|Would You Prefer A Caper Or A Heist?
||[Dec. 14th, 2008|12:37 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
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)
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)
The Score (2001)
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)
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)
EDITED TO ADD SUGGESTIONS FROM COMMENTS:
The Lavender Hill Mob (1951; and there's a 2009 remake in production)
The Ladykillers (1955; and the 2004 remake)
Bedtime Story (1964; remade as Dirty Rotten Scoundrels in 1988)
Any other movies or TV shows you can recall? Any books worth reading about capers and heists?