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 <email@example.com>
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
When the various characters gather for the first meeting, the shadow of the camera can be seen briefly on someone's back, as he has a drink. See more
[after Hyde has explained his plan
Alright, I'm sold. I'll sign on, for the duration.
Lt. Col. Hyde
On my terms? Equal shares for all?
Well, if you insist on this socialistic nonsense, yes. You're losing a friend, but gaining a second-in-command.
Lt. Col. Hyde
I'll settle for that.
[they drink a toast
References Bonjour Tristesse
The Soldiers of the Queen
written and composed by Leslie Stuart See more