Once a Thief (1965)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Drama, Caper  |   Release Date - Sep 8, 1965 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 106 min.  |   Countries - France , United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Once a thief, always a thief. This is the sorry lot of Eddie (Alain Delon), an ex-convict who tries his best to go straight. He marries Kristine (Ann-Margret), who bears him a child. Seeking out a new start in San Francisco, Eddie is dogged by vengeful cop Vito (Van Heflin), who thinks that the ex-con shot him years earlier. Eddie is arrested by Vito for a crime committed by someone else. Though he is set free, he is unable to find work after the truth about his past is revealed. Kristine is forced to take a job in a strip joint (her costumes are frustratingly modest) to make ends meet, a fact that sends Eddie spiralling into a depression-and, ultimately one last caper, engineered by his brother (Jack Palance). The grim proceedings in Once a Thief were originally put down on paper by novelist Zekial Marko, who plays a small role in the screen version.

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ex-convict, brother, frame-up, police-officer, robbery, wife