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To Catch a Thief (The Centennial Collection) (Bilingual)

Cary Grant , Grace Kelly , Alfred Hitchcock    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
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This minor 1955 work by Alfred Hitchcock, one of the lighter entries of his creative peak in the 1950s, is still imbued with the master's stock themes of shared guilt and romantic ambivalence. It is also hardly lacking in Hitchcockian cinematic inventiveness, such as a famous, often-imitated sequence in which some smooching between stars Cary Grant and Grace Kelly is intercut with a fireworks show that just happens to be going on outside in a Riviera setting. Grant plays a reformed cat burglar who is suspected of reviving his trade, though he knows someone else is using his old methods. A very enjoyable experience, but don't get this confused with Hitchcock's other Cary Grant film of that decade, which was a masterpiece: North by Northwest. --Tom Keogh

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thief! Feb. 22 2007
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Alfred Hitchcock made two kinds of movies: bone-chilling thrillers that looked into the dark side of human nature, and witty adventure stories.

"To Catch A Thief" is a sterling example of the latter kind of movie -- a chic, sleek, golden-tinted caper, full of witty dialogue and solid acting from legendary actors. Despite the taut action scenes, Hitchcock makes it feel almost like a cinematic vacation.

Paul Robie (Cary Grant) was "The Cat," the most notorious jewel thief in Europe, before he retired. But now impossible heists -- made in Robie's style -- are popping up all over Cannes, and he's the immediate suspect. Narrowly escaping the police, he enlists a friend to help him clear his name by capturing this new Cat.

To do that, he masquerades as an American tourist, and gets to know pretty oil heiress Frances Stevens (Grace Kelly) and her mother. But when the Stevens jewels are stolen, Frances brings the cops down on Robie -- and now he is more desperate than ever to find the Cat, because he suspects it's an old friend...

Hitchcock was in fine form with "To Catch a Thief," especially since he had two great actors in the mix. Granted this isn't one of his more insightful or suspenseful movies, but it captures a sense of sly wit and fun instead.

If "To Catch A Thief" has a problem, it's that astute viewers will be able to guess who the Cat is after about a half hour, maximum. But fortunately viewers can be distracted by Hitchcock's knack for razor-sharp dialogue ("What do you say?" "My only comment would be highly censorable") and double entendres (during an intimate lunch, Francie asks, "You want a leg or a breast?").
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super film, un grand classique Dec 24 2012
By Luigi
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Il faut voir et revoir ce beau film de Hitchcock! Magniques Grant et Kelly dans le sud de la France.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock movie Nov. 25 2013
By George Jones TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I will take into consideration in this review that this movie was made and 1954 and released in 1955. Watching the special features after the movie helped to understand why this one did so well in its day and why it was nominated for 3 Academy Awards and won the Oscar for Best Cinematography.

The story was interesting and the photography really was stunning. However, there were times in the storyline when we paused the DVD, looked at each other and said, "How did we just get from there to here?" So, there were leaps in the progression of the story where we just had to fill in the blanks. We also found the dialogue between John (Cary Grant) and Frances (Grace Kelly) to be choppy and unrealistic. People just don't talk that way to each other all the time. This probably was an attempt at including wit into the movie, but it was overdone.

I gave this 4 stars because of the advanced techniques that were used in the making of this movie. For the actual content itself, I would have given it a 3, but that's based on the comparison between what was produced then and now. We did appreciate learning from the special features that, at that time, there was a strict code of ethics and morality to be adhered to by movie makers which meant that the movies were a lot more "family friendly" than most of them are today. I find it sad that we can't still have that code in effect coupled with all the wonderful technology and special effects that go into movie making today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paramount does up the "Thief" just right! Dec 26 2009
By Robert Badgley TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The 1955 Hitchcock drama/thriller "To Catch a Thief" gets the high hat treatment as part of Paramount's two disc Centennial collection of movies.
The movie filmed in Vistavision(Hitchcock's first in this format)stars the suave,debonair and very much tanned Cary Grant and the soon to be real Princess of Monaco,looking stunning I might add,Grace Kelly.All outside footage was shot on the French Riviera in and around the Nice area...and beautiful is the scenery we see throughout.
The film concerns itself with a famous pre-WW2 thief by the name of John Robie(Grant).During the war he was part of the Maquis and became quite famous for his heroic exploits with them.After the war he went legit and is living a contented life in a wonderful villa over looking the Mediterranean until some 15 years later when another thief starts to pick up where Robie left off;copying Robie's style to a tee.
The local constabulary of course suspect him right away.When they come a-knocking Robie leads them on a wild goose chase and for the first while stays barely a step ahead of them.He seeks out an ex-Maquis friend named Bertani who runs a restaurant and who offers his assistance.However his staff,who are also all ex freedom fighters,view Robie as persona non grata,think he's guilty and want no part of him.
Bertani hooks him up with the local Lloyd's of London agent(John Williams) who is the insurer for many of the victim's of the thefts.Robie figures the best person to catch the thief is himself as no one would know the thief's next moves better.The agent supplies him with a list of individuals and their insured property so Robie can get a better handle on what and who might be next.
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5.0 out of 5 stars To Catch A Thief Blu-ray Review and bilingual covers
As far as To Catch A Thief Blu-ray is concerned, it'a a no-brainer to give it a 5 star rating. Regarding the cover though, I totally and completely agree with Reconnecting To My... Read more
Published on July 23 2012 by Daniel Martel
3.0 out of 5 stars Another great film, ruined by Canadian Policies
I love this film, but like many others lately, I've had to buy it in the United States. As I've said in other reviews, I am proud that this is a bilingual country, I understand law... Read more
Published on March 8 2012 by Reconnecting To My Childhood
5.0 out of 5 stars The thief has finally been captured on an incredible DVD!!
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"Is it true, or just a rumour--that John Robie, a former cat burglar of Paris before the war [World War II], is once again on the prowl? Read more
Published on Oct. 22 2009 by Stephen Pletko
5.0 out of 5 stars To catch a break
Alfred Hitchcock made two kinds of movies: bone-chilling thrillers that looked into the dark side of human nature, and witty adventure stories. Read more
Published on June 5 2009 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars Thief and thief
Alfred Hitchcock made two kinds of movies: bone-chilling thrillers that looked into the dark side of human nature, and witty adventure stories. Read more
Published on March 4 2007 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars Thief and thief
Alfred Hitchcock made two kinds of movies: bone-chilling thrillers that looked into the dark side of human nature, and witty adventure stories. Read more
Published on Feb. 1 2007 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars It takes a thief to catch a thief
Years ago John Robie (Cary Grant) decided that it was better to live rich than poor. So he became a joule thief. He was pretty good at his trade. Read more
Published on Nov. 23 2006 by bernie
4.0 out of 5 stars With Class and Grace
To Catch A Thief marks a departure for director Alfred Hitchcock. Here, he sheds the moniker as The Master Of Suspense, going more for romance and comedy--rather than any of his... Read more
Published on July 16 2004 by T. Lobascio
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hitchcock romantic mystery
Cary Grant and Grace Kelly are funny and witty and they keep you involved in the story. Not what I expected from Alfred Hitchcock, but it was a great movie none the less.
Published on March 4 2004 by S. Geeck
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