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A Prize of Arms (1962)

A criminal gang sets out to pull off the heist of a large army payroll.

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Helmut Schmid ...
Swavek
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Fenner
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Col. Fowler
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RSM Hicks
John Westbrook ...
Capt. Stafford
Kenneth MacKintosh ...
Capt. Nicholson (as Kenneth Mackintosh)
Jack May ...
MO
Frank Gatliff ...
Maj. Palmer
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Cpl. Freeman
Rio Fanning
John Rees ...
Sgt. Jones
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A criminal gang sets out to pull off the heist of a large army payroll.

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'Never in the history of crime was so much taken from so many by so few'

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Crime | Drama

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12 October 1962 (West Germany)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Superior thriller with Stanley Baker
15 December 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A PRIZE OF ARMS is quite similar stylistically to Stanley Baker's HELL DRIVERS, although not quite as good as that movie. It's an engaging little piece that tells of a trio of crooks who set an elaborate plan into action to rob an army payroll. The plan involves them infiltrating an army camp and posing as soldiers before they truly set the wheels in motion.

This makes for tight, focused story-telling throughout, with no time for the usual romantic sub-plots and the like to pad out the storyline. In fact, there are no actresses in the film whatsoever. The use of a flamethrower in some crucial scenes also makes for novelty value and this feels way ahead of its time in that respect.

Baker gives a dependable turn as the antihero lead and the supporting cast has also been well chosen. What's particularly interesting is the sheer quantity of future famous faces lining up to play the soldiers: Rodney Bewes, Patrick Magee, Stephen Lewis, Geoffrey Palmer, Fulton Mackay, and Michael Ripper are all present here and certainly add to the experience for British cinema fans.


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