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A disgruntled veteran recruits a group of disgraced collegues to perform a bank robbery with military precision.

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Hyde
Nigel Patrick ...
Race
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Mycroft
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Lexy
Bryan Forbes ...
Porthill
Kieron Moore ...
Stevens
Terence Alexander ...
Rupert
Norman Bird ...
Weaver
Robert Coote ...
Bunny Warren
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Peggy
Nanette Newman ...
Elizabeth
Lydia Sherwood ...
Hilda
Doris Hare ...
Molly Weaver
David Lodge ...
C.S.M.
Patrick Wymark ...
Wylie
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Involuntarily-retired Colonel Hyde recruits seven other dissatisfied ex-servicemen for a special project. Each of the men has a skeleton in the cupboard, is short of money, and is a service-trained expert in his field. The job is a bank robbery, and military discipline and planning are imposed by Hyde and second-in-command Race on the team, although civilian irritations do start getting in the way. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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22 August 1960 (Sweden)  »

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Honorables delincuentes  »

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Trivia

The army raid is inspired partly by a real IRA raid when IRA members impersonated officers and stole weapons from a barracks. See more »

Goofs

At the close of Hyde's final briefing, on the night before the bank raid, the camera's shadow falls on Jack Hawkins as it dollies toward him. See more »

Quotes

Major Race: Is that your wife?
Lt. Col. Hyde: Yes.
Major Race: Is she dead?
Lt. Col. Hyde: No, no. I regret to say the bitch is still going strong.
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Featured in Flawless (2007) See more »

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The Soldiers of the Queen
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written and composed by Leslie Stuart
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Unforgettable British Post-War Melodrama with bite
10 March 2002 | by ((e.g. London, England)) – See all my reviews

This 1959 (or 1960) film shares the same title as the 1990's comedy about weird northern folk, but is a far more savage satire of decay in the establishment.

A redundant Colonel recruits a unit of marginally more corrupted subordinate Army officers, to stage an American Style heist, based on a US pulp fiction novel. Very few of the characters would initially be associated with the establishment. Their past failings include treason, war-crimes and negligence resulting in deaths.

Jack Hawkins (Colonel Hyde) knits the characters together over the course of the film. By reinventing a form of army discipline the characters appear to rediscover their aplomb.

The actual robbery is almost incidental, occupying ~ 10% of the film.

My real fascination was with the development and interaction of the characters. Even 40 years on their callousness is at times shocking and the 'Blame Ireland' example of scapegoating still resonates, especially in the context of the characters' personal failures in other theatres of the ex-empire.

The film is nearly 2 hours long, but seemed much shorter. Post war film of the City of London (and elsewhere) before 60s redevelopment is a bonus.


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