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Video Essay: “How to Pull the Perfect Movie Heist”

Tower Heist, Brett Ratner’s late-fall heist picture, is out this week on DVD, so our latest video essay takes a look at this durable genre via a step-by-step examination of how to put a big heist together — according to the movies, anyway. We grabbed pieces from over two dozen heist movies, from here and abroad, from the 1950s to the present, and put them together to show, in seven easy steps, how to pull that one big score. (Bonus points if it’s your last big one before retiring somewhere warm.)

We’ll show you how it’s done with the help of some of our favorite directors, including Martin Scorsese, Steven Soderbergh, Stanley Kubrick, Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson, Michael Mann, John Frankenheimer, Bryan Singer, John Huston, David Mamet, Peter Yates, Jean-Pierre Melville, Jules Dassin, Sidney Lumet, John McTiernan, Jim Henson, and Frank Oz. And check out our all-star cast: Robert DeNiro, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Gene Hackman, Robert Redford, Marlon Brando, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Edward Norton, Julia Roberts, Michael Caine, Charlize Theron, Pierce Brosnan, Harvey Keitel, Val Kilmer, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, Steve Buscemi, Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Spacey, Samuel L. Jackson, Ray Liotta, Danny DeVito, Michael Madsen, Stellan Skarsgård, Tom Sizemore, Vincent Cassel, Owen Wilson, Joe Pesci, Luke Wilson, Sean Connery, Guy Pearce, George Segal, Sam Rockwell, Delroy Lindo, Seth Green, Sterling Hayden, Chris Penn, Mos Def, Lawrence Tierney, Jason Statham, Jean Reno, the Muppets, and many, many more. Find out “How to Pull the Perfect Movie Heist” after the jump.

Video Essay: “How to Pull the Perfect Movie Heist” from Flavorwire on Vimeo.

CREDITS:
Edited by Jason Bailey
Music by David Holmes

THE MOVIES:
After the Sunset (Brett Ratner, 2004) 
The Asphalt Jungle
(John Huston, 1950)
Bob le Flambeur (Jean-Pierre Melville, 1956)
Bottle Rocket (Wes Anderson, 1996)
Entrapment (Jon Amiel, 1999)
Family Business (Sidney Lumet, 1989)
A Fish Called Wanda (Charles Crichton, 1988)
Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese, 1990)
The Great Muppet Caper (Jim Henson, 1981)
The Hard Word (Scott Roberts, 2002)
Heat (Michael Mann, 1995)
Heist (David Mamet, 2001)
The Hot Rock (Peter Yates, 1972)
The Italian Job (Peter Collinson, 1969)
The Italian Job (F. Gary Gray, 2003)
The Killing (Stanley Kubrick, 1956)
Ocean’s 11 (Lewis Milestone, 1960)
Ocean’s 11 (Steven Soderbergh, 2001)
Ocean’s 12 (Steven Soderbergh, 2004)
Ocean’s 13 (Steven Soderbergh, 2007)
Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino, 1992)
Rififi (Jules Dassin, 1955)
Ronin (John Frankenheimer, 1998)
The Score (Frank Oz, 2001)
Small Time Crooks (Woody Allen, 2000)
The Thomas Crown Affair (John McTiernan, 1999)
The Usual Suspects (Bryan Singer, 1995)
Welcome to Collinwood (Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, 2002)
Where the Money Is (Marek Kanievska, 2000)

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