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?
In John Boland
's original novel, the robbers are inspired by a novel about a robbery - a real novel, Lionel White
's "Clean Break". This book was the basis for Stanley Kubrick
's film, The Killing
(1956). Bryan Forbes
retained this idea in his screenplay, but made the novel an invented one with a different title ("The Golden Fleece") with its authorship credited to a certain "John Seaton" - a pseudonym Forbes himself had used in his days as a feature-writer on the British fan magazine "Picturegoer". He used this name again for the writer character played by Christopher Plummer
in International Velvet
(1978), which Forbes also directed. 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
Nothing in the Stop Press?
No, just "Vicar On Grave Charge".
The Soldiers of the Queen
written and composed by Leslie Stuart See more