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The Big Job (1965)

 -  Comedy | Mystery  -  5 October 1965 (UK)
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An inept gang of bank robbers, led by George The Brain, are caught and sentenced to 15 years hard labour each. When they are released from prison they start out to collect the money they ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sidney James ...
George Brain
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Myrtle Robbins
Dick Emery ...
Frederick 'Booky' Binns
Joan Sims ...
Mildred Gamely
Lance Percival ...
Timothy 'Dipper' Day
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Harold
Edina Ronay ...
Sally Gamely
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Police Sergeant
Reginald Beckwith ...
Register Office Official
Michael Ward ...
Undertaker
Brian Rawlinson ...
Henry Blobbitt
David Horne ...
Judge
Frank Forsyth ...
Bank Cashier
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Bank Official
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Dot Franklin
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An inept gang of bank robbers, led by George The Brain, are caught and sentenced to 15 years hard labour each. When they are released from prison they start out to collect the money they had stolen and which George had hidden in a hollow tree during the chase in which they were caught. The only trouble is that the tree was in the middle of a lonely lane when they were imprisoned; now, 15 years later, the tree is in the backyard of a Police Station... Written by Rhino <rhino@blueyonder.co.uk>

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WANTED in connection with THE GREAT TRAIN ROBBERY otherwise know as...

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5 October 1965 (UK)  »

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Trivia

At the end of the film, Joan Sims as new head of the gang, plans to rob a train from Edinburgh with used bank notes worth five millions pounds. This film was made two years after the Great train robbery however that train was from Glasgow and was carrying 2.6 million pounds in used bank notes. Joan also mentions changing the signal to red which occurred during the Great train robbery. Also Sid James character's name is Brain, hence the Great Brain robbery. These are all obvious references to the Great train robbery. See more »

Goofs

In a scene where the robbers are climbing into the police station back yard, the ladder they are using does not reach the top of the wall. However, when they drop down on the other side, the top of the ladder is at least 2 feet above the wall. Similarly when George first spies the ladder against the girl's window, it reaches above the window ledge, but when the young man climbs it when the couple are eloping, it does not reach to the window. See more »

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Referenced in Blue Streak (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Come Friends and Plough the Sea
(uncredited)
from "The Pirates of Penzance"
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by William S. Gilbert
Arranged by Eric Rogers
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Carry On Thieving
25 August 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Totally agree with all other reviewers of this brilliant film that it's a Carry On film in everything but name. Made between the filming of Carry On Cleo and Cowboy and starring the usual batch of actors at the time there's probably 2 reasons why this wasn't given the 'Carry On' title - 1 it's in black and white, the carry on series had by now already moved and would stay in colour and 2 - what could it have been called? Carry on Criminal/ Thieving/ Stealing all send out a message that crime is fun so are probably unsuitable, 'Carry on the Big Job' doesn't really work so maybe that's why it's not included in the series proper but let's face it this IS pure Carry On and a fantastic addition to the films the team were making at the time and easily the funniest non Carry On title made by Gerald Thomas and Peter Rogers. I have all the carry on films (and this on DVD) and every year or so I watch them in order and I always include this between Cleo and Cowboy, as far as I'm concerned there were 32 Carry On films - Don't Lose Your Head and Follow That Camel were quickly re-released with the Carry On prefix - although that was just because of a change of distributer, it's a shame this wasn't added because it sits perfectly into the series. Chances are everyone involved treated this as a continuation of the series anyway. A very funny film.


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