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All ex-convict Eddie Pedak (Alain Delon) wants is a fresh start with his wife, Kristine (Ann-Margret), and daughter, Kathy (Tammy Locke), as he tries to rebuild his life in San Francisco, but a few obstacles stand in his way. One is Inspector Mike Vido (Van Heflin) of the SFPD, who believes Pedak is the man who shot him several years back, and wants revenge. The other is Pedak's brother, Walter (Jack Palance), a lifetime criminal who persistently tries to recruit him to pull one last job.

Cast & Crew

Alain Delon
Eddie Pedak
Ann-Margret
Kristine Pedak
Van Heflin
Inspector Mike Vido SFPD
Jack Palance
Walter Pedak
John Davis Chandler
James Arthur Sargatanas, Walter's Henchman
Jeff Corey
Lt. Kebner SFPD
Tony Musante
Cleveland 'Cleve' Shoenstein
Steve Mitchell
Frank Kane
Tammy Locke
Kathy Pedak
Yuki Shimoda
John Ling, Chinese Funeral Director
Lalo Schifrin
Original Music
Robert Burks
Cinematographer
George W. Davis
Art Direction
Paul Groesse
Art Direction
Henry Grace
Set Decoration
Jack Mills
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Critic Reviews for Once a Thief

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Audience Reviews for Once a Thief

  • Dec 21, 2019
    Neat little Noir film with an intense performance by Ann Margaret. I didn't really buy Alain Delon's performance, although there are some undeniably passionate scenes between the two leads. The jazzy score by Lalo Schifrin is super and the location shooting in San Francisco adds a documentary-drama feel to the melodrama.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Jan 01, 2012
    Good melodrama by Ralph Nelson, but that could be better.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 27, 2010
    not the john woo film! it's a moody and melodramatic crime thriller that was the start of alain delon's very brief hollywood career. altho a huge star in europe throughout the 60's and 70's delon never broke in america and soon returned to france. the film is nothing we haven't seen dozens of times: an ex-con tries to go straight but keeps getting pulled back into the life. delon and ann-margret make a gorgeous couple but her acting style is a bit too histrionic. van heflin and jack palance do their respective thing and all is set to an ultra-jazzy lalo schifrin score. a curiosity for fans of delon i suppose. i sent in a poster
    Stella D Super Reviewer

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