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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:
A heist for the fun of it See more (30 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:
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:
Continuity: When the two cars and motorcycle move off from the lights to join the van a long line of oncoming traffic can be seen on the other side. In the next shot, cars passing the van, there is no traffic on the other side of the road.See more »
Quotes:
Stevens:It's like being in school.
Lexy:I sincerely hope not.
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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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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
A heist for the fun of it, 6 July 2006
Author: sol- from Perth, Australia

This is a heist film that really rises above the ante of its genre, due to the motivations behind the main characters. The characters are all former army officers, who were dismissed due to misconduct on their behalf, with the exception of the mastermind behind the robbery, who brings them all together. His name is Hyde, and he was halfway to becoming a full colonel before the army forced him into retirement. He is separated from his wife, and without army life, he has nothing left to do. So for the fun of it, rather than the money, he organises a heist.

The acting in the film is superb. The expressions that Jack Hawkins uses when playing Hyde signify that he is in it for the thrills rather than the loot. He looks on with joy, rather than stern, careful consideration, as he and his men organise everything that they need to do. He is in power again, since he is the head of the operation, and since he knows that everyone who he picks will want to go along. All of his men are not only crooks but ones with financial problems. And as the only one with plenty of money and no criminal record, he enjoys the idea that he can duck out at any time.

The supporting actors also show in the end that they are enjoying their work. While initially in it for the money, the return to army regulations - by which Hyde runs the operation - excites them. Nigel Patrick and Bryan Forbes are particularly good as the more suave members of the heist team. One problem though is that we never get to know the characters really well. They are defined by what we are told about them, rather than their actions, particularly with the Padre, played by Roger Livesey. A former quartermaster, he shows excitement at being able to take up the job again, but he is given very limited screen time, and his involvement with acts unbefiting a priest is oft mentioned, but his personality rarely shows anything more than that he is just another one of the men.

I find it rather odd that the film is marketed as a comedy. There is one section, when they raid the army, that is bouncing with humorous touches, and Gerald Harper, as a nervous army captain, gives off an excellent performance. The rest of the film though only has the slightest edge of humour, from Hyde badmouthing his wife to a rather awkwardly inserted cameo by Oliver Reed as a homosexual performer. The comedy is not important though, and the plot is intriguing enough as it is, but it does make the raiding the army section stand out, as it jars the film's mood and style.

If not flawless, it is still a very well made film. The rousing, grand music score is excellent, not just because it fits well over the action, but because it is sort of a parody of the scores of old war movies. The film looks great in black and white, and some of the sequences are very well shot. One example that stands out in memory is a shot where the camera goes through the walls of two different rooms, crabbing to the right, and swooping a little bit, almost like a person trying to not bump into a vase as he passes through a wall. The visual look of the film and the audio are just excellent, and well suited to the interesting screenplay.

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