Nick Lassiter (Tom Selleck) is a gentleman jewel thief in 1939 London, England. He is arrested by the police after breaking into a London mansion and, after being a member of a phony lineup in which he is positively identified by a law enforcement plant, British law enforcement and the FBI blackmail Lassiter to break into the German Embassy and steal $10 million in Nazi diamonds from a German spy (Lauren Hutton), but first he must locate their hiding place. The gems are en route to South America and will be sold to help finance Hitler’s military buildup.
Lassiter (also known as The Magnificent Thief) is a 1984 American spy adventure action film starring Tom Selleck and Jane Seymour. The movie was made to cash in on Selleck’s popularity as the character Thomas Magnum on the show Magnum, P.I., but it failed to ignite the box-office on its release. The Magnum, P.I. connection is perhaps most clearly seen by the movie poster tagline: The Magnum Man Hits the Big Screen with a Vengeance.
Directed by: Roger Young
Starring: Tom Selleck, Jane Seymour, Lauren Hutton, Bob Hoskins, Joe Regalbuto, Warren Clarke, Edward Peel, Christopher Malcolm, Belinda Mayne
Screenplay by: David Taylor
Production Design by: Peter Mullins
Cinematography by: Gilbert Taylor
Film Editing by: Benjamin A. Weissman
Costume Design by: Barbara Lane
Set Decoration by: Jack Stephens
Art Direction by: Brian Ackland-Snow, Alan Tomkins
Music by: Ken Thorne
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Release Date: February 17, 1984