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I woke up this morning all creepy and disgusting. It's horrible.
i'm going to leeds soon. i'm going to find him
Didn't you hear about it? It was on the news.
even better, gf is going for a job interview there in friday, you know what that could mean!
but it's very unlikely
apart from all our mums, what did you do with your last day of being a middle-aged man?
I've got loads of questions about the Crimean War I need answering
I'm not here though. Too busy enjoying myself.
You must be like a botanical Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman this morning.
Sir, I don't think you can afford those particular topiaries.
zxcvbnm-: <slowly spreads out half a dozen vouchers like a fan without breaking eye contact>
Ohhh, sir, please....do come with me to our special VIP compost lounge
Toilet Dog loves his chick flicks.
I will - and have - defended Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion against people who don't know an excellent "romp" when they see one. My taste is a broad church. Open your hearts people
It was ok. Not really a chick flick though. You're being a bit sexist there mate.
Hello, is Alan Cumming in?
Can I see him then please?
No, he's not here yet
I happen to enjoy both, but my sense tells me many who enjoy a CAPER don't necessarily enjoy a ROMP
The most important issue when making a listing for a genre is trying to separate apples from oranges. The genre subject to this listings, heist movies is a sub genre of crime movies. Even though it is already a sub genre, if you put all of them in same listing, you will be ending up with this apples-oranges problem. Where to put a great heist movie intended to be a comedy, sometimes a kind of fantasy among the first class job serious heist movies? Or how can you decide if a heist movie like Inside Man is better than a Dog Day Afternoon, while the second one's concerns are completely different? Does grifting / fraud movies fall to the genre? Can we count the movies for this listing which are simply about stealing but not organized heist? What about the movies whose main action is burglary? And the ones is about trying to get a ransom by committing a kidnapping, but very well organized and told? What about the movies where the stealing action never takes place, but the characters are after already stolen (or lost while stealing) loot?
That's why I tried to divide the genre into 3 main categories to be fair at least to my cinema view. And, of course, I applied my own criteria to judge what movie falls into what group. And even that method was sometimes not enough, so I sub-grouped them with the type of the theft committed. At the end I could call all those movies as 'theft movies' without being have to skip any of them without mentioning. First group is called 'Pure Robbery / Heist Movies'. To me, they are the movies basically:
a. Their plots are serious and
b. Can happen in real life although sometimes they are pretty fantasy like and
c. And their story concentrates on -generally organized- theft, where we see at least one of first two acts in a satisfactory dose.
(Act 1: Introduction/Preparation, Act 2: Stealing, Act 3: Aftermath)
Second group is Caper Movies. They are the movies:
a. No matter what acts of the movies is told/presented in what dose, they are intended to be a comedy in first place. and
b. Their plots are humorous and what happens in the movie can't happen in real life or too coincidental to happen.
And the third group is called 'Alternative Robbery / Heist Movies'. Meaning that:
a. Although the movie is most of time absolutely about theft and thieves, it concentrates other matters more than the theft act, therefore falls other genres like drama, adventure, biography before it falls to heist genre or
b. Concentrates the thieves more than the theft, so most of the time, they are character studies or even sometimes biographies or
c. Separate themselves from other heist / theft movies by having radically different nature or a different grammar or
d. Solely concentrates on Act 1 (Preparation) or solely on Act 3 (Aftermath) or concentrates one of these acts much more than other other two acts.
In that point of view, although some movies are considered as caper (like The Sting, Ocean's Eleven) in general, to me they were Pure Robbery / Heist Movies. Or although Quick Change is a comedy heist, since it is as organized as the serious heist movies, and a heist could happen in real life, it isn't a caper movie in my opinion.
1. "The Pink Panther" (1964)
A notorious gem thief (David Niven) charms his way to snatch the world's most spectacular diamond. Lukewarm on the trail, the deliciously bumbling Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers) in his first screen case. Writer-director Blake Edwards envelops sophistication around the cartoonish silliness in a still sparkly entertainment, my darling. With Robert Wagner and Capucine as Mrs. Clouseau.
2. "Take the Money and Run" (1969)
Virgil Starkwell's entire life is a caper. "Before he is 25-years-old, he will be wanted by police in six states for assault, armed robbery, and illegal possession of a wart." Writer-director-star Woody Allen examines the master bungler in an explosively funny documentary. There's one last bank to rob, and he's got a "gub." Also nice: Woody's "Small Time Crooks" (2000), half caper, half tuff cookie.
3. "A Fish Called Wanda" (1988)
The diamond heist opens the story, then comes dessert, as four partners in crime maneuver to cheat each other out of their shares. A strong ensemble cast headed by Kevin Kline in his Oscar-winning role, plus Michael Palin and Jamie Lee Curtis, who seduces a henpecked barrister, John Cleese, into her scheme. Cleese's screenplay delivers loud laughs to those not offended by doses of tastelessness.
4. "How to Steal a Million" (1966)
Audrey Hepburn and Peter O'Toole make an intricate, pricey withdrawal from a Paris art museum -- at least, that's the proposal. Director William Wyler ("Ben-Hur") adds gloss to a stylish, witty romance which, criminally speaking, takes a few pages from the "Topkapi" play book. Charles Boyer, Eli Wallach, and Hugh Griffith are featured. When released, the film was noted for its high fashion.
5. "To Catch a Thief" (1955)
Alfred Hitchcock's sunny concoction unfolds on the French Riviera, where, in order to clear his name, a retired cat burglar (Cary Grant) must foil an impersonator's caper. Suspenseful, serious tale becomes a frothy romance whenever fireworks arrive in the shape of Grace Kelly. The script by John Michael Hayes provides crisp dialogue for the stars, a teasingly elegant pleasure.
6. "Kelly's Heroes" (1970)
A full-tilt World War II adventure takes a daring detour. Clint Eastwood and Telly Savalas enlist soldiers to swipe gold from behind enemy lines. Jocular shenanigans accompany the mission, largely provided by caustic Don Rickles and non sequitur hippie Donald Sutherland. There's something poetic about bombing Rickles in an outhouse, which also provides the yarn's funniest line.
7. "Going in Style" (1979)
Aged George Burns, Art Carney and Lee Strasberg plot a bank job to relieve boredom. "There are laughs," says "Chicago Reader," "but the prevalent tone is one of discreet compassion, without condescension or sanctimony. Burns, in particular, is a revelation: deprived of his cigar and its attendant shtick, he creates a character of great toughness and determination, fighting against time and memory."
8. "Bottle Rocket" (1996)
Pal nuthouse parolees (Owen and Luke Wilson) embark on their prepared 75-year crime plan, beginning with a bold robbery at Mom's house and working themselves up until they can sign-on for major scores with a crime boss/lawn care guru (James Caan). Wes Anderson ("Rushmore") directed these slacker screw-ups from the quirky script he wrote with Owen Wilson.
9. "The Hot Rock" (1972)
The Robert Redford gang blueprints a lucrative jewel theft, only nothing goes according to the butterfingers' plans. Directed by Peter Yates ("Bullitt") from Donald Westlake's novel. Followed by a sequel, "Bank Shot" (1974), with George C. Scott snatching a bank -- foundation and all! Redford's unrelated caper, "Sneakers" (1992), is more dramatic, although it does drive to a humorous climax.
10. "Fitzwilly" (1967)
The butler does it -- along with the entire staff of servants. By thievery, including an elaborate Christmas Eve heist at Gimbel's department store, devoted employees protect a penniless dowager's wealthy lifestyle. The Dick Van Dyke comedy could've stolen a few more gags, but it's a clever idea twisted into a likeable amusement. Barbara Feldon's ("Get Smart") big screen debut.
You wouldn't get away with smut like that anymore.
Let's just say a certain little dutch town owes A LOT to the great mans penis
These 5 best comedy heist movies maintain a fine balance in order to work for audiences. The protagonists are criminals, which makes them, by definition, somewhat unsympathetic characters, so, some redeeming and endearing traits are necessary. There has to be some danger and suspense, but, the situations can't be dangerous enough to ruin the fun. These 5 best comedy heist movies manage to bring together great stories and characters to make exciting and enjoyable watching experiences:
"A Fish Called Wanda". John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Klein all turn in fantastic performances in this classic comedy heist. Curtis's character's foreign language obsession leads to some of the movie's best dialogue, plus an unforgettable dancing scene performed by Cleese.
"Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels". In one of Guy Richie's best movies, a group of bar buddies get themselves further and further over their heads with a series of "can't miss" schemes, including a robbery that should be a piece of cake. It can be hard to follow the movie's many twists and turns, but that just makes it even more fun to rewatch.
"Ocean's Eleven". Both the original and the remake deliver great dialogue and amusing twists. If you're on an "Ocean"'s kick, give "Ocean's Twelve" a miss, but check out "Ocean's Thirteen". It's arguably the funniest of the bunch.
"The Maiden Heist". When the distributor went bankrupt, it prevented this film from getting the wide release it deserved, but, "The Maiden Heist" is well worth seeking out. This museum robbery movie is one of a comedy heist is worth watching for its cast alone, which includes William H. Macy, Christopher Walken, and Morgan Freeman. The highly comedic scenarios and surprisingly touching ideas about beauty, art and aging all make it even better.
"After the Sunset". It's sort of amazing to ponder that Pierce Brosnan never played a jewel thief before appearing in "After the Sunset". The role seems made for him. The cat and mouse game he plays with Woody Harrelson involves a lot of clever dialogue and some extremely funny physical comedy. Salma Hayek is beautiful and magnetic as ever as Brosnan's lover and accomplice.
That's my birthday ruined.
I'm off to meet the missus for lunch now. But what's the point?
You're like a fine wine being guzzled down by a manky old prostitute.