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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

Policeman's Song
(uncredited)
Lyrics by William S. Gilbert and music by Arthur Sullivan
Sung by Harold and the police choir, and used as a theme during the film.
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Classic British comedy caper.
19 May 2000 | by (Dublin,Ireland) – See all my reviews

This film about the antics of a group of inept bank robbers is British comedy at its finest. It's Carry-on in everything but name, with regulars such as Sid, Jim Dale and Joan Sims.There are some wonderful performances, but for my money it's Dick Emery who steals the show. I love the part where himself and Sid James have messed up again and are questioned by Jim Dale (the constable) about their antics the previous night. Dick, convinced they've been nobbled, turns to Sid and says "Did you see the look he gave us?It was loaded with handcuffs!"Priceless.

This is what REAL comedy is all about and I'm eternally grateful to messrs Thomas,Rothwell and Rogers for providing us with moments like these we can cherish forever.


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