FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION: THE GOOD CAPER is a work in progress.
i find that the classic heist film has several important elements in common, starting with, but not limited to:
1) just out of the ‘big house’, Mr. Big’s got this fail-proof plan, usually the last one so he could retire with his babe in a foreign country
2) choosing of the gang members; you know at least two of them hate one another, but only one can keep his ‘cool’
3) casing the job, timing the police response, drilling the crew like clockwork so it becomes second nature
4) the hour comes and there’s always a trigger-happy psycho that ‘goes off’
5) the getaway (and they must), the prearranged ‘safe-house’ where the loot gets divided and/or the scheme to eliminate one another begins
6) all this time, we’re watching the good guys about one or two steps behind the crooks, until…
i’m drawing the line at films where hostages are used as bargaining chips and the ‘con’ is the primary m.o… i’ve also refrained from remakes.
not in the ‘mubi’ database:
- THIEF (’81) – Michael Mann