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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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Cast

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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
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Meadows
Aubrey Woods ...
Undertaker
Enid Lowe ...
W.V.A. Leader
Andonia Katsaros ...
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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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Comedy | Crime

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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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Undertaker: Is this your first bereavement, Mr McLeavy?
Mr. McLeavy: Yes it is.
[the undertaker reaches into his pocket and pulls out a booklet]
Undertaker: [reciting mechanically] May I recommend this little booklet. We find it particularly helpful to newcomers to these occasions. You will find therein words of comfort from various sources: the New Testament, the Old Testament, the Talmud and the Koran. Strike out whichever is inapplicable.
Mr. McLeavy: My wife was a Protestant.
Undertaker: It takes all sorts to make a world, sir. Yesterday we buried a ...
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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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The wit of spoken word and situation survive the awful music
18 December 2005 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

I wonder if it would be possible to re-edit this comic gem to eliminate the dreadful backing song(s). Its a play in which the absurdity of conventional attitudes is lampooned and the stirling performances by Milo O'Shea and Attenborough carry it off in the larger style required for big screen. It may mystify those hooked on two modern types of comedy film: those which mock the people who don't conform and those which don't ever rise beyond crude vaudeville. Loot sympathises with those who defy and subvert social codes. It has more in common with the intelligent humour of Harold and Maude or The Producers than with the raucous Eddie Murphy / Chevvy Chase shout-fests. Of course, its difficult. The hard of thinking may have to replay some of the one liners to appreciate the ironies - the targets are attitudes rather than personal blemishes. This is not the world of Joan Rivers either - there is no bitchy 'humour' Orton, while deliberately offending against 'good taste' never sets his sights on anything quite so grubby. The cast are all likable but absurd. Even in Orton's more bitchy plays like 'What the Butler Saw' he doesn't aim at vindictiveness - its the institution he undermines. Loot is satire, not sarcasm. The well paced direction and the crisp, non-self-indulgent acting make this a forgotten treat which should be revived, as it has been for such diverse actors as Leonard Rossiter and Kenneth Williams on stage within living memory.


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