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The Big Job (1965)

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:
Dick Emery ...
Lance Percival ...
Sally Gamely
Reginald Beckwith ...
Register Office Official
Michael Ward ...
Brian Rawlinson ...
Henry Blobbitt
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 <rhino@blueyonder.co.uk>

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Release Date:

17 November 1967 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Atraco imperfecto  »

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Opening credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. 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 »


[under sufference, George has got married to Myrtle; the registrar has just pronounced them husband and wife]
George Brain: [to the registrar] You haven't heard the last of this. I shall appeal.
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References Z Cars (1962) See more »


Come Friends and Plough the Sea
from "The Pirates of Penzance"
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert
Arranged by Eric Rogers
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Apparently money doesn't grow on trees even when it's planted there
26 August 2012 | by See all my reviews

Or, Carry On Where You Left Off. This Rogers/Thomas British comedy used to be on UK TV regularly up to 30 odd years ago, along with other films such as Two Way Stretch. While that and many others still get shown this has got forgotten, it's not hard to see why: it's sub-Carry On humour in dreary black and white surroundings with only some of the usual cast.

Bumbling gang of crooks steal £50,000 in 1950, get caught, hide the loot in a tree, go to jail, get out 15 years later to find the tree now in the backyard of a new police station. And so it goes on – how to get that money out with various ultimately slapstick ideas conjured up by George The Brain (the inimitable Sid James). His over-loyal gang of Sylvia Syms, Dick Emery and Lance Percival back him up through thick and thin, mainly thin – it might have been an interesting plot move for Percival to have to get married as well…What a shame Deryck Guyler didn't get some more lines. There's some good mundane and comedic ideas buried in here, I thought the film was pretty cool when I was 11 but that world has long gone. The only 3 women in this were all sex-mad superficial stereotypes. Favourite bits: Sid continually demanding tanners for the telescope; hiding the earth from the digging a la Great Escape, some typically coarse – but side-splitting – solutions to that particular problem! Flat humour for most of the film, just when it seemed to be getting going it was gone – obviously abiding by the maxim to always leave 'em asking for more.

Especially for any Brit over 40 it's easy viewing, an enjoyable familiar farce featuring familiar faces.

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