THE HOT POTATO COMES TO UK DVD AND BLU-RAY: 10.11.2012
The Hot Potato is part of a long line of classic crime movies. These aren’t the gritty, depressing movies where crime doesn’t pay and people get chained up in a garage and beaten with knotted ropes.
Dubious Eastern Europeans don’t slit peoples cheeks open with rusty flick knives.
There’s not a whole lot of sexual violence used as a vengeance weapon.
No, The Hot Potato is more of a ‘caper flick’. That is to say, a film where crime might just pay, if you can get away with it with a bit of a twinkle in your eye.
To illustrate, here’s are four more classics to give you the right idea…
THE ITALIAN JOB
Minis, stylish clothes, Michael Caine, an audacious robbery, Noel Coward… Is this the most swinging and English movie ever made? If you’ve seen and the chances are you have, then you already know exactly what a caper is, because this is the text book example.
An intricate, near impossible Diamond heist. This is the very essence of caper. That Rififi is a stylish and oh so French movie is beside the point. Strip away the Parisian setting and the jazzy cool and at its heart is a fun flick. That’s what defines the caper… Are we having fun? It is extremely risky yet exhilarating? The near silent half hour heist sequence is so good, criminals use it as an instruction manual.
Whether it’s the original, half-cut Ratpack version or the star-studded 90s remake, Ocean’s 11 is the very essence of capering. A bunch of Hollywood faces with bags of charisma, wittily robbing a bunch of casinos in Vegas and looking as if they’ve barely broken a sweat.
30s Chicago… A fresh-faced Grifter is out for revenge when his partner is iced. He teams with a master con man to relieve a fortune from a criminal banker. Again, I think the difference between a stone-faced crime flick and a caper movie is the fun factor. Caper flicks are a good laugh. The stakes may be high and people die, but it’s all in the atmosphere. A caper doesn’t depress the hell out of you basically.
ABOUT THE HOT POTATO
The ‘Hot Potato’ is an exciting new British period ‘caper movie’, in the spirit of ‘The Italian Job’ and ‘Two Way Stretch’ and is based on real events which took place at the end of the 1960’s in London’s East End.