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Inspector Truscott
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Nurse Fay McMahon
Hywel Bennett ...
Dennis
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Mr. McLeavy
Roy Holder ...
Hal
Dick Emery ...
Mr. Bateman
Joe Lynch ...
Father O'Shaughnessy
John Cater ...
Meadows
Aubrey Woods ...
Undertaker
Enid Lowe ...
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Andonia Katsaros ...
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Harold Innocent ...
Bank Manager
Kevin Brennan ...
Vicar
Jean Marlow ...
Mrs. McLeavy
Robert Raglan ...
Doctor
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Based on the play by Joe Orton, this film follows the adventures of two pals who have pulled off a bank robbery and have to hide the loot. Fortunately one of them works in a funeral parlor and they have a coffin to spare. Then there's the gold-digger nurse and the gonad-grabber detective and a host of other wonderful characters. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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When Joe Orton's original play was first staged in 1967, it was subjected to many alterations by order of the Lord Chamberlain's Office, the theatrical censorship body of the day (soon to be abolished). Several lines were cut or rewritten, and the censors also insisted that the dead body of "Mrs. McLeavy", who is never seen alive in the play, should be represented by a dummy rather than an actress - an odd request, as using a dummy would have been standard anyway, and, indeed, several productions of the play have avoided actually showing the body at all. When this film was made, the adapters took great pleasure in restoring all the deleted or altered lines, without exception - and "Mrs. McLeavy", as a special credit announces at the end of the film, was played by actress June Marlow, the ex-wife of Spike Milligan. See more »

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Nurse Fay McMahon: The British police used to be run by men of integrity!
Inspector Truscott: That was a mistake that has now been rectified.
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Written by Keith Mansfield
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Didn't hold my attention
2 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Loot" is a British comedy based on a Joe Orton play with a dark, funny premise. Young men manage to steal money from a bank vault, attempt to hide it in a coffin that already holds a body, remove the body, and then are stuck attempting to hide both.

Hywel Bennett plays Dennis, one of the young robbers, who lays every woman in sight; Milo O'Shea plays his father; Richard Attenborough is the Inspector on the bank case; and Lee Remick plays a sexy nurse caring for Dennis' mother and looking for a rich man. I confess it took me a while to recognize her. She looks totally different here as a sexy, bombshell blonde, and speaks with an accent.

This is a very '60s film, sort of Carry on Doctor Meets Caper Film, and some of it comes off as a little tired and frantic today. Still, the acting is good, and it is an amusing story. Made even a few years later, it might have been a darker and tighter film.


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