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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:
What to do when you've "done your bit" for your country, only to be told you're not needed any more? See more (31 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jack Hawkins ... Col. John George Norman Hyde
Nigel Patrick ... Maj. Peter Graham Race

Roger Livesey ... Capt. Mycroft

Richard Attenborough ... Lt. Richard Lexy
Bryan Forbes ... Capt. Martin Porthill
Kieron Moore ... Capt. Stevens
Terence Alexander ... Maj. Rupert Rutland-Smith
Norman Bird ... Capt. Frank 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 ... Capt. 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)
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Directed by
Basil Dearden 
 
Writing credits
John Boland (novel)

Bryan Forbes (screenplay)

Produced by
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 .... hairdresser
 
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)
 
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
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) | UK:PG (video rating) | USA:Unrated | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
First film of Dinsdale Landen.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:
Major Race:[after Hyde has explained his plan]
Major Race:Alright, I'm sold. I'll sign on, for the duration.
Lt. Col. Hyde:On my terms? Equal shares for all?
Major Race: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]
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Wrong Arm of the Law (1963)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Soldiers of the QueenSee more »

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30 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
What to do when you've "done your bit" for your country, only to be told you're not needed any more?, 3 January 2002
Author: starvin4megravy from Australia

Well ... if your name is Major Hyde, you thank Her Majesty very much, and plan a simply spiffing wheeze!

Hyde, played to gruff perfection by Jack Hawkins, is supremely proud of his meticulous planning skills, learned and sharpened in a 25 year military career. Now ignominiously pensioned off, he puts these strengths to good use in plotting a daring million-pound robbery.

Now, as an ex-military man, Hyde is aware that his "operation" cannot succeed without putting together a squad of the very best experts. Displaying the kind of guile and ruthlessness that earned him his lofty rank, he also knows that it's rather handy if one's selected team has nothing much to lose.

The film opens by introducing us to Hyde's hand-picked candidates in turn - each receiving a mysterious invitation to lunch, stapled to one half of a crisp new fiver none of them can afford to ignore. A rum bunch they are, too - we see a splendidly gloomy panorama of post-war London, scattered with promiscuous wives (Nanette Newman, no less), doomed businesses, loveless marriages and good times going rapidly bad. Enough to make a fellow wish he were back in the army - especially should he happen to be a bogus priest, an "odd man out" or simply a chap who always makes the same mistake twice ...

Was late-1950s Britain, in fact, a land fit for heroes? Does pride come before a fall? Or does crime, perhaps just this once, pay?

Place yourself in the hands of these esteemed Gentlemen for a wonderfully enjoyable caper movie, and find out for yourself. The story fairly crackles along, and particularly to be relished is the interplay between Hawkins and the always-watchable Nigel "Old Darling" Patrick.

Notwithstanding Oliver Reed's jarringly unfunny cameo, this is easily one of my top ten movies.

May we be spared for ever the Hollywood or (worse?) the BritFilm re-make!!

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