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The Big Job (1965)

An inept gang of bank robbers, led by George The Brain, are caught and sentenced to 15 years hard labour each. When they are released from prison they start out to collect the money they ... See full summary »

Director:

Gerald Thomas

Writers:

Talbot Rothwell (screenplay), John Antrobus (from an original story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sidney James ... George Brain
Sylvia Syms ... Myrtle Robbins
Dick Emery Dick Emery ... Frederick 'Booky' Binns
Joan Sims ... Mildred Gamely
Lance Percival Lance Percival ... Timothy 'Dipper' Day
Jim Dale ... Harold
Edina Ronay ... Sally Gamely
Deryck Guyler ... Police Sergeant
Reginald Beckwith Reginald Beckwith ... Register Office Official
Michael Ward Michael Ward ... Undertaker
Brian Rawlinson Brian Rawlinson ... Henry Blobbitt
David Horne ... Judge
Frank Forsyth ... Bank Cashier
Frank Thornton ... Bank Official
Wanda Ventham ... Dot Franklin
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Storyline

An inept gang of bank robbers, led by George The Brain, are caught and sentenced to 15 years hard labour each. When they are released from prison they start out to collect the money they had stolen and which George had hidden in a hollow tree during the chase in which they were caught. The only trouble is that the tree was in the middle of a lonely lane when they were imprisoned; now, 15 years later, the tree is in the backyard of a Police Station... Written by Rhino <rhino@blueyonder.co.uk>

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heist | independent film | See All (2) »

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WANTED in connection with THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY otherwise know as...

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Comedy | Mystery

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 November 1967 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Atraco imperfecto See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Opening credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

Goofs

The wire to pull the harpoon out of the harpoon-gun can be clearly seen in the shot just before the first one is fired into the tree. See more »

Quotes

Frederick 'Booky' Binns: We can't use our own names. It's too risky.
George Brain: We'll use those classy ones we had for the Metropole Hotel job.
Mildred Gamely: [coming into the room] Oh there you are. How do you do. I'm Mrs Gamely.
George Brain: How do you do, Mrs Gamely. I'm Professor Hook.
[points to Dipper and Booky]
George Brain: Dr Line, Mr Sinker.
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Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'U' rating. See more »

Connections

Featured in Talkies: Jim Moir (Vic Reeves Takes Over): Part 1 (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Tarantara
(uncredited)
from "The Pirates of Penzance"
Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Sung by the police choir.
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Carry On Thieving
25 August 2008 | by pbbuffyhugsSee all my reviews

Totally agree with all other reviewers of this brilliant film that it's a Carry On film in everything but name. Made between the filming of Carry On Cleo and Cowboy and starring the usual batch of actors at the time there's probably 2 reasons why this wasn't given the 'Carry On' title - 1 it's in black and white, the carry on series had by now already moved and would stay in colour and 2 - what could it have been called? Carry on Criminal/ Thieving/ Stealing all send out a message that crime is fun so are probably unsuitable, 'Carry on the Big Job' doesn't really work so maybe that's why it's not included in the series proper but let's face it this IS pure Carry On and a fantastic addition to the films the team were making at the time and easily the funniest non Carry On title made by Gerald Thomas and Peter Rogers. I have all the carry on films (and this on DVD) and every year or so I watch them in order and I always include this between Cleo and Cowboy, as far as I'm concerned there were 32 Carry On films - Don't Lose Your Head and Follow That Camel were quickly re-released with the Carry On prefix - although that was just because of a change of distributer, it's a shame this wasn't added because it sits perfectly into the series. Chances are everyone involved treated this as a continuation of the series anyway. A very funny film.


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