Thief Who Came to Dinner, The: Bud Yorkin’s Heist Comedy, Starring Ryan O’Neal and Jacqueline Bisset

Bud Yorkin directed The Thief Who Came to Dinner, a heist comedy, based on the novel by Terrence Lore Smith, starring Ryan O’Neal and Jacqueline Bisset.

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The secondary cast includes Charles Cioffi, Warren Oates, and Jill Clayburgh.

Webster McGee (Ryan O’Neal) is a computer programmer who quits his job and adopts a life of crime as a jewel thief in Houston, Texas.

His first job involves robbing rich businessman Henderling (Charles Cioffi), stealing from him money and information files that could destroy Henderling’s career.

McGee uses them to blackmail him, but instead of money he asks for introduction into high society, hoping to rob other rich houses.

After meeting Laura (Jacqueline Bisset) at a society function hosted by Henderling, she falls in love with McGee and helps him burglarize friends of Henderling.

Texas Mutual Insurance investigator Dave Reilly (Warren Oates) is intent on identifying Webster as the jewel thief, but during the investigation, Reilly and McGee develop friendship, forcing Reilly to decide whether to be loyal to his job or his friend.

Ryan O’Neal as Webster McGee
Jacqueline Bisset as Laura Keaton
Warren Oates as Dave Reilly, Texas Mutual
Jill Clayburgh as Jackie Johnson
Charles Cioffi as Gene Henderling
Ned Beatty as Deams
Austin Pendleton as Zukovsky
Gregory Sierra as Hector aka Dynamite
Michael Murphy as Ted


Directed by Bud Yorkin
Produced by Norman Lear, Bud Yorkin
Written by Walter Hill, based on novel by Terrence Lore Smith
Music by Henry Mancini
Cinematography Philip H. Lathrop
Edited by John Horger

Production company: Bud Yorkin Productions

Distributed by Warner Bros.

Release date: March 1, 1973

Running time: 104 minutes
Box office $1,750,000 (US/ Canada)