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Director:
Writers:
John Boland (novel)
Bryan Forbes (screenplay)
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Release Date:
22 August 1960 (Sweden) See more »
Plot:
A disgruntled veteran recruits a group of disgraced collegues to perform a bank robbery with military precision. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win See more »
User Reviews:
English society as Empire ends See more (32 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jack Hawkins ... Hyde
Nigel Patrick ... Race

Roger Livesey ... Mycroft

Richard Attenborough ... Lexy
Bryan Forbes ... Porthill
Kieron Moore ... Stevens
Terence Alexander ... Rupert
Norman Bird ... Weaver
Robert Coote ... Bunny Warren

Melissa Stribling ... Peggy
Nanette Newman ... Elizabeth
Lydia Sherwood ... Hilda
Doris Hare ... Molly Weaver
David Lodge ... C.S.M.
Patrick Wymark ... Wylie
Gerald Harper ... Captain Saunders

Brian Murray ... Grogan
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Beverly Bennett ... Young Girl (uncredited)
Terence Edmond ... Young P.C. (uncredited)
Susanne Gibbs ... Small Girl (uncredited)

Nigel Green ... Kissing Man in Truck (uncredited)
Patrick Jordan ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Dinsdale Landen ... Young Man in Gym Receiving Massage (uncredited)
Ronald Leigh-Hunt ... Police Superintendent - Final Scene (uncredited)

Oliver Reed ... Babes in the Woods Chorus Boy (uncredited)

Norman Rossington ... Staff-Sergeant Hall (uncredited)
Bruce Seton ... Patrolman (uncredited)

Directed by
Basil Dearden 
 
Writing credits
John Boland (novel)

Bryan Forbes (screenplay)

Produced by
Basil Dearden .... producer (as Michael Relph & Basil Dearden's Production)
Michael Relph .... producer
 
Original Music by
Philip Green 
 
Cinematography by
Arthur Ibbetson (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John D. Guthridge 
 
Art Direction by
Peter Proud 
 
Costume Design by
Joan Ellacott (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Harry Frampton .... makeup artist
Barbara Ritchie .... hairdressing
 
Production Management
Charles Orme .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Pollard .... assistant director
Terence A. Clegg .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Ian Goddard .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Arthur Taksen .... set dresser
Ted Ambrose .... junior draughtsman (uncredited)
Bert Davey .... chief draughtsman (uncredited)
Terence Marsh .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Peter Pratley .... prop buyer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Bill Daniels .... sound recordist
E.G. Daniels .... sound recordist
Harry Miller .... sound editor
Ken Barker .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Geoffrey Daniels .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Harry Fairbairn .... boom operator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
H.A.R. Thomson .... camera operator
Steve Claydon .... focus puller (uncredited)
Ian Jeayes .... still photographer (uncredited)
Malcolm Vinson .... clapper loader (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John Hilling .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Vera Dover .... second assistant editor (uncredited)
Marcel Durham .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Philip Green .... conductor
 
Other crew
Penny Daniels .... continuity
Lorely Farley .... production secretary (uncredited)
Diana Hawkins .... publicist (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
116 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Australia:G (DVD rating) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:L | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (video rating) (1995) (2003) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
Oliver Reed portrays one of the gay actors at the theatre.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Race reads the note accompanying his envelope in close-up holding the letter in his left hand and lifting the halved banknote with his right. The shot changes, and he is holding the letter just in his right hand.See more »
Quotes:
Weaver:Nothing in the Stop Press?
Lexy:No, just "Vicar On Grave Charge".
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Soundtrack:
The Soldiers of the QueenSee more »

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55 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
English society as Empire ends, 10 May 2001
Author: Stewart Naunton (snaunton@online.ru) from Moscow, Russia

A British army colonel, pensioned off and embittered, assembles a motley group of specialist, criminal and deviant ex-officers who share his bitterness. He has in mind a bank robbery. They arm themselves, courtesy of their former employer, then execute the robbery impeccably, right in the centre of the City of London. The bags of loot are filled, but, at the pictures, crime seldom pays....

That this film has been reviewed as a comedy demonstrates, once again, that British and American are two cultures disguised by a common language. The humour here, of that characteristically British sardonic kind, is incidental to a drama of frustration, disappointment and inadequacy. The humour is just the way the British speak.

The clever and low key "raid" on the army training centre is finely done. So much so that it overshadows the robbery itself and therefore slightly unbalances the action.

This is one of those films, craftsmanlike and enjoyable, yet not desperately exciting, that finds its greatest value precisely in being a period piece. The League of Gentleman is a fascinating social document. Made in 1959, it catches the moment in British history when, as its Empire dissolved, the social infrastructure that supported it and that had made Colonel Hyde what he had been, also disintegrated. This aspect could almost have been deliberate, explaining the very long opening sequence (another unbalancing factor) that introduces us to the seven main characters. There are shockingly frank moments: the honourable man with the overtly promiscuous wife; the gigolo; the religious fraudster (or pervert - the message is obscured); another of the heroes an "other man", a homosexual; the pressure of life in a small house with a loud television set. So, too, the casualness with which machine guns are used in a robbery by men trained in the code of gentlemen. The dull and seedy presentation of Hyde's home and base, large but far from grand, is further evidence of the decline of his class. So, too, a robbery that was intended as a hymn to the effectiveness of military planning, brought to naught by one stupid mistake and a small boy.

Yet this is not a sententious film, their is no preaching, none of that British nostalgia for the old ways, but almost a respect for the robbers and a recognition that life had to become more ruthless as a stiff society began to flex. How it was elsewhere, I do not know, but this watchable film will show anyone what was happening in Britain just before the Sixties began to swing.

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