Sounds from Thief

This is intended to be an ad hoc review of the sounds from Michael Mann's amazing film Thief. These are lines, or exchanges, of dialog that I find stick with me, and contribute to my coming back to this film again and again. This presentation is intended only as cinematic criticism (and is therefore fair use under copyright law).

These sounds were sampled in mono, 8 bits, 11kHz -- for each, I've provided the length in seconds and the size of the .wav file.

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Directed by Michael Mann

Written by Michael Mann

Starring James Caan, Tuesday Weld, Robert Prosky, & Willie Nelson


     "You wouldn't believe the quality of people they're putting in here these days. Ten or fifteen years ago they'd have dumped them in the funny farm somewhere. Rapists, child molesters, they put that sh-t right in here with the mainstream population. Used to be, sombody like that, if they lasted five days it'd be a world record."


     "Lie to no one. If it's somebody close to you, you're going to ruin it with a lie. And if they're a stranger, who the f-ck are they you got to lie to them?"


     "I am the last guy in the world that you wantto f-ck with."


     "I am self-employed. I am doing fine. I don't deal with egos, I am Joe the boss of my own body, so what the f-ck do I have to work for you for?"


     "Look, I steal ice. No furs, no coin collections, no stock certificates, no cartage, no Treasury bonds, no nothing -- just diamonds or cash."


     "Meanwhile, I got to go back into the mainstream population. And I know, the minute I hit the yard, I am a dead man. So, I hit the yard, so you know what happens. Nothing. I mean, nothing happens. Because I don't mean nothing to myself, I don't care about me, I don't care about nothing. You know. And I know from that day, that I survive. Because I achieve that mental attitude."


     "This is payday, it is over."
     "You know, when you have trouble with the cops, you pay them off, like everyone else, because that's the way things are done. But not you, huh?"
     "No. They don't run me, and you don't run me."
     "I give you houses, I give you a car, your family -- I thought you'd come around. What the hell is this -- where is gratitude?"
     "Where is my end?"
     "You can't see day for night."
     "I can see my money is still in your pocket, which is from the yield of my labor. What gratitude? You are making big profits from my work, my risk, my sweat. But that is OK, because I elected to make that deal. But now, the deal is over, I want my end, and I am out."


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