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The Day They Robbed the Bank of England (1960)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 4 September 1960 (USA)
In 1901, a group of IRA members decides to rob the Bank of England in order to finance their movement and to embarrass the British government.

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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 Mattias Thuresson

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A nap, amikor kirabolták az Angol Bankot  »

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$457,000 (estimated)
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Peter O'Toole was originally considered for the part of Charles Norgate, which eventually went to Aldo Ray, but insisted on being cast as Monty Fitch, because he didn't want to be typecast as the Irish boyo. See more »

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O'Shea: [about Norgate] He was a mining engineer, but he found it easier to extract gold from banks than from frozen streams.
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Referenced in The Wrong Arm of the Law (1963) See more »

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A Tunnel Job Requires A Miner
18 May 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

For a chance to see Peter O'Toole before Lawrence Of Arabia, I would highly recommend The Day They Robbed The Bank Of England. It's a period caper film set at the turn of the last century about some Fenians attempting to rob the Bank Of England itself.

The Irish cause as personified by Hugh Griffith as acquired the services of an American Irish patriot in the person of Aldo Ray. Among his other qualifications is that of a miner if a tunnel job is needed and he surveys it and says it is.

He also cultivates Coldstream guardsman Peter O'Toole who is glad to have a new drinking companion and he furnishes all kinds of information about the bank and its security. He also begins to suspect something is terribly amiss at the bank though he can't put his finger on it.

Ray's crew consists of Albert Sharpe in his farewell performance who's more of a hindrance than a help, Elizabeth Sellars with whom he has a past and Kieron Moore who Sellars has a present. That does not make for a smooth running operation.

John Guillermin who later directed such films I liked as Death On The Nile and Guns At Batasi directed The Day They Robbed The Bank Of England at a really nice pace and brought out some good characterizations from his players. As for the job itself will it succeed is up to both the caprices of men and politics. Hugh Griffith who is one of my favorite actors and who has the wildest most expressive eyes ever in cinema represents the politics of the Irish cause and quite well.

A very nice film, The Day They Robbed The Bank Of England and for his fans a wonderful opportunity to see Peter O'Toole before he became a star.


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