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Robbery (1967)

A group of British criminals plans the robbery of the Royal Mail train on the Glasgow-London route.

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Peter Yates
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stanley Baker ... Paul Clifton
Joanna Pettet ... Kate Clifton
James Booth James Booth ... Inspector George Langdon
Frank Finlay ... Robinson
Barry Foster ... Frank
William Marlowe ... Dave Aitken
Clinton Greyn Clinton Greyn ... Jack
George Sewell ... Ben
Glynn Edwards ... Squad Chief
Michael McStay Michael McStay ... Don
Martin Wyldeck ... Chief constable
Rachel Herbert Rachel Herbert ... School teacher
Patrick Jordan Patrick Jordan ... Freddy (as Patrick Jordon)
Barry Stanton ... Car Lot owner
Kenneth Farrington ... Seventh Robber (as Ken Farrington)
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A dramatization of the Great Train Robbery. While not a 'how to', it is very detail dependent, showing the care and planning that took place to pull it off. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1967 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Überfall See more »

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Oakhurst Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Stanley Baker's character, "Paul Clifton", is based on Bruce Reynolds, the real-life mastermind behind the 1963 'Great Train Robbery'. Reynolds did indeed leave the country (along with fellow robber Buster Edwards) to escape justice but both men eventually returned to the UK to be jailed for the crime. See more »

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When the traffic warden puts the gas canister in the car a white cable can be seen from above whatever it was. See more »

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Best British crime film ever...
11 July 2002 | by frankiehudsonSee all my reviews

This is true British gangster filming at its best.

The opening robbery and car chase, from Hatton Garden around central London and out to Maida Vale, is utterly brilliant and that's years before the French Connection or anything like that. Peter Yates was brilliant. In fact, if they re-make any British gangster film these days it should be Robbery, not Get Carter or anything like that.

The music is utterly brilliant, too. Johny Keating should be up there with the likes of John Barry, John Williams, etc. He seems to have done virtually nothing after this film.

Even the faked scenes of the train robbery itself are great despite the London-Glasgow express train really being another train on a branch line travelling at about 30 mph.

They could've made a sequeal to this, too, with the legendary and fantastic Stanley Baker shown in the New World. Same goes for the late Barry Foster.


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