Four Iconic Burglars on Film
The reality of a burglary is far from entertaining and we all take great steps to protect our homes or business; from installing heavy-duty locks to adding CCTV or security fencing. It might not be nice to think about in real life, but films featuring burglars or robberies can be highly captivating, and the robbery or plan itself often serves as a plot device to build suspense and propel the narrative forward.
With this in mind, there have been many iconic thief characters on film, from a bungling duo in a Christmas classic to a group based on the real crimes of a group of American teenagers. If you want to know more about some of the best burglars to grace the big screen, see four of our favourites below.
This criminal duo got their name from their calling card of leaving the water running in every house that they burgled. Played in the 1990 classic by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern, the Wet Bandits met their match in the form of Macaulay Culkin’s plucky Kevin McCallister. The bandits discover they’ve targeted the wrong house when Kevin subjects them to a series of traps including trip wires, tar and a live tarantula.
Catwoman (real name Selina Kyle) made her first appearance in Batman comics in 1940 and is known for her breaking and entering skills. Famously played by Michelle Pfeiffer in 1992’s Batman Returns, Catwoman has also been portrayed by Anne Hathaway, Halle Berry and Eartha Kitt.
Dubbed ‘the Bling Ring’ by the media, Sofia Coppola made a 2013 film based on the real-life crimes of a group of teenagers who targeted and burgled the homes of several Hollywood celebrities. The seven teenagers were active between 2008 and 2009 and stole clothes, jewellery and cash from the homes of celebrities including Paris Hilton and Orlando Bloom.
This Alfred Hitchcock classic stars Grace Kelly, with Cary Grant in the role of retired jewels thief, John Robie. When a fresh robbery takes place, Robie is out to prove his innocence and show that he’s a reformed man while catching the real thief. Based on a 1952 novel by David Dodge, To Catch a Thief marks Grace Kelly’s final film with Hitchcock.
While we may like to follow the adventures of thieves on the big screen, in reality, a burglary isn’t much fun at all. If you’re looking to upgrade your property’s security for extra protection against thieves, get in touch with Campbell & McGovern. Our local locksmiths are proud to offer a wide range of services, including home safes, security systems, emergency locksmith services and more. If you’d like more information about any of our products or services, don’t hesitate to give us a call or visit our website.