANIELLE:"If you were in South America with me, you will know exactly what will happen." ROBIE:"You make it sound dangerous either way." DANIELLE:"It would be so much nicer to be killed by love, no?" ROBIE:"Pardon me while I get the water out of my ear." DANIELLE: "John, you know what sort of men they are at Bertani’s. Another robbery, and they will do something to you." ROBIE: I think I’d better get back." DANIELLE:"What has she got more than me—except money? And you are gathering plenty of that." ROBIE:"Danielle, you are just a girl. She is a woman." DANIELLE:"Why do you want to buy an old car, if you can get a new one cheaper? It will run better and last longer." ROBIE:"It looks as if my old car just drove off." FRANCIE:"No it hasn't. It's just turned amphibious."

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Monolith
Aug 29, 2013

Frances Stevens (of the chicken -- lol): "You want a leg or a breast?" John Robie: "...You make the choice."

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Monolith
Aug 29, 2013

Frances Stevens (of John Robie): "Oh, mother, he played us *both* for fools, and you know it!" Jessie Stevens: "I know you ought to be spanked with a hairbrush and sent back to school; *PUBLIC* school; where they could pound some sense into you during recess!"

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