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Caper Recommendations
Topic by: zdislaw
Posted: January 14, 2004 - 6:52 AM PST
Last Reply: January 26, 2004 - 10:01 AM PST

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author topic: Caper Recommendations
zdislaw
post #1  on January 14, 2004 - 6:52 AM PST  
Does anyone have recommendations for good caper movies? My tolerance for dumbness is low enough that these don't have to be GREAT movies, just good. I've got a thing for capers and am having trouble finding more.

Here's a basic list of what I'm talking about:

Oceans 11 (see what I mean about tolerance for dumbness?)
House of Games
The Score
The Heist
The Italian Job (again, tolerance is everything)
The Great Train Robbery
Heat

Thanks!
Brockton
post #2  on January 14, 2004 - 8:41 AM PST  
I few that I've enjoyed:
Rififi
The Asphalt Jungle (not available on DVD, unfortunately)
A Fish Called Wanda
Three Kings
The Killing
The Killers
The Killers

No, I didn't accidentally type The Killers twice. The first one stars Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner, the second stars Angie Dickenson, Lee Marvin, and Ronald Reagan. They are part of a wonderful two-disc set from Criterion.

I've also heard rather good things about The Lavender Hill Mob, but I haven't seen it yet.

The new Ladykillers movie from the Coen Brothers looks pretty good too. The original is available on GreenCine.
dh22
post #3  on January 14, 2004 - 12:46 PM PST  
Have you seen both versions of The Italian Job? They are completely different.
dh22
post #4  on January 14, 2004 - 12:56 PM PST  
Killing Zoe
Reservoir Dogs
Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Sexy Beast
dh22
post #5  on January 14, 2004 - 12:57 PM PST  
What aspects of the caper movies do you enjoy? Ronin, for example, has some of the best car chase scenes ever.
Eoliano
post #6  on January 14, 2004 - 1:06 PM PST  
Mmm, capers!

Here are some French caper titles

Any Number Can Win
Le Cercle Rouge
Un Flic
Rififi
DLeonard
post #7  on January 14, 2004 - 1:34 PM PST  
I would have to 2nd all of Brockton's recommendations, especially Rififi and The Killing.

One I really enjoyed, slightly caperish, is Get Shorty. What happened to Barry Sonnenfeld????

Burt Reynolds last decent film before being saved by P.T. Anderson was a real good caper; Breaking In.

Also, I found Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels to be much better than Snatch

If you liked the Mamet films, the one I really got into was The Spanish Prisoner. And if you liked Heat, try Michael Mann's debut Thief. Haven't seen it in a while, but I think it holds up.

Speaking of not having seen something in a long time, there was Bank Shot which I saw at a very young age, and remember thinking it was very funny. I'd be curious to see it again.
dh22
post #8  on January 14, 2004 - 2:01 PM PST  
Thanks for replying to my post. I'm unable to reply because I'm a non-paying member...doh! I accidentally was a paying member for just long enough to post ('bout a half-hour), then corrected my subscription and now cannot post. Hadn't realized that only paying members could post. Again with the "doh!"

Thanks all for your suggestions! See you when I can afford to join again. And thanks dh22 for posting this for me (if in fact, he was kind enough to do so).

--zdislaw


Why do I always get requests like this?
Cinenaut
post #9  on January 14, 2004 - 2:19 PM PST  
The Hot Rock
How to Steal a Million - Not available at GreenCine yet. It looks like it's on DVD. Someone should request it (I have it on VHS). Audrey Hepburn and Peter O'Toole in a William Wyler film!
larbeck
post #10  on January 14, 2004 - 6:36 PM PST  
Is "Raising Arizona" a caper movie? It is one of the funniest movie known to Lifekind and unique in so many ways.
dh22
post #11  on January 14, 2004 - 8:27 PM PST  
> On January 14, 2004 - 6:36 PM PST larbeck wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Is "Raising Arizona" a caper movie? It is one of the funniest movie known to Lifekind and unique in so many ways.
> ---------------------------------

Kinda, but I would file it as more a chase film. The theft takes place in the beginning of the film so I personally wouldn't call it a caper. Caper films should be mostly about the preperation and carrying out of the crime.
underdog
post #12  on January 15, 2004 - 1:33 PM PST  
In addition the fine films mentioned already, may I recommend one of the best "bumbling caper" films (is that a sub-subgenre?) ever:

Big Deal on Madonna Street, starring one of Eoliano's favorites, Marcello Mastroianni! Magnifico!

It was remade badly by Louis Malle as Crackers, and again, sort of, as the not too bad little movie, Welcome to Collinwood.

underdog
post #13  on January 15, 2004 - 1:36 PM PST  
> On January 14, 2004 - 2:19 PM PST Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> How to Steal a Million - Not available at GreenCine yet. It looks like it's on DVD. Someone should request it (I have it on VHS). Audrey Hepburn and Peter O'Toole in a William Wyler film!
> ---------------------------------

By the way, this one actually is *not* out on DVD yet, unfortunately. We will definitely get it, but if you spot its release before we do, feel free to drop us a reminder note. Audrey! Ooooh..

Craig
Cinenaut
post #14  on January 15, 2004 - 2:15 PM PST  
Curse that IMDB.com and its false DVD indicators!

> On January 15, 2004 - 1:36 PM PST underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> By the way, this one actually is *not* out on DVD yet, unfortunately. We will definitely get it, but if you spot its release before we do, feel free to drop us a reminder note. Audrey! Ooooh..
>
> Craig
> ---------------------------------

IWhitney
post #15  on January 16, 2004 - 7:00 AM PST  
I think of Running Out Of Time as a caper movie, although it's not the kind of caper that many people would expect.

The Hot Rock has been mentioned as is one of my current favorite capers, along with Cercle Rouge.

Another French one is touchez pas au grisbi, which isn't on DVD now, but should be shortly. There's a restored print playing the art-house circuit.

And no one has mentioned The Grifters which is a unique con film.

While it's not as good as Spanish Prisoner, House Of Games is another good Mamet con/caper film.
LStokes
post #16  on January 16, 2004 - 8:34 AM PST  
two recs from me: "The Long Good Friday" and particularly "Any Number Can Win", both available through GreenCine.

-Lee
WMehilos
post #17  on January 16, 2004 - 9:03 AM PST  
Rififi and Le Cercle Rouge are my two favorites..another good one is Grand Slam
ALittlefield
post #18  on January 16, 2004 - 1:32 PM PST  
TOPKAPI, by Jules Dassen, 1964, is not on DVD, but it's real good! And I have seen THE LAVANDER HILL MOB, and it's great fun too. And there's also David Mamet's recent HEIST, which wasn't as good as HOUSE OF GAMES or THE SPANISH PRISONER, but it's worth seeing.
ALittlefield
post #19  on January 16, 2004 - 1:33 PM PST  
Oh, and I almost forgot: NINE QUEENS, an excellent Spanish film that came out in the year 2000.
dpowers
post #20  on January 16, 2004 - 2:12 PM PST  
also the castle of cagliostro - which is animation - and trouble in paradise - which is very animated.
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