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
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Did You Know?
This was originally planned as a Carl Foreman
production, and he may have done a version of the screenplay (there are characters named Weaver and Grogan in the film - a trademark of Foreman's) before hiring Bryan Forbes
to write the film as a planned vehicle for Cary Grant
. When Forbes presented his version, Foreman said it was not good enough to present to a star of Grant's magnitude, and the project went into abeyance for a while. When Forbes formed Allied Film Makers with Michael Relph
, Basil Dearden
, Richard Attenborough
and Jack Hawkins
, they obtained the necessary rights and made the film themselves - it was a great critical and financial success. See more
As Col. Hyde is showing the movie of the exterior of the bank that they will rob he tells his cohorts, "This is the view of the bank that you will see three weeks from today, gentlemen." Sure enough, during the events just before the actual robbery: As the guard opens the rear door of the armored truck, the same-dressed man with a newspaper in his overcoat pocket walks past and, as the guards put the boxes on the flatbed truck, the same two women in light overcoats walk past. See more
Nothing in the Stop Press?
No, just "Vicar On Grave Charge".
The Soldiers of the Queen
written and composed by Leslie Stuart See more