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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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4 September 1960 (USA)  »

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A nap, amikor kirabolták az Angol Bankot  »

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$457,000 (estimated)
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When director David Lean saw this movie, he was greatly impressed by the performance of a completely unknown actor, Peter O'Toole, in the supporting role of Capt. Monty Fitch. Eventually, he cast him in the title role of his epic classic, Lawrence of Arabia (1962), but only after Marlon Brando and Albert Finney either refused or lost the part. 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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Ray versus O'Toole
30 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Aldo Ray and Peter O'Toole star in "The Day They Robbed the Bank of England," a 1960 film directed by John Guillerman. Ray plays Norgate, an American who sympathizes with the Irish republican movement. To this end, he and his cronies plan to rob the Bank of England. Befriending a guard, Captain Finch (O'Toole) while in a pub, over time Norgate manages to gather many details about the layout of the bank and the whereabouts of the vault with the gold bullion.

This is the type of "caper" film very popular in the 1960s. It's a small British film and a little slow in spots, but intriguing. The Captain is one of O'Toole's early roles, so it's definitely of interest to see him.

One of my problems with this movie is the weak script - it seemed odd to me that the Captain didn't realize pretty quickly what Norgate was up to. The acting, however, is very good, with some fine character actors offering great support: Kieron Moore, Albert Sharpe, and others. The lovely Elizabeth Sellars plays the liaison with Ireland -- she was widowed as a result of the cause.

Entertaining.


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