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      To Catch a Thief

      PG Released Aug 5, 1955 1h 46m Romance Comedy Mystery & Thriller List
      92% Tomatometer 53 Reviews 84% Audience Score 50,000+ Ratings Notorious cat burglar John Robie (Cary Grant) has long since retired to tend vineyards on the French Riviera. When a series of robberies is committed in his style, John must clear his name. Armed with a list of people who own the most expensive jewels currently in the area, John begins following the first owner, young Francie (Grace Kelly). When her jewels are stolen, Francie suspects John, destroying their tentative romance. John goes on the lam to catch the thief and clear his own name. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      It may occasionally be guilty of coasting on pure charm, but To Catch a Thief has it in spades -- as well as a pair of perfectly matched stars in Cary Grant and Grace Kelly.

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      Jean Yothers Orlando Sentinel It literally bubbles with humor, spice, sparkling dialogue and baffling complications which keep the moviegoer on tenterhooks right up to the heap big surprise ending. Sep 25, 2021 Full Review Ed Potton Times (UK) It's not one of Hitch's most profound films, but it remains a twinkling, innuendo-laden pleasure, with Grant, Kelly and the French Riviera vying for your attention. Rated: 4/5 Nov 3, 2019 Full Review Peter Bradshaw Guardian Francie finds something inauthentic in Robie: "like an American in an English movie". Well, yes, perhaps. But Grant's debonair and oddly unlocatable mid-Atlantic identity is absolutely right for the part. Rated: 5/5 Aug 7, 2014 Full Review Zita Short InSession Film If you’re enthusiastic about costuming or beautiful women, this might to be for you. If you’re looking for more than that, this will leave you feeling cheated out of your money and time. Feb 2, 2023 Full Review Edward Porter Sunday Times (UK) The story... lacks suspense, and some of the script’s double entendres have a Carry On quality, yet the film easily gets by on its stars’ charms and the surrounding air of luxury. Nov 7, 2022 Full Review Andrew Sarris Film Culture Both director and writer seem unable to sustain character, much less develop, and enrich it. Both [To Catch and Thief and The Trouble with Harry] drag along from scene to scene without much inner motivation. Nov 18, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Jeff M While this doesn't reach the extraordinary heights of Hitchcock's masterpieces like STRANGERS ON A TRAIN and PSYCHO, I'm learning that second-tier Hitchcock is still better than the vast majority of movies out there! This is an extraordinarily entertaining caper film filled with game performances and some wonderful scenery of France. Truth be told, I was less interested in the titular catching of a thief and more enamored in the relationship between Grant and Kelly, who have a fantastic chemistry together. Watching them together is pure joy! I'm ashamed to admit that my knowledge of classic film needs improvement, but watching this makes me very anxious to check out more movies in both Grant's and Kelly's filmography. The rooftop climax is expertly directed, and this is an elegant, classy cat and mouse game. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/06/24 Full Review HoN L It didn't drive me crazy with suspense and thrill, as you would expect of a Hitchcock movie, but it still catch my eye with some amazing dialogue, playfull romance with it's little twists and of course, Grace Kelly and Cary Grant's amazing acting. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/29/24 Full Review Dock R Glamorous and fast-paced, Cary Grant could easily be mistaken for an early James Bond. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/15/24 Full Review Allan C Classic Hitchcock film with Grace Kelly (in her final film with Hitch) in her finest ice queen role. Cary Grant plays John Robie, The Cat, a notorious burglar turned French Resistance hero once WWII broke out. Now retired and living in the French Riviera, he finds himself framed for a series of jewel robberies fitting his prior M.O. My only complaint about this film is that the mystery itself is not all that compelling, but the chemistry between the charming Grant and the icy Kelly is legendary! It's pretty typical of Hitchcock to let the story or plot take a backseat to set pieces and interesting scenes. Also, Grant and Kelly give audiences what is arguably the greatest onscreen kiss of all time, standing on a balcony at a lush Monaco hotel with fireworks exploding in the background. Grant and Ingrid Bergman are close runners-up in Hitchcock's NOTORIOUS, but my all-time favorite movie kiss goes to Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly in Hitchcocks's REAR WINDOW. Hitch knows kissing, but besides kissing, he delivers his usual memorable suspense set pieces and makes wonderful use of the Monaco locations. However, the most unsettling part of the film is when Kelly recklessly drives along a mountain road with Grant, which years later would be this same road the real-life Princess Grace would die in a fatal car crash. Overall, this is a suspense film classic and among Hitchcock's best, but not quite among his top-tier films (which would be NORTH BY NORTHWEST, PSYCHO, REAR WINDOW, VERTIGO, NOTORIOUS, STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, and SHADOW OF A DOUBT). Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 07/03/23 Full Review steven a What the film lacks in substance it more than makes up for in charm, colour and sumptuous locations beautifully captured by Burks' camera. Grant and Kelly are excellent, as is Landis as Kelly's boozy mother. Kelly looks radiant and is elegantly dressed in Edith Head's costumes. Hitchcock adds some neat touches through the shot set-up and keeps the tone humorous throughout, occasionally adding moments of tension – notably in the well-staged rooftop climax. The result is a winning movie that breezes along on the chemistry of its stars. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review ChrisCSH Cary Grant and Grace Kelly are perfectly cast in To Catch a Thief from director icon Alfred Hitchcock that follows Grant's character John Robi, as he tries to track down a cat burglar, who everyone thinks is him. The film gleams 1950s charm and elegance with fantastic cinematography of the French Riviera landscape. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 11/30/22 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Notorious cat burglar John Robie (Cary Grant) has long since retired to tend vineyards on the French Riviera. When a series of robberies is committed in his style, John must clear his name. Armed with a list of people who own the most expensive jewels currently in the area, John begins following the first owner, young Francie (Grace Kelly). When her jewels are stolen, Francie suspects John, destroying their tentative romance. John goes on the lam to catch the thief and clear his own name.
      Director
      Alfred Hitchcock
      Producer
      Alfred Hitchcock
      Screenwriter
      John Michael Hayes
      Distributor
      Paramount Pictures
      Production Co
      Paramount Pictures
      Rating
      PG (Smoking|Mild Suggestive Material|Some Action Violence)
      Genre
      Romance, Comedy, Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 5, 1955, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 2, 2017
      Runtime
      1h 46m
      Sound Mix
      Mono
      Aspect Ratio
      35mm, 1.66:1
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