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The League of Gentlemen (1960)

Unrated | | Comedy, Crime, Thriller | 15 April 1960 (Ireland)
A disgruntled veteran recruits a group of disgraced colleagues to perform a bank robbery with military precision.

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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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What is the league ... Who are the gentlemen ?

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Comedy | Crime | Thriller

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15 April 1960 (Ireland)  »

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Honorables delincuentes  »

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£192,000 (estimated)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Four of the gang had already left Hyde's house, and been immediately apprehended by the police, before 'Bunny' Warren arrives. But he mentions nothing about the police being outside, which surely he would have done. Indeed, the police would not even have let him into the house. The police reveal to Hyde that his own car 'betrayed' him because an alert officer spotted it alongside the removals van in a garage some days before. However, Hyde had driven his car to the robbery, so stood as much, if not more, chance of being traced by doing that. See more »

Quotes

Weaver: Nothing in the Stop Press?
Lexy: No, just "Vicar On Grave Charge".
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Connections

Referenced in The Vicar of Dibley: Engagement (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

The Soldiers of the Queen
(uncredited)
written and composed by Leslie Stuart
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a film to cherish
19 January 2004 | by (swansea Wales) – See all my reviews

Another example of how to make a movie.It may seem somewhat out of time now but the detail, characterisation,leave one in total admiration. Jack Hawkins,Nigel Patrick et al perform to the highest level in a movie that has the irony of how chaps like this having been used to their fullest are left to their own devices once re entering civy street where their talents are superfluous .The story bounces along with subtle humour and at the same a level of suspense giving a thoroughly professional feel to whole affair. A splendid movie. no doubt a remake would have Tom Cruise,Harrison Ford,The Rock what a prospect !!


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