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Strongroom (1962)

| Crime, Drama | May 1962 (UK)
During a bank robbery, the manager and a cashier are locked in the strongroom while the crooks escape. Later when the gang realise that their plan to release the pair has gone wrong, they ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Gordon ...
Mr. Spencer
John Chappell ...
John Musgrove
Ann Lynn ...
Rose Taylor
Keith Faulkner ...
Alec (as Morgan Sheppard)
Hilda Fenemore ...
Diana Chesney ...
Ian Colin ...
Pamela Conway ...
Colin Tapley ...
Kevin Stoney ...
Police Sergeant
Duncan Lewis ...
Mortuary Attendant
John Dearth ...
Police Sergeant Hopkins
Lockwood West ...
Police Inspector


During a bank robbery, the manager and a cashier are locked in the strongroom while the crooks escape. Later when the gang realise that their plan to release the pair has gone wrong, they return to the bank to try and release them before the police turn up.. Written by mike.wilson6@btinternet.com

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Twelve minutes to live... or die!


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Suspenseful from beginning to end
31 July 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This British suspense film is fantastic on every level. Two employees are closing up a bank before a long holiday weekend when in pop three masked robbers. They force the bank employees downstairs and get them to open the "strongroom" where all of the money is. The robbers get their money, bind and gag the two employees, and then something happens they didn't plan on. Two cleaning women appear upstairs. The robbers know they can't get away in the time it will take for the bank employees to escape and alert the cleaning women, so they panic and throw the employees into the airtight strongroom and make their getaway.

On the way back to their hideout, the leader, Griff (Darren Nesbitt), comes up with a plan to rescue the bank employees, who will suffocate by midnight if not found. He and one of the robbers will go back to the hideout, while the third drives to the train station, calls the police from there and tells them of the robbery, and then drives back to the hideout. Griff figures the police will get nothing from tracing a call to such a busy public place, they get to keep the money, and the bankers are saved.

It is all looking good until the police show up at the hideout - which is actually just an apartment. They are not there to arrest the two robbers. Instead they are there to tell them that their companion died instantaneously in an auto accident while driving towards the station. You see, one of the robbers is the dead robber's brother and next of kin. Thus the now dead robber could never have made the call. And worse the keys to the strongroom are in the morgue with the third robber's body.

These two guys don't mind stealing, and they don't mind threatening to get what they want, but they do not want a murder rap. At the same time the two bank employees are trying idea after idea to either break free from the strongroom or at least get an air hole to the place. Plus they both have to deal with the fact that although they are both expected at events later in the day, nobody has noticed their absence enough to inquire as to what happened to either of them, so there are the expected tales of regret that people often tell when they feel they are at the end of life.

How will this all work out? Watch and find out. It really is a gripping thriller and extremely well acted.

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