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London at the turn of the century in 1901. Three men are on a mission from the IRA to steal all the gold in the vaults of the Bank of England. Norgate, their leader, discovers the bank's weak spot: an old forgotten sewer straight under the vaults. But they have to deal with captain Fitch, a young but suspicious bank guard. Written by
Peter O'Toole was originally considered for the part of Charles Norgate, which eventually went to Aldo Ray, but insisted to be cast as Monty Fitch, because he didn't want to be typecast as the Irish boyo. See more »
Capt. Monty Fitch:
There is nothing wrong with soldiering. You see, I'm never called on to think in my profession. And I'd rather like to. Just once. And then I'd know...
Capt. Monty Fitch:
Whether I stay a soldier because there's nothing else I can do, or because I choose to. I'd probably make a fearful hash of it. Thinking I mean.
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An enjoyable film. Low budget, however, the film does not suffer in the least. Typical of this era of British films, with a solid American actor (Aldo Ray), as the lead. Broody, but not really convincing. Good acting by Albert Sharpe played "Tosher". Cameos aplenty from stock actors. First time seeing Peter O'Toole in a supporting role, playing the guards officer in charge of security at the Bank. In my opinion he stole the show, if you will pardon the pun. I see that the film is based on a novel, so wishful thinking as far as the plot goes. I was born and now work in the City of London, so I know that there was obviously a lot of research concerning the sewers and the streets above them. This made the film even more enjoyable.
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