A group of British criminals plans the robbery of the Royal Mail train on the Glasgow-London route.

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Paul Clifton
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Kate Clifton
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Inspector George Langdon
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Robinson
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Frank
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Dave Aitken
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Jack
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Ben
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Squad Chief
Michael McStay ...
Don
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Rachel Herbert ...
School teacher
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Freddy (as Patrick Jordon)
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Car Lot owner
Kenneth Farrington ...
Seventh Robber (as Ken Farrington)
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A dramatization of the Great Train Robbery. While not a 'how to', it is very detail dependent, showing the care and planning that took place to pull it off. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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2 February 1968 (France)  »

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Joanna Pettet replaced an actress who dropped out. See more »

Goofs

When the cop breaks the windscreen it shatters into "pebbles" like tempered glass (used in sidelights and backlights), but windscreens are made of triplex safety glass that doesn't shatter that way (it breaks pretty much like regular window glass) and has a flexible center layer that holds the pieces together. See more »

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Breaking Into The Mail Van
Music by Johnny Keating, Lyrics by Tommy Scott
Performed by John Keating And His Orchestra
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Tightly done, no nonsense caper, Yates style
17 June 2009 | by (Belgrade, Serbia) – See all my reviews

This movie is well made, with a typical trade mark approach by the crime picture craftsman Peter Yates was. There's no big bang, no unnecessary violence, just the pace that tells the story. This method Yates used successfully in his Hollywood years building up a plot without too much distraction from standard story fillers, which produced great films such as "Bullitt" and "The Friends of Eddie Coyle". In this one Yates gives the audience just enough to paint a picture of a big time robbery, with minimal character development but enough to serve the purpose.

A must see for the fans of this classic director, not great but rather good crime movie that they don't make any more.


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