3x3: confidence schemes

This topic was couched as “favorite cons in movies” but we don’t want you to put up a bunch of convicts that you love. We all know what a con is in a movie, it’s a confidence game. A scam, basically.

We discuss our favorite confidence schemes in movies at the 1:08 mark of the Qt3 Movie Podcast of Hell or High Water.

Tom Chick
3. The Gift
2. Rocket Science

  1. The Shape of Things

Kelly Wand
3. Mission: Impossible
2. Wild Things

  1. House of Games

3. Zootopia
2. Midnight Run

  1. House of Games

What are your favorite examples of cons in movies? Listen to the show to hear us describe the specific confidence schemes we like in movies, and to hear Dingus read a couple of listener picks.

Send in your picks for the next topic to [email protected].

What, no love for the Spanish Prisoner?

Best con movie of all time is still The Sting (and btw The Sting, Spanish Prisoner and House of Games are all based on real cons.)

American Hustle

Catch Me if You Can

The Grifters

It feels like cheating to nominate these, but they are what they are:

The Sting
The Grifters
The Hustler

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (American version) - 2 rival con men, both operating in the same city, propose a contest to see who can con the rich heiress to the Colgate empire. After a whole movie of back-and-forth of both men appearing to be close to success and then failing, we get hit by the twist. The heiress herself is, in fact, a con herself, in town to land a rich whale. Recognizing that both men are conning her, she turns things around on each of the men.

The movie itself was good for its time but hasn’t aged well. It’s also a comedy, which reduces the impact a bit. That being said, the con-within-a-con plot works and proves to be entertaining.

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