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Would You Prefer A Caper Or A Heist? [Dec. 14th, 2008|12:37 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
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Simon Bisson wrote an interesting post about his perspective on caper films and TV shows here: http://sbisson.livejournal.com/895505.html (go read it - I don't want to spoil his marvelous idea) reminding me how much I love caper films. That, in turn, made me wonder what caper/heist movies are out there that I haven't seen yet.

I found an entry for heist films on Wikipedia when I googled for "Caper movies" – that lead me to the entry for Caper stories. Between these and my own recollections, I've compiled a list.

* indicates that I've seen it.

Caper TV Shows

Leverage* (new TV series on TNT)
Hustle (TV series on the BBC)
Firefly,* created by Joss Whedon, particularly the episodes "Serenity," "The Train Job," "Ariel," and "Trash" (2002 – 2003)
Mission Impossible* (the original 1966 series; I've seen many episodes, but not all)

Caper Movies

Ocean's Eleven (1960, original) Ocean's Eleven (2001, remake),* Ocean's Twelve* (2004), Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
The Italian Job (both the 1969* and 2003* versions)
The Sting* (1973)
Sexy Beast (2000)
Heat (1995)
The Score (2001)
Topkapi (1964)
Rififi (1955) (plus there's a remake in process)
The First Great Train Robbery (1979)
The Thomas Crown Affair (1968 original* and the 1999 remake)
Kelly's Heroes (1970) – I should really watch this movie, given its name and the fact that it was released the year I was born…
The Great Muppet Caper* (1981)
Hudson Hawk* (1991; yes MANY people hate this movie and it was panned, but it's one of my all-time favorite movies)
Sneakers* (1992)
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
Three Kings* (1999)
Bank Shot (1974)
The Hot Rock (1972)
How to Steal a Million* (1966, starring Peter O’Toole and Audrey Hepburn – fabulous movie)
Beg, Borrow or Steal (1937)
Snatch (2000)
The Lavender Hill Mob (1951; and there's a 2009 remake in production)
The Ladykillers (1955; and the 2004 remake)
Entrapment (1999)
Bedtime Story (1964; remade as Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in 1988)
Confidence (2003)

Any other movies or TV shows you can recall? Any books worth reading about capers and heists?

[User Picture]From: rmd
2008-12-14 09:35 am (UTC)
oh, i absolutely recommend kelly's heroes. it was one of those films i saw occasionally on television back when the non-network stations showed a lot of movies (and old syndicated shows). donald sutherland's performance alone is worth the time to watch the movie.

i think "snatch" is a caper film.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2008-12-15 03:58 am (UTC)
i think "snatch" is a caper film.

I think you're right. And I've seen it. Twice, IIRC.
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[User Picture]From: foomf
2008-12-14 02:15 pm (UTC)
As I responded to the original: two Alec Guiness movies not to be missed, "The Lavendar Hill Mob" and the pure archetype of the caper gone wrong movie, "The Ladykillers" ... do NOT see the recent remakes, as they are fecal. See the originals. The black-and-white will not scar your mind as you are a grownup and can handle the confusion.
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2008-12-15 03:56 am (UTC)
Dude, I'm (calculates in head) 38. I love b&w movies. Please do not assume I am a run-of-the-mill watcher of films.

Man, I miss Danny Kaye movies playing the public channels on a gloomy Saturday afternoon.
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[User Picture]From: foomf
2008-12-15 05:37 am (UTC)
Precisely the opposite of assuming you were run of the mill. More a case of contempt for the reasoning of the people who remade the films because nobody wants to see black and white.
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[User Picture]From: whitebird
2008-12-14 07:31 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed Entrapment. I think that's a caper movie.
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[User Picture]From: muffyjo
2008-12-14 11:24 pm (UTC)
Wow! Now there's my next career move! Truth be told, it's kind of what i do NOW!

What about Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988) a remake of Bedtime Story (1964)?

Not sure if that really counts as it's sort of on the borderline (and btw, they're remaking it in 2010).
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[User Picture]From: kjc
2008-12-15 03:57 am (UTC)
Huh, I've never seen Bedtime Story, although I found Dirty Rotten Scoundrels fairly amusing... I might enjoy the original more. Thanks!
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From: tamidon
2008-12-14 11:47 pm (UTC)
Confidence which had some weird aspects to it
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