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The League of Gentlemen (1960)

Unrated | | Crime, Thriller | 22 August 1960 (Sweden)
A disgruntled veteran recruits a group of disgraced collegues to perform a bank robbery with military precision.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win. See more awards »
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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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Storyline

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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Crime | Thriller

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Honorables delincuentes  »

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Trivia

The portrait of Hyde's wife (he comments "I regret to say the bitch is still going strong.") is a portrait of Deborah Kerr that was originally used in The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Mycroft: [playing a Brigadier inspecting the training camp in response to some private who has 'complained to his MP' regarding the food]
[enters Mess Hall]
Mycroft: Carry on eating. Any complaints here?
Captain Saunders: Come along now. Answer the Brigadier.
Other Private in Mess: No, Sir.
Mycroft: You're, um, quite satisfied with the food. You can speak quite freely.
Chunky Grogan: Well, er, no, Sir. Not always, Sir.
[CSM gives a menacing look]
Mycroft: What exactly don't you like about it?
Chunky Grogan: Well, er, they sometimes give you good grub, sir, but, er, they mess it about like.
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Connections

References What Price Glory (1926) See more »

Soundtracks

The Soldiers of the Queen
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written and composed by Leslie Stuart
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In a league of it's own
21 October 2002 | by (Royal Berkshire, UK) – See all my reviews

This movie is an involving, intriguing and ultimately poignant heist thriller. Since the advent of a comedy TV show which took it's name, the TV Guides have taken to describing this film as a 'comedy'. Obviously they've never watched it - the moral is, get your movie info from IMDB, not a rubbish newspaper or magazine TV Guide.

The movie's premise is good - a disenchanted ex-army officer dispairs of success on 'civvy street' so decides to organize his own squad of former soldiers and pull off a military operation with a difference - they will rob a bank. This film was the inspiration to the real-life Great Train Robbery, which involved a 20-man gang stealing £3,500,000 in 1963.

Characterization is good and believable; as with all British movies of the era, there is an excrutiating tendency to overly-ingenious rhetoric, one wonders sometimes how they think of such witty remarks. That aside, it's thoroughly convincing. The film code of the day of course required that no film could ever show a criminal benefiting from his crime, but instead of the usual tiresome accidental spilling of the booty out of a train/car/plane window, we have a more realistic, and indeed somewhat sad resolution.

Yes, it is a bit old now, but if you can hang-up your hang-ups about that, you may find yourself pleasantly surprised.


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