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  • #16
    Originally posted by Kevinspencer View Post
    I remember The Italian job, the original release. I particularly remembered Benny Hill portrayal of Professor Peach. Wonderful film. Years later a remake starring Tom Hanks. As I recall, some reviews were favourable. Tom Hanks is a wonderful actor, as for the remake, he was miscast in this film. At times, remakes of classic films should be made.
    Kevin, I'm wondering if you're thinking of another film as I don't recall Tom Hanks being in The Italian Job remake. I remember Mark Wahlberg playing the Michael Caine role, and I seem to recall Jason Statham as well. However, no remake will ever match the original - very, very few remakes (if any) ever do.

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    • #17
      Thank you Carl for brining me this to my attention. Tom Hanks did star in the deplorable remake, The lady killers. My mistake.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Kevinspencer View Post
        Thank you Carl for brining me this to my attention. Tom Hanks did star in the deplorable remake, The lady killers. My mistake.
        No problem Kevin. To be honest with you, I double-checked on the IMDB website to make sure. The film came out in 2003, so I'd imagine it was shown on Sky the following year - and that was the one and only time I saw it. Totally agree with you about The Ladykillers......as much as I like Tom Hanks, and yes indeed he is a very good actor, he's no substitute for Alec Guinness.

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        • #19
          I didn't know Roger Moore tried for that part, so thanks for sharing that. Yes, the second Die Hard film was good too, but I honestly didn't really care much for the third one with Samuel L. Jackson. However you're right, the fifth isn't even worth mentioning. I do remember The Italian Job remake too, and yes, that's another film I watched once and left it at that.

          That's a nice poster you bought there on Ebay. I'm guessing you must have a pretty vast collection if your wife is trying to prevent you from acquiring more.
          I think Moore tells the story in My Word is My Bond. I suspect he thought 'why not give it a go?' Actors do like to stretch themselves a bit, and it would have been an interesting role. But since Live and Let Die was released six months before The Day of the Jackal, its not like he needed the job, and dont think it was an especially serious attempt.

          I must admit that the third Die Hard film, while dappy in places, does really move along, there are some good set pieces (the opening sequence as a bomb goes off on a NY street is very powerful), and there is a good dramatic juxtaposition between Willis and Jackson's characters. And Irons is a good villain!

          As for the poster collection, I have rather more than I would admit to my wife (at least twice as much), although I still have a decently sized wants list, but its nothing like Joe's Quad poster collection (who has more posters starting with 'W' than I have in total).

          Even finding somewhere to display just some of them is difficult (and I tend to buy A size posters rather than Quad, because of the size issue), and a fair number of them are either the ballast of an Ebay order from the US where in a couple of cases, i missed out on the main poster I wanted and ended up with the addons), not in great condition, or both.

          My wife doesnt say no to adding to the collection, but asks 'do you really need that?' in the way that means 'you really shouldnt be buying that'! We have all been there...

          Years later a remake starring Tom Hanks. As I recall, some reviews were favourable. Tom Hanks is a wonderful actor, as for the remake, he was miscast in this film
          Tom Hanks wasnt in the remake of The Italian Job - that was Mark Wahlberg, Donald Sutherland, Edward Norton, etc. But Hanks did play a Professor in the Coen brothers remake of The Ladykillers.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Bonekicker View Post
            My wife doesnt say no to adding to the collection, but asks 'do you really need that?' in the way that means 'you really shouldnt be buying that'! We have all been there...
            I know exactly what you mean - it's the tone of the voice that gives it away. It's almost like they're really saying "why don't you spend your money on me instead".

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            • #21
              I know exactly what you mean - it's the tone of the voice that gives it away. It's almost like they're really saying "why don't you spend your money on me instead".
              Actually, its not a hint to spend that money on her, its more 'why are you spending money on that?' in a way which says you shouldnt be spending that money at all, especially since its something else to clutter up the place...

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              • #22
                The Day of the Jackal is being shown on Sony Classic / Sony Classic Movies 22:00-23:45 today, 1 June 2020.

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