Jude Law’s latest outing, Dom Hemingway, debuts at the Toronto Film Festival next month. Law is in the title role, a luckless safecracker who has just completed a 12 year sentence and is looking to reap the reward for not talking about his boss, Mr Fontaine (Demián Bichir). However, Hemingway’s a total disaster zone and can’t help but make a mess of everything.
The film looks like it’ll be a lot of fun. If you like your crime movies with a side order of comedy, check out one of these classics.
5. The Pink Panther
Forget the Steve Martin films, the original Pink Panther is still the best. Peter Sellers starred in the popular franchise beginning with The Pink Panther in 1964, in which the Pink Panther is not, as is often assumed, the inept detective Inspector Clouseau (Sellers), but a fabulous pink diamond which has a flaw in the shape of a panther.
Princess Dala (Claudia Cardinale) is given the diamond by her father. While staying at a top ski resort, she is targeted by a jewel thief known as the Phantom (David Niven), who is leading a double life – he is the alter ego of Sir Charles Lytton (David Niven), a rich playboy. His secret identity is known only to Simone (Capucine), who just happens to be Clouseau’s wife, so things are complicated when Sir Charles’ nephew, George (Robert Wagner) arrives at the resort, aiming to swipe the jewel and pin the crime on the Phantom.
Originally the movie was meant to showcase Niven, who received top billing. However, as filming progressed, it became obvious that Sellers was the true star of the show, so further films followed the Clouseau character rather than Sir Charles. Including the Steve Martin movies, there have been eleven films in the franchise.