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Plunkett & Macleane (1999)

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Two robbers are persecuted by the law, whose servants are not much better and even worse.

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Jake Scott

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Selwyn Roberts (earlier screenplay), Robert Wade (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonny Lee Miller ... Macleane
Iain Robertson ... Highwayman Rob
Robert Carlyle ... Plunkett
Ken Stott ... Chance
Tommy Flanagan ... Eddie
Stephen Walters ... Dennis
James Thornton James Thornton ... Catchpole
Terence Rigby ... Harrison
Christian Camargo ... Lord Pelham
Karel Polisenský Karel Polisenský ... Newgate Priest
Neve McIntosh ... Liz
Matt Lucas ... Sir Oswald
David Walliams ... Viscount Bilston
David Foxxe David Foxxe ... Lord Ketch
Jake Gavin Jake Gavin ... Newgate Gent
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Storyline

Will Plunkett and Captain James Macleane, two men from different ends of the social spectrum in 18th-century England, enter a gentlemen's agreement: They decide to rid the aristocrats of their belongings. With Plunkett's criminal know-how and Macleane's social connections, they team up to be soon known as "The Gentlemen Highwaymen". But when one day these gentlemen hold up Lord Chief Justice Gibson's coach, Macleane instantly falls in love with his beautiful and cunning niece, Lady Rebecca Gibson. Unfortunately, Thief Taker General Chance, who also is quite fond of Rebecca, is getting closer and closer to getting both: The Gentlemen Highwaymen and Rebecca, who, needless to say, don't want to get any closer to him. But Plunkett still has a thing to sort out with Chance, and his impulsiveness gets all of them in a little trouble. Written by Julian Reischl <julianreischl@mac.com>

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Taglines:

For the Thrill, For the Money, For Her See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1999 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Rob the Rich See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£760,281 (United Kingdom), 4 April 1999, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$244,765, 3 October 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$474,900, 31 October 1999
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Liv Tyler shot this film concurrently with Armageddon (1998) so would frequently fly from her location in the Czech Republic to Los Angeles for stretches at a time. See more »

Goofs

When Plunkett is teaching Macleane how to shoot, Macleane accidentally fires his pistol and kills a pheasant. If they had just been discharging firearms (at least twelve times, according to the score), there would most likely not be any pheasants within half a mile, nevermind pistol range. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Judge Beresteade: Captain James Macleane, for drunkenness, unruly behavior, causing an affray and disturbing the King's, I hereby sentence you to be placed in the Knightsbridge debtors' jail and to be held there until you are sober. Take him away.
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Crazy Credits

The person in charge of overseeing the duel between Chance and Plunkett is listed as the "Dual Referee". See more »

Connections

References Batman & Robin (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Houses in Motion
Written by David Byrne, Brian Eno, Chris Frantz (as Christopher Frantz),
Tina Weymouth (as Martina Weymouth), Jerry Harrison
Performed by Lewis Parker, Helen White, Craig Armstrong, Stephen Hilton
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Strange, but I liked it!
6 May 2000 | by Fluff-2See all my reviews

I had to watch this twice before I could make up my mind about it. The first viewing - 21st century dialog and disco music laid over reasonably authentic looking old world visuals - comes as such a surprise, it forces you to abandon everything that you were expecting. Once you have gotten into the open frame of mind that the movie asks for, it's a riot: action by the bucketload and alternately funny and oddly moving as Plunkett and Macleane's partnership changes from a wary 'marriage of convenience' to true friendship. The acting is excellent all round, and Liv Tyler's luscious Rebecca is fun and interesting in herself. One of my very few disappointments was that the last ten or fifteen minutes seemed to be rushed, giving me a slight feeling of, "Huh? Is it finished?" when the titles rolled. Overall, excellent. Probably gives a more filthy, revolting and accurate impression of the 18th century than any official period drama. 8/10


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