Several criminals use safe deposit boxes in a German bank to store large amounts of illicit cash. An employee of the bank learns who they are by means of a prostitute they all patronize, and devises a clever plan with her to steal the money. Now the criminals can't go to the police, but they can try to steal the money back... Written by
The BIG bank-heist is on!
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Did You Know?
Writer-director Richard Brooks
first started writing the $
(1971) script in early 1970, after long periods of research into many facets of the story. Brooks was a stickler for facts and they had to be accurate. He knew from the beginning that the film could only be made in a European city, so with his capable assistant Tom Shaw
, took off for a location recce inspection of foreign cities. They traveled to Vienna in Austria, Brussels in Belgium, Copenhagen in Denmark, and Hamburg in then West Germany. Finally. it was decided Hamburg had more to offer, scenically, as well as the colorful background needed for the colorful telling of a colorful story. See more
Joe identifies the vault's door as being "eight inches of tempered steel", but the door is clearly a lot thicker than eight inches. See more
[in an irritable voice as he disgustedly watches the Candy Man lean back and forth and crane his neck in various directions and climb around to look on different sides of the closet walls and tap the panelling with his knuckles
What're ya BUILDIN'?
The title (that is, the original title "$") appears only in the form of a giant character, as would be used in a sign, being transported by a crane while the other opening credits are displayed in the usual way. See more
Referenced in Ghost
Brooks' 50¢ Tour
Written by Quincy Jones
Sung by Little Richard
and Roberta Flack See more