Number of Times Seen – at least 5 times (Theater in ’89, cable in the 90’s and 13 Sep 2017)
Brief Synopsis – After a bank robber plans the perfect crime he is arrested and the men he contacted to join in the heist must figure out why he summoned them.
My Take on it – This is a film that I recall originally seeing 28 years agi and has always stayed fresh in my memory because it is executed so well.
The cast of this film is perfectly chosen with Corbin Bernsen, Ruben Blades, Hoyt Axton, Fredd Gwynn, Lou Diamond Philips, Daniel Roebuck and Ed O’Neill all doing wonderful jobs here helping keep things really entertaining.
The plot is quite clever and allows us to see a bank heist from a different view than we are usually used to.
They get all of the elements right in showing us an extremely good heist; the plan is intelligent, the fact that each of the characters have unique specialties yet are strangers who must learn to work together; bumbling cops and townspeople and of course it is peppered with lots of humor and humorous situations to help keep it all fun and engaging.
I’m still surprised after all these years as to how unknown this film is to most people because it works so well.
This is such a shame since this film really deserves more attention than it usually gets.
If you’re in the mood for a fun heist film, check this one out!
Bottom Line – Such a great heist film because it has all the right elements to work; a great plan, a diverse group of thieves that must learn to work together, bumbling cops and of course lots of funny scenes along the way. Great cast helps make this film so entertaining. This is a little known film that doesn’t get all of the attention that is deserves which is a real shame. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In several scenes Max suffers from heart problems. In a later interview, Fred Gwynne said that he actually had a real heart attack while filming one of those scenes. The cameras kept rolling as they called 911, and the director decided to keep the footage of the real heart attack in the movie. Fred got out of the hospital a few days later, and managed to finish the filming on schedule. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy
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