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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 overview, first billed only:
Sidney James ...
George Brain
Myrtle Robbins
Dick Emery ...
Frederick 'Booky' Binns
Joan Sims ...
Mildred Gamely
Lance Percival ...
Timothy 'Dipper' Day
Edina Ronay ...
Sally Gamely
Police Sergeant
Reginald Beckwith ...
Register Office Official
Michael Ward ...
Brian Rawlinson ...
Henry Blobbitt
David Horne ...
Frank Forsyth ...
Bank Cashier
Bank Official
Dot Franklin


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 <>

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heist | independent film


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


Comedy | Mystery


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Release Date:

5 October 1965 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Atraco imperfecto  »

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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 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 »


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 »


Referenced in Blue Streak (1999) See more »


Lyrics by William S. Gilbert and music by Arthur Sullivan
Sung by the police choir.
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An enjoyably light film from the Carry On school of comedy
30 June 2003 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A group of criminals led by George Brain (known to himself as `The Great Brain') plan to rob a bank. Although the job doesn't go totally to plan, they do get away with £15K. However the police catch them as they make their get away and George is forced to stash the money in a hollow tree. For refusing to say where the money is the group get 15 years each in prison but vow to escape. 15 years later they are released and immediately go to find the tree – but find that a new town has sprung up where once there was fields. Happily the tree is still standing – unfortunately it is now standing in the back yard of a police station. The gang take up rooms in a B&B across the street to plan their next move.

Although I doubt I will ever prove it, I maintain that this film must have been a source of inspiration for the film Blue Streak. The set up is identical although the follow through is different. Regardless of this, The Big Job is an enjoyable film with plenty of Carry On style humour (although not part of the series proper). The plot is good and has a few nice touches towards the end. Although the comedy stays away from the bawdy antics of later Carry On features, it does have a gentle line in innuendo. My favourite lines involve one of the characters talking about animals that odd names – such as a lengthy discussion on the rarity of the bird the `Little Bustard' – had me laughing! The slap stick of the piece is also done well and there are some nice set pieces – although some are a little obvious.

The cast are good and work well together with so many Carry On faces. Sid James is good value and uses his facial expressions well (albeit without the trademark laugh). A young Emery is funny and Percival is quite enjoyable. The best members of the cast are those who have smaller inputs which are usually funny. Dale is amusing as the cop but Guyler (who has but 3 scenes) is good value for money. Joan Sims is funny playing a slightly amorous widow! Edina Ronay plays her daughter and, at only 20 at the time, is very, very sexy – and made even more so by the fact that she really plays that side of her character up!

Overall this is an enjoyable film that will appeal to anyone who watches the Carry On films there were made around the same period. It has a good plot, some nice sequences and plenty of good lines or characterisations. You won't be roaring with laughter but it is amusing and funny enough to justify watching.

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