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Loot (1970)

R | | Comedy, Crime | 1 May 1970 (UK)
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 ... See full summary »

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Inspector Truscott
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Nurse Fay McMahon
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Dennis
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Mr. McLeavy
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Hal
Dick Emery ...
Mr. Bateman
Joe Lynch ...
Father O'Shaughnessy
John Cater ...
Meadows
Aubrey Woods ...
Undertaker
Enid Lowe ...
W.V.A. Leader
Andonia Katsaros ...
Policewoman
Harold Innocent ...
Bank Manager
Kevin Brennan ...
Vicar
Jean Marlow ...
Mrs. McLeavy
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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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The character of the corrupt Inspector Truscott is generally regarded as playwright Joe Orton's revenge on the police force - he had once served a short prison sentence for defacing library books. The character was, as he conceded, also based to an extent on the notorious Detective-Sergeant Harold Challenor, whom he never met, but who had been at the center of a great scandal in 1963. Challenor was found to have planted evidence to ensure a conviction in a number of cases, including those of innocent people. The fictitious Truscott even uses a catch-phrase of Challenor's. See more »

Goofs

When the hearse that Dennis is driving goes out of control because its brakes have failed, and the other vehicles in the funeral procession accelerate to keep up, they lurch round several corners. Skid marks from previous takes are visible on each corner. See more »

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[cautioning Mr McLeavy]
Inspector Truscott: I must warn you, sir, that anything you say may be taken down, twisted round, altered and used in evidence against you.
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References The Public Enemy (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Mother's Waltz
Written by Keith Mansfield
Performed by The Keith Mansfield Orchestra
Sung by Steve Ellis
Chorus by Doris Troy, Madeline Bell and Sue Glover and Sunny Leslie (as Sue & Sunny)
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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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