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1972 (UK) See more »
The BIG bank-heist is on! See more »
A bank security expert plots with a call girl to rob three safety deposit boxes containing $1.5 million in cash belonging to three very different criminals from a high-tech security bank in Hamburg, Germany. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Warren Beatty ... Joe Collins

Goldie Hawn ... Dawn Divine

Gert Fröbe ... Mr. Kessel

Robert Webber ... Attorney

Scott Brady ... Sarge
Arthur Brauss ... Candy Man
Robert Stiles ... Major

Wolfgang Kieling ... Granich
Bob Herron ... Bodyguard (as Robert Herron)

Christiane Maybach ... Helga
Hans Hutter ... Karl
Monica Stender ... Berta
Horst Hesslein ... Bruno
Wolfgang Kuhlman ... Furcoat
Klaus Schichan ... Knifeman (as Klaus Tschichan)
Tove Platon ... Customs
Kirsten Lahman ... Customs
Françoise Blanc ... $ Stripper (as Francoise Blanc)
Darrell Armstrong ... Associated Press
Walt Trott ... Stars and Stripes

Directed by
Richard Brooks 
Writing credits
Richard Brooks (written by)

Produced by
M.J. Frankovich .... producer
Original Music by
Quincy Jones 
Cinematography by
Petrus R. Schlömp (photography) (as Petrus Schloemp)
Film Editing by
George Grenville 
Makeup Department
Robert Jiras .... makeup artist (as Bob Jiras)
Barry Richardson .... hairdresser
Ernst Schmekel .... makeup artist
Production Management
Frank Winterstein .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Shaw .... assistant director
Art Department
Olaf Ivens .... scenic designer
Joe LaBella .... props (as Joe La Bella)
Guy Sheppard .... scenic designer
Sound Department
Jack Haynes .... sound re-recordist
Vince Melandri .... sound editor
Arthur Piantadosi .... sound re-recordist (as Arthur R. Piantadosi)
Nancy Sammons .... assistant sound editor
Jerry Stanford .... sound editor
Richard Tyler .... sound re-recordist
Jan van der Eerden .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Karl Petri .... gaffer
Phil Stern .... stillman
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Johannes Kohner .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Murray Jordan .... assistant editor
Music Department
Ralph James Hall .... music editor (as Ralph Hall)
Other crew
Elsa De Bruycker .... technical advisor
Don Elliott .... the human instrument
Al Horwits .... public relations
Gene Levy .... auditor
Marshall Schlom .... script supervisor
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Heist" - Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), UK
"Bank Jack" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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121 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:12 (DVD) (2010) | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (video) | USA:R

Did You Know?

Actress Goldie Hawn has said of this movie: "It smelled like a hit. Warren [Beatty] and I in Germany, plotting a robbery from a bank, with me as a hooker. Richard Brooks directing. But it didn't work". Moreover, Hawn has also said of her characterization in this film: "It was a total bust," she said. "I didn't like my character or what I did with her. It was a totally unthought out, unconscious performance. I can't even look at the picture".See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): It appears that there was an error in Sarge's calculation of how much the Candy Man's heroin-filled baseballs were worth: if "one baseball is worth $19,000, and the Candy Man has prepared 24 of them", then $19,000 multiplied by 24 is only $456,000, not $470,000. Each baseball would have to be worth $19,583.33&1/3 for 24 balls to be worth $470,000.See more »
[the Attorney shows his bodyguard the empty safety deposit box]
Bodyguard:I don't belive it! $830,000... gone. How?
Attorney:[stammering] I... I don't know. It's just...
Bodyguard:What are we going to tell Vegas?
Attorney:Whatever you tell them, they're not gonna belive it. I know those guys. They're killers. If you tell them the money's gone, stolen, or we got ripped off... they're gonna think we stole it.
Bodyguard:What do we do now?
Attorney:Start running. Jesus... man, you can't trust a bank!
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
world's most exhausting chase scene, 16 August 2014
Author: blanche-2 from United States

"$" from 1971 stars Warren Beatty, Goldie Hawn, Scott Brady, Gert Frobe, and Robert Webber. Filmed in Europe, the story is about a bank security expert (Beatty) who plans on robbing said bank -- but only the safe deposit boxes belonging to thieves who can't go to the police. He's helped by a prostitute (Hawn) who has entertained these guys.

Very good heist film, with the world's longest and most exhausting chase scene I've ever seen. You'll be ready for bed by the time it's over. Warren Beatty is terrific as the cool, self-assured security man who somehow remains calm in the face of adversity. Hawn is a riot as a former Las Vegas showgirl who is a nervous wreck about her part in the heist.

I would only say, at 2 hours plus, it's a little long for what it is. They could have cut as much as a half an hour and been fine.

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