Last year’s Hatton Garden heist in London was one of the most audacious in recent times, now set to join a relatively rare breed of films based on real-world robberies.
Here’s a stash of six others for your consideration in the meantime.
Public Enemies (2009)
The latest of over a dozen film portrayals of Depression Era bank robber John Dillinger, with Johnny Depp as lead in the Michael Mann film, and Christian Bale as the FBI’s manhunter extraordinaire Melvin Purvis. Satellite Award nominated four times and received the Screen Actors Guild award for stunt personnel.
A French two-parter starring Vincent Cassel, profiled the life, career, and sudden death of the notorious Jacques Mesrine, whose escapades saw him hold up banks on both sides of the Atlantic before the French intelligence finally caught up with him in the outskirts of Paris.
Cesar awards went to Cassel, director Jean-Francois Richet, and the sound team.
Let Him Have It (1991)
As contemporary Netflix series Making A Murderer reconsiders the US justice system, Let Him Have It did the same for Britain.
Christopher Ecclestone plays Derek Bentley, a developmentally challenged 19-year-old, convicted for a policeman’s murder actually carried out by his 16-year-old friend. Tom Courtenay of 45 Years plays Bentley’s father; scriptwriters Purvis and Wade went on to pen six James Bond films.
Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Based on a botched New York bank job and featuring a stellar Sidney Lumet cast including Al Pacino, John Cazale, Chris Sarandon and Charles Dunning. The heist goes south almost immediately, as the bank’s reserves are next to nothing and police arrive in a matter of minutes.
The film was nominated for six Oscars, winning one for Best Original Screenplay.
In Cold Blood (1967)
Richard Brooks’ AFI favourite adapted Truman Capote’s account of the Clutter family farm murders after a bungled robbery attempt, the story follows ex-cons Smith and Hitchcock who can’t resist the lure of one more payday.
Much later, Bennett Miller would direct Philip Seymour Hoffman in the award-winning Capote, about the writer’s own experiences researching the book.
Bonnie And Clyde (1967)
Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway headlined this famous and envelope-pushing depiction of the young lovers and wild robbers. Known for its significant deviations from historical events as well as its influence on Hollywood trends, the picture was an unexpected box office smash.
Oscars went to Dunaway and cinematographer Burnett Guffey. – AFP Relaxnews