Once a Thief

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In this film, Alain Delon plays an ex-convict who tries to go straight. He marries Ann-Margret, who bears him a child. Seeking out a new start in San Francisco, Delon is dogged by vengeful cop Van Heflin, who thinks that the ex-con shot him years earlier.


Alain Delon
as Eddie Pedak
as Kristine Pedak
Van Heflin
as Inspector Mike Vido SFPD
Jack Palance
as Walter Pedak
John Davis Chandler
as James Sargatanas
Jeff Corey
as Lt. Kebner
Tony Musante
as Cleve Shoenstein
Steve Mitchell
as Frank Kane
Tammy Locke
as Kathy Pedak
Russell Lee
as Drummer
Yuki Shimoda
as John Ling
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Audience Reviews for Once a Thief

  • 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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