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The Great Train Robbery (1978)

The First Great Train Robbery (original title)
In Victorian England, a master criminal makes elaborate plans to steal a shipment of gold from a moving train.

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Janine Duvitski ...
Maggie
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Sutherland and Connery wish to rob a moving train's safe in Victorian England. They need wax impressions of keys, coffins, dead cats, and a great deal of planning in order to pull it off. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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gold | key | safe | train | bank | See All (177) »

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Never have so few taken so much from so many.


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2 February 1979 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$391,942 (USA) (4 February 1979)

Gross:

$13,027,857 (USA)
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Trivia

During the shooting at the Dublin train station, a diesel locomotive had leaked a large quantity of fuel onto the tracks by the platform. When the production's steam engine rolled onto the same tracks, embers spewing from the underside of the locomotive ignited the fuel soaked track, momentarily producing a very large fire within the station. See more »

Goofs

During the opening credits train scene, the engineer's hat blows off, and both he and the fireman appear to pause for a moment to consider the situation. See more »

Quotes

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Edward Pierce: [narration] In the year 1855, England and France were at war with Russia in the Crimea. The English troops were paid in gold. Once a month, twenty-five thousand pounds in gold was loaded into strongboxes inside the London bank of Huddleston and Bradford and taken by trusted armed guards to the railway station. The convoy followed no fixed route or timetable. At the station, the gold was loaded into the luggage van of the Folkestone train for shipment to the coast and from there to ...
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Connections

Referenced in A Stranger in the Kingdom (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

I Dreamt I Dwelt in Marble Halls
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Music by Michael William Balfe
Lyrics by Alfred Bunn (1843)
Heard on violin offstage in bordello
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Good movie, gives a good impression of Victorian England as well as being suspenseful
20 February 1999 | by See all my reviews

Some people say that Crichton's books do not make for good movies. In this case it is not so. Crichton became fascinated with Victorian England, and was able to educate the public in a very useful way as well as write a suspenseful story. The movies does not really educate in the same way, unless you rent the DVD and listen to the director's comments. But the movie gives a very authentic feeling of Victorian England and has good pacing for the suspense aspect of it. I love movies based on true stories, and this one is one of them. We know all about exactly how it was done because the main character was caught, told the court everything, and then audaciously escaped! One really important thing that Crichton says: the great majority of crimes are never solved. Something to chew on.


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