Thief Who Came to Dinner

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Bored and somewhat fed up with the open corruption around him, Webster McGee decides to quit his job as a computer engineer at Houston-based Control Data Corporation. What he doesn't tell his friends and now former associates is that he does have a plan for his future: to become a jewel thief. His initial primary motivation is not the money, but rather be what he considers an honest thief. His first successful theft against corrupt businessman Gene Henderling leads to several things. Out of circumstance, Webster is able to have a long list of potential future targets. Webster begins a relationship with poor but beautiful socialite Laura Keaton, to who he is open about what he now does as a living. Because he leaves at his thefts a calling card in the form a chess piece and a slip of paper with a chess move, Webster, being coined the Chess Burglar by the media, begins a very public chess match with the Houston Post's elitist chess columnist Zukovsky, who dismisses the Chess Burglar as ... Written by Huggo

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Webster and Laura took everything they wanted ... each other ... and a diamond worth $6.000.000.


Release Date:

1 March 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A sakkozó tolvaj See more »

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104 min

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1.85 : 1 See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Jacqueline Bisset took over the role of Laura from Charlotte Rampling, who bowed out because of pregnancy - VARIETY, Mar 15, 1972. See more »


Travis is pulled over by police and is asked for the car's registration. In the 70s, Texas did not require that the registration receipt be kept in the car and officers did not ask for it. Hollywood got it wrong because in California drivers were required to present their "registration." See more »


Webster: I'm well educated, Gene. And I've recently come into a great deal of money. Some of it is yours.
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