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Cash on Demand (1961)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  October 1961 (UK)
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A charming but ruthless criminal holds the family of a bank manager hostage as part of a cold-blooded plan to steal 97,000 pounds.

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Storyline

A ruthless crook abducts the wife and child of a bank manager and then masquerades as an insurance company detective while scheming to rob the institution in this crime drama. Unfortunately, some of the manager's employees learn about the plot and the terrified manager must beg them to remain silent. Fortunately, the cops have been on the case all along. Written by Dylan Conner

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Taglines:

PERFECT PLAN! PERFECT CRIME! PERFECT SUSPENSE! (original ad - all caps)

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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October 1961 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Assalto ao Cofre  »

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Budget:

£37,000 (estimated)
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The famous film company Hammer only invested only a mere £37,000 by 2009 standards for the making of this film. See more »

Goofs

Although failing to shut the inner vault door should result in a burglar alarm going off in 30 seconds, a full 41 tension-filled seconds elapse before Fordyce closes it without harm. See more »

Quotes

Fordyce: The opinion of a common thief is of no interest to me.
Hepburn: I flatter myself I am a rather uncommon thief. A common one would just make off with the money, but I can't help interesting myself in people. It's a failing you ought to cultivate, Fordyce.
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Remake of Theatre 70: The Gold Inside (1960) See more »

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The First Noel
Traditional English carol
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a solid caper flick
2 February 2005 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

When I was a teenager, Peter Cushing was my favorite actor; I simply loved his commanding performances in Hammer Studios' horror films. But when I eventually became more interested in dramas and foreign flicks, my appreciation for both Cushing and Hammer waned. I started to wish that Cushing had taken meatier roles in less lurid movies.

Thankfully, I just had the chance to see "Cash on Demand," a film that stretches Cushing's acting ability farther than most of his horror efforts. It's still a genre film – you could label it a crime/film noir movie – but nevertheless, it's got far more dramatic content and character development than the average Hammer film. Cushing is really superb as the cantankerous bank manager; his character is initially quite unpleasant, but as the plot unfolds he becomes gradually, genuinely more sympathetic.

It would be remiss of me to praise Cushing and forget to mention Andre Morell, who plays the debonair bank robber. His performance is wonderfully smug and, for lack of a better word, cool. The two actors have a great rapport throughout the movie, and together they hold the viewer's attention without the aid of any flashy sets or action sequences.

Clearly a modest movie, made for less money than it takes to film a TV show today, "Cash on Demand" is nevertheless a solid caper flick that deserves the attention of movie fans – particularly those who, like me, are interested in seeing Cushing flex his acting muscles outside the realm of vampires and other forms of animated corpses.


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