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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 ...
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Brian Rawlinson ...
Henry Blobbitt
David Horne ...
Judge
Frank Forsyth ...
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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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17 November 1967 (France)  »

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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 million 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 Sidney James' character's name is Brain, hence the Great Brain Robbery. These are all obvious references to the Great Train Robbery. See more »

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The wire to pull the harpoon out of the harpoon-gun can be clearly seen in the shot just before the first one is fired into the tree. See more »

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Come Friends and Plough the Sea
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from "The Pirates of Penzance"
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert
Arranged by Eric Rogers
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Fairly funny comedy.
11 September 2004 | by (Stockton, England) – See all my reviews

Based around the old chestnut of having crooks rob a bank, bury the loot but later find that that the area has been built upon, this is a fun mid-sixties comedy. Not quite a 'Carry On' (it's not as funny, for a start), it does share much of that series style (as well as sharing the production team, writer and three of its stars).

Sid James is, well, Sid James in this. A bit muted perhaps, but it's always nice to see him. He is backed expertly by the likes of Dick Emery and Lance Percival, a fine pair of comedians who seldom were seen on the big screen. The big revelation (for me at least) is Sylvia Syms splendid comic performance. Syms is best known for her serious dramatic roles in the likes of 'Victim' or 'Ice Cold In Alex' and it is a pleasant surprise to see her in a comedy.

'The Big Job' has its problems, the plot as mentioned above, was hardly original and plans for this movie began in the late fifties. Quite a few writers had a bash at the script (including Spike Milligan) and the final script, by Talbot Rothwell, while fair, was far from the comic masterpieces he was coming up with for the 'Carry On' series proper.

If 'The Big Job' isn't a comedy classic, it is an entertaining little movie, well worth catching on one of its many television re-runs.


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