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Parents' Guide to

To Catch a Thief

By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

A riveting, rollicking Hitchcock suspense classic.

Movie NR 1955 106 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 1 parent review

age 9+

The Ride of Your Life...

This is a joyous movie to behold. Filled with humor, wit, passion, action, danger, thrills, intrigue, and romance, it is truly a movie like no other. Cary Grant plays a reformed jewel thief, John Robie, known in infamy as The Cat. When a new string of high-profile thefts arise, it is up to him to prove that he is innocent: and the only way to do that is to catch the real thief. He teams up with a young American beauty (Grace Kelley) to find the New Cat, before it's too late. Parents need not be concerned about much in this film; aside from some tense scenes and the lightest of innuendos it is completely appropriate. This is a wonderful ride: don't miss it.

Is It Any Good?

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What could be better than a Hitchcock film set in the picturesque French Riviera? As always, you have to admire Hitchcock's pacing. It's quick without being rushed. To Catch a Thief is an especially good introduction to Hitchcock for teens. While it does involve intrigue and death threats, it's not as dark as Rear Window, The Birds, or Psycho.

And the glamour of the 1950s fashions are not to be missed. When Grace Kelly floats through a party in a huge gold lame strapless ballgown it's divine. And Kelly in a chiffon gown just for a dinner date -- decadent.

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