The adventures and the exploits of notorious English thief and prison-breaker Jack Sheppard in 1720s London.

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Based on the adventures of Jack Sheppard, the thief and jail-breaker who became a folk hero in 1720s London. Jack is working as an apprentice to a clockmaker when his brother Tom is sentenced to be hanged for theft. To save Tom (who has a wife and children) he goes for help to the brutal 'Thief-taker General' Jonathan Wild. Wild mediates between the government and the criminal underworld, fencing stolen goods and delivering thieves who don't pay him tribute over to the authorities. He assigns Jack a robbery in return for saving Tom from the gallows, but when Jack learns that Tom is instead to be 'transported' to the colonies for a life of hard labour he refuses to cut Wild in on the proceeds. An angry Wild has Jack thrown in Newgate prison, from which he escapes, forming his own criminal outfit with another of Wild's disgruntled associates, Joseph 'Blueskin' Blake. Determined to crush this affront to his authority, Wild uses Jack's mistress Bess to trap him and has him jailed again. ... Written by Peter Brynmor Roberts

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The Thieftaker wants revenge...the hangman wants his neck...Gin Lane wants him back...Edgworth Bess just wants him ! See more »


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May 1969 (USA)  »

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Dov'è Jack?  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Jodie Foster planned to make a similar tale featuring John Malkovich as Jonathan Wild in the early 90's for Working Title, but it never came to fruition. See more »

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King George I was referred to only as King George during his lifetime. It was not until George II took the throne that his father was known as George I. See more »

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A True Story
2 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

Even though I saw this film when I was very young, I already knew the story of Wild the Thief-Taker and Shepherd who famously escaped from Newgate prison.

Apart from the liberty taken right at the end, the film more or less faithfully follows the true story. The temptation to bend the facts which is the hallmark of so many so-called historical films is resisted in this film and the film makers must be praised for that.

Of the performances, There is scarcely a poor performance, and Tommy Steele is ideally cast. Also good is Stanley Baker as the Thief-Taker and Alan Badel is good as always.

Because the film sticks to the facts, it makes it suitable to be watched by all the family.


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